If you are in need of a place to print an angry rant full of falsehoods the Cape Cod Times is the place to publish. No need to worry about facts or truth you can make those up to suit your arguments without worrying. Let's take a look at a case in point...
An article called, Fishing Industry Decimates Herring by a self proclaimed scientist named...
ARTHUR C. COSTONIS
I can't print the entirety of the article here but will happily post the most ludicrous parts for the purpose of proving my point.
Ever heard of the monster herring tandem trawler technique? It's a dandy process whereby fast and electronically advanced ships (up to 165 feet long) work together to tow a small-meshed net the size of a football field between them. Sonar tracking determines the necessary depth.
He is trying to refer to mid-water herring trawling which utilizes six foot meshes to catch herring while allowing other species to escape. The boats are not fast only making around ten miles per hour. As far as electonically advanced goes...Alaska is way ahead of anything I have ever seen here.
The sonar technology can distinguish between herring and other fish species, but not between sea and river herring. They also can't avoid catching declining populations of striped bass, cod, haddock, squid or mackerel. In fact, the net traps anything in its path such as sea turtles, seals, tuna and dolphins.
I can't believe a, "scientist," would deviate so far from the facts. Test tows are used to protect river herring for which there was a minimal bycatch for 2011. Mid-water herring and mackeral fisheries have the best by-catch ratio on the East Coast and the best record for marine mammal avoidance of all of the net fisheries on the East Coast. (Now I will back that up with facts)
These unfortunate creatures become part of a category called "bycatch." They get sucked into a high-pressure vacuum gun and thrown back into the sea, dead or dying, never to reproduce. Meanwhile these same vacuum guns shoot the live herring into stocking boxes.
Where did they get this guy? Vacuum guns?? Thrown back into the Sea?? Shooting live herring....
That is a horrible misrepresentation of the fishery and is nothing short of deliberate slander. Herring are pumped aboard with a standard fish pump that is used in all of the herring fisheries in the United States, Norway, Europe, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. A centrifugal pump that isn't capable of producing high pressures it is used to pump seines and mid-water nets in many other pelagic fisheries as well providing food for people around the world. The herring fishery has industry observers and there is no shooting of anything back into the sea with any kind of gun.
What happens to our ocean when enormous volumes of sea life are removed on a regular basis? Reproduction can't keep up and a balanced ecosystem becomes an unbalanced desert. The "bycatch" tragedy goes beyond the irreparable harm to non-herring and includes unseen microorganisms, micro fauna/flora, fish eggs and spat, all of which are necessary for sea life reproduction and sustaining viable fish stocks.
Ok now we have gone completely into fantasyland. The herring fishery doesn't remove enormous volumes of anything. The vessels catch exactly what the management council allots for any given year. The tiny quota that is available off of Cape Cod is of no consequence to the fishery and most would rather see it moved elsewhere if it would stop the crying, whining, and squealing that occurs every time some herring are caught there. Since there is no, "by-catch tragedy," or damage to unseen micro-organisms and fish eggs I am going to ride right past the rest of this screed and sum up.
This sad attempt to malign herring fishermen is both unnecessary and pathetic. It is hard enough to make a living today without every person with a factless rant getting published in the newspaper. The herring campaigners of Cape Cod are stepping up their rhetoric and lies in the hopes of duping even more of the public and inciting hatred against the few remaining herring fishermen left. I am not sure what they are putting in the water on the Cape but it's starting to look a lot like vinegar.
Here are the supporting articles...
and the original article cited..