Can’t lay off the fish stories

by Yule Heibel on May 31, 2003

Africa’s bushmeat trade, which is forcing several rare species towards extinction, is fuelled by European Union policy, according to John Lawton, the head of the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council. Seems the West is overfishing with huge factory-type trawlers far off-shore, which deplete the fish stocks closer to shore where the artisinal fishers work (i.e., the people actually fishing to feed their families and communities), and this is forcing the latter to hunt bushmeat, including rare and endangered species.

Further north, wild salmon stock is declining drastically in Scotland, due largely to the sea lice clustered around farmed salmon sites.

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