Harold Coward, Rosemary Ommer, and Tony Pitcher
Today in Canada, the fish stocks of both the east
and west coasts are in serious trouble. The
once-great cod stocks have collapsed; the Fraser
River salmon stocks seem to have done likewise.
Coastal communities are in crisis. The majority of
the great world fisheries are seriously
over-exploited, and some bodies of water are
effectively dead. The problem has to lie with the
manner in which we run our fisheries. The issues
are ethical as well as social and environmental.
A team of humanists, natural scientists, and social
scientists came together to examine the question of justice in the Canadian
fisheries and to seek an ethical foundation upon which to base guidelines for
fisheries policies and decision-making in the future. Just Fish, the result of
their work, argues that Canada could - and must - become a world leader
in developing fisheries management institutions that can protect the interests
of both fish and the fishers who depend upon them.
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