weir at low tide

In the Maritimes, we’ve become used to hearing about fisheries quotas, disappearing species, the threat to livelihoods that depend upon the sea. A warm dry July has even brought a (temporary) end to salmon fishing in New Brunswick, as the fish need to stay cool in the deep pools, and they may overheat if harrassed and driven to shallower water. Of course it’s not as bad for us as for Newfoundlanders, who lost 90% of their livelihood when the bottom fell out of the cod fishery. But there are reminders all around us of how vibrant the fishing industry used to be here. This weir, its net bedraggled on the rocky shoreline, is one example of a rich resource people used to take for granted. No more.

Taken on May 31, 2009

4 thoughts on “weir at low tide

  1. It’s funny, isn’t it. You’d think people would say “We have a valuable resource here! Let’s practise appropriate stewartship and keep it healthy and enjoy it for centuries to come.” Instead, the knee jerk response always seems to be “Let’s exploit this valuable resource for all it’s worth until it’s gone!

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, barefootheart. I agree with you about the necessity of good stewardship, or at least a more realistic understanding of our inter-dependence (not dominion, that’s for sure). In terms of past mistakes, though, did people know they were overfishing, or did they just assume that the ocean’s bounty was bottomless? I guess you could say that the slippery slope starts if you’re catching more fish than you need for yourself, but then you can turn right around and blame the huge trawlers and factory ships on folks like me who didn’t want to bother growing or catching their own food. Of course, when you add our natural propensity for greed to our cavalier (or ignorant) attitude to our natural environment, well… you don’t have to look far to see the results, do you?

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