"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Paging Dr. Rose

Fisheries science fared badly in the years following the moratorium, serving as a scapegoat to a smattering of politicians, fishermen and industry people who needed someone to blame. As pointed out by John Crosbie to angry fishermen, he didn't catch the fish — but neither did scientists. Scientists also never pushed for increased quotas, as did industry and many politicians, and their pleas for moderation in catches and warnings that model predictions were based on uncertain assumptions often went unheeded.

- George A. Rose, yes, that George A. Rose, Cod: The Ecological History of the North Atlantic Fisheries, [Breakwater, 2007], p. 537.


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