Worm goes fishing
Who wasn’t alarmed upon hearing two weeks ago that our children and grandchildren won’t be able to order swordfish and lobster off the menu because the world’s fisheries are going to collapse by 2048?
It seems man’s gluttony for seafood has led to an overharvesting of the world’s waters. Or has it?
The Washington-based Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), in a response headlined “Worm goes fishing,” charges that the study’s lead author, Canadian scientist Boris Worm, was“trolling”formediahypewhenhe issued the following scary statement:
“Whetherwelookedattidepoolsor studies over the entire world’s ocean, we saw the same picture emerging. I was shocked and disturbed by how consistentthesetrendsare—beyond anything we suspected.”
Hold your sea horses. And don’t be stocking up on sardines, either.
“The fish-extinction bombshell appears to be more about attracting attention and prestige than objective truth-seeking,” counters the CCF. “Case in point: Worm accidentally sent a note meant for his colleagues to the Seattle Times, in which he wrote that the scary prediction could act as a ‘news hook to get people’s attention.’ ”
That said, the CCF has been busy compiling reaction from “notable fisheries experts” critical of the study,includingUniversityofBritish Columbia professor Kyle Waters, who reportedly told National Public Radio that the findings are “extremely misleading” and “wrong.”
Then there’s Ray Hilborn, a professorofaquaticandfisherysciences attheUniversityofWashington,who labeledMr.Worm’spredictions“just mind-boggling stupid.”