Fish Flip
The Outsized Dangers of Overfishing
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  • gabrielsyme

    You can see a particular way to perhaps help this particular ecosystem flip back, which is to create a market for all those jellyfish. But for the jellyfish, fish would return at the margins of the area, gradually eroding the hypoxic zone as they consume phytoplankton. An effective fishing ban on mackerel, etc. in the area and adjacent zones would also be necessary until the entire hypoxic zone is eliminated.

    I’d imagine jellyfish could be made into some kind of animal or fish feed.

  • TommyTwo

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll both end up starving.

    🙂

  • free_agent

    What can actually be done? We have two strategies for preventing the tragedy of the commons: property rights and government regulation. The fisheries seem to be subject to neither. And it doesn’t look politically feasible to install either.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Actually the problem is a lack of property rights (which in fairness, I believe you are alluding to), and a surfiet of government intervention. The number of subsidized (or outright government-owned) fishing fleets are what is driving the overfishing problem….

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