Thursday, October 14, 2010

Corruption in American Fisheries

As part of my ongoing series about corruption and ineptitude in America here is a sad article about the sad state of marine and coastal management in America. As some one who has spent some time researching and promoting sustainable coastal management policies in the developing world it is depressing to be reminded how badly the developed world screws up its own management systems.
One small critique however of the article. The author is writing from a clearly "hard-green" perspective which I think is outdated and unhelpful. Demonizing coastal resource users and their buddy politicians, even if they are "demons," is not productive. Environmentalists have been doing it for the past 50 years ever since Rachel Carson and the results have not been good. We need a new strategy.

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