"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Morning LEUnacy

Would you like salt and vinegar with your plastic bag and chips?
Fishermen will be paid to catch plastic, rather than fish, under bold new plans from the EU's fisheries chief, aimed at providing fleets with an alternative source of income to reduce pressure on dwindling fish stocks.

Maria Damanaki, commissioner for fisheries, will unveil a trial project in the Mediterranean this month, which will see fishermen equipped with nets to round up the plastic detritus that is threatening marine life, and send it for recycling.

The move is intended as a sweetener to fishermen who have bitterly opposed the European commission's plans to ban the wasteful practice of discarding edible fish at sea. Fleets fear they will lose money by not being able to throw away lower-value catch.
Talk about the perils of lateral thinking.  This is supposed to eliminate the problem of discards - catching and then throwing back fish that exceed EU quotas.  What about looking at the methods of trawling, the size of the nets and the mesh, or deep-sea dredging instead?

UPDATE:  Sorry, I can't believe I forgot to post the link: Source

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