FISHERIES

Carpenter, Betsy
What Price Dolphin? Scientists are reckoning the true cost of sparing an endearing mammal (PDF)
June 1994
"Six years ago, when a heartbreaking video of dolphins thrashing in the net of a Panamanian tuna boat was flashed across television screens around the world, the solution for once seemed blessedly simple: Ban the fishing gear and practices that enmesh the sleek, endearing mammals along with yellowfin tuna." This article was first published in US News & World Report.

Childers, Hoyt
Mixed Blessings. Quotas down under: American fishermen get a firsthand look at New Zealand's management system
February 2007
"In 1986, New Zealand's Labor government introduced an individual transferable quota system to manage fisheries within its huge exclusive economic zone, one of the largest in the world ... For 20 years, New Zealand's experiment has sparked robust debate within the U.S. fishing community."

Platt, Teresa
Totems, Taboos, Sacred Cows and Tuna Fish
December 1997
"The U.S. high seas' tuna fleet was virtually eliminated from the yellowfin tuna fishery of the eastern tropical Pacific in less than five years. Why? The fishery, stretching from California to South America and out to Hawaii, is well-managed, healthy, and experiencing marine mammal mortality rates a fraction of what is allowed as biologically insignificant in U.S. fisheries." At the time of writing, the author was co-director of the San Diego-based Fishermen's Coalition.

Platt, Teresa
The meter is running: "Turtle safe" meets WTO
June 1997
"Fishermen are receiving a lesson in Global Economics 101 right now if they're watching the shrimp market. On May 1, the United States began embargoing imported wild shrimp from 40 countries in response to a lawsuit pushed by Earth Island Institute, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Humane Society of the United States, Sierra Club and Georgia Fishermen's Association." At the time of writing, the author was co-director of the San Diego-based Fishermen's Coalition.

Platt, Teresa
A Tuna Tale: Managing A Fishery to Increase Positives, Reduce Negatives
April 1996
"As farmers of the sea, fishermen use various equipment designed to harvest specific fish. ... A challenge for every fisherman is to design and use equipment and methods which selectively catch the target fish while minimizing non-targeted "bycatch" and discards." At the time of writing, the author was co-director of the San Diego-based Fishermen's Coalition.

Platt, Teresa, and Julius Zolezzi, Julius
Curbing irresponsible talk and irresponsible fishing
October 1995
"The recent blessing by five major environmental groups and twelve countries on a highly successful fishermen’s education program is a welcome change in the debate over how to best protect marine life. The U.S. State Department calls the La Jolla-based Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission’s efforts to reduce tuna fishing-related dolphin mortalities 'an environmental success story.' Futhermore, the Center for Marine Conservation, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund and Greenpeace are supportive. What’s going on here?"

Platt, Teresa
Strengthening "dolphin safe" while supporting responsible fishermen
June 1994
"Concerned citizens around the country are aware that legislation has been introduced to make changes to the popular 'dolphin safe' label on the cans of tuna fish. People who have never seen a tuna fishing boat are second guessing what is involved and worry if the dolphins are in any danger." At the time of writing, the author was co-director of the San Diego-based Fishermen's Coalition.

Platt, Teresa
It's not just a little fishing boat ...
December 1993
"For a fisherman, his fishing boat is everything. He mortgages the house to make the payments when fishing is poor. He pays down debt with the sweat of hard work when fishing is good. His boat is his means to an honest living." At the time of writing, the author was co-director of the San Diego-based Fishermen's Coalition.

Scott, Michael
The Tuna-Dolphin Controversy
August 1998
The author is a senior scientist with the Dolphin Programme of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. This article was first published in "Whalewatcher", a journal of the American Cetacean Society, and is reproduced with permission of the author.

Stolpe, Nils
"Fishing" isn't a four-letter word
September 2012
"Please excuse this intrusion on a national holiday. However, considering that Labor Day was designed to recognize the contributions and achievements of American workers, that fishermen are and since colonial times have been among the hardest working of those workers, and that the Congress and the current Administration are about to embark on an prohibitively expensive and totally unnecessary program to put many of those fishermen ... out of work without giving any consideration to alternatives that could keep them fishing, this seems a particularly appropriate time for it."

Stolpe, Nils
When it comes to the NOAA law enforcement scandal, "We're sorry" doesn't cut it
May 2011
"Much has been made of the coordinated apologies and associated media machinations of Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco for specific enforcement abuses targeting mid-Atlantic and New England fishermen and associated businesses."

Stolpe, Nils
Who, Us? An examination of who's catching what in the world of fishing
February 2005
"Ever since several Pew-funded researchers had the temerity to suggest that recreational angling could actually be detrimental to the health of fish stocks, recreational fishing advocates have been in a tizzy, vociferously proclaiming to anyone who will listen that 'it isn't us killing all the fish, it's those nasty netters'."

Stolpe, Nils
Saving Turtles? What do these organisations really want?
September 2004
"If you've been paying any attention at all to marine fisheries issues, you'll know that a handful of so-called environmental organizations have been making life miserable for just about every commercial fisherman (except, of course, for those few in organizations that have been won over to the side of these "conservationists" by lucrative foundation grants and the chance to use their connections to get a competitive edge on fishermen in competing fisheries) for most of the past decade."

Stolpe, Nils
Anatomy of an anti-fishing campaign
May 1999
"In their latest assault, the anti-commercial fishing interests are attempting to equate the use of bottom-tending trawls and dredges to the supposed environmental catastrophe called timber clear-cutting (actually an environmentally sound forestry technique when properly used but one that has been 'demonized' by anti-logging activists)."

Zolezzi, Julius, and Teresa Platt
Curbing irresponsible talk and irresponsible fishing
October 1995
"The recent blessing by five major environmental groups and twelve countries on a highly successful fishermen’s education program is a welcome change in the debate over how to best protect marine life. The U.S. State Department calls the La Jolla-based Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission’s efforts to reduce tuna fishing-related dolphin mortalities 'an environmental success story.' Futhermore, the Center for Marine Conservation, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund and Greenpeace are supportive. What’s going on here?"

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