call to save troubled oceans
Pollution, overfishing and poor management have put North America's oceans in serious peril, but it is not too late to save them, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy said yesterday.
The panel recommended setting up a special office at the White House to oversee a new, coordinated policy, doubling investment in scientific research and strengthening the ability of the government to police polluters and fisheries.
"We can do a much better job of protecting fish populations, for
example, by limiting catch levels based on science, and safeguarding fish
nursery areas and vulnerable sea bottom habitats from harmful fishing
practices like bottom trawling," said Daniel Pauly, director of the
UBC Fisheries Centre.