From the Top of the Food Chain, With Love

Posted: September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree Indian Proverb

Planting trees

I stood up one day a few years ago on the edge of a jetty (pier) “Down de Islands” with my cousin. We had practically grown up there, coming to swim, lime and fishing since birth, and could remember the buckets of fish we caught there on a monthly basis, but some was different. I looked down, then looked to him and said “Where are all the fish?” He looked back at me and said “We fished them all out…” When we were young all we knew was that we were catching fish, we didn’t realize what the long term repercussions of such a seemingly harmless activity would be. Not giving the fish a chance to repopulate led to the water by that jetty becoming barren in that sense, so what happens when hunters are hunting wild and free during the hunting session and trawlers are killing more than just fish? You get (for once) a responsible response from the Government by putting a temporary ban and restrictions to hunting and trawling.

ISAPETo get his out of the way first, a serious issue that arises and that is being used as some sort of half-assed push against the ban is the prevalence of poaching (illegal hunting). To those pushing this, I ask: Since people drink and drive everyday and get away, is it acceptable to just allow drunk driving and forget about charging people with the offence? We must look at every piece that will improve the situation. This is an issue in it’s own right, not something that makes it okay for people to legitimately endanger the environment. Agreed though that additional measures need to be put in place to stop poachers. More Game Wardens (deputized if needed), even stiffer fines, and a combination of manpower and technology to bring the offenders to justice

before-and-after-viewTrawling and Hunting Restrictions are now being put into place in order to allow the environment to recover. Those who don’t see the bigger picture outside of their fishing trips and wild meat limes are up in metaphorical arms as are those who oppose them to prevent the impending Destruction of our Eco-System, Marine and Wildlife. The population of various species are in danger, and there needs to be a stop before they become endangered nationally. The Trawling is regarded as “the world’s most destructive fishing practice,”presenting a threat to many reefs and smaller species of fish. It is time to put a stop to the underlying destruction before it is too late.


tumblr_lvaw54AIDY1qmkmguo1_500The morality of hunting and trawling is not the issue here, it is the overall effect that it is having on the Environment in part and as a whole. Unless we can see outside of our own immediate pleasures of the present, we will doom ourselves for the future. I’m far from a bleeding heart environmentalist, and closer to a steak for every meal conservative. So what makes me take this stance?  The fact that if we don’t take measures to preserve what we have, and rebuild what we destroyed, we will have nothing in the future. The world would thrive without us, but we would die without the world. We own land, but the Earth owns us.

Paul-Daniel Nahous,
Someone who enjoys both Hunting and Fishing

 

Comments
  1. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure
    whether this post is written by him as no onee else know such detailed about my problem.
    You are amazing! Thanks!

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