Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Whether the groupers, yellow croakers, shrimp and so on will recover is yet to be seen. What is clear is that it cannot go on. From numerous videos on youtube, photographs and newspaper reports, it is abundantly clear that most of the catch from the trawlers are trash, as much as 80% according to many reports. The amount of fish caught is small, and the fishes themselves are small.
Whose fault is it? The government blames the trawlers, sweeping out everything - particularly the young ones before they have a chance to grow bigger - indiscriminately, and destroying the ocean floor. The fishermen blame the large scale constructions such as the airport, the big ships churning up the ocean floor, and the dumping of garbage. There is no doubt there is a humongous amount of garbage in the water, and the big fishes are gone. There is probably some truth on both sides.
There is something very appealing in the image of fishermen catching food for us from the waters around us, and us going to the wet market to buy food from them that are fresh, beautiful, tasty and natural. It is really a shame that we cannot manage to keep it going.