FOR COD’S SAKE
“There are none so blind as who will not see” could have been the headline of this great article [“The collapse of cod: Will we fillet the last fish?” February]. I own a boat, and I fish out of Montauk, New York. I fish inshore and offshore. As an observation from one who has been on the water for years as a recreational fisherman, the stocks of almost all fish are depleted.
I remember well the moratorium on striped bass and what happened to that stock after five years of being left alone. Now they again are facing unsupportable catch limits, with the same arguments against stricter quotas — that is, someone’s income will suffer.
Zach Harvey’s view that humanity has been given priority in efforts to rebuild the stocks of depleted fish is an unfortunate political reality. Who will speak for the fish? If anyone cares to read some descriptions of what the abundance of codfish was like many years ago I recommend Mark Kurlansky’s book Cod.
Frank Wade Northport, New York