Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hypocrisy and Algore? Like Salmon and Carrots!

Algore, Mr. Eco-Friendly himself, the Grand Poo-bah of the Church of Global Warming, has racked himself up yet another "Do as I say," moment. At a recent wedding celebration for his daughter, among other things, the Gore family feasted on Chilean sea bass.

So, big deal, right?

Yes it is, actually; given that Chilean sea bass is one of the most endangered of sea species, and as much as 50 percent of the species currently on the market is illegally caught.

Also known as Patagonian toothfish, the species is under pressure from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities in the Southern Ocean, jeopardising the sustainability of remaining stocks.

The species is currently managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources, the body which introduced a catch and trade documentation scheme as an attempt to tackle illegal poaching of this species.

Working with non-government organisations, the Humane Society International's focus is now on pursuit of illegal fishing operators who, in the rush to cash in on the highly valued species, plunder stocks with no regard for sustainability.

It has been estimated that more than 50 per cent of toothfish traded is illegally caught, and includes juveniles vital to the ongoing toothfish population.

Yeah, I know. Restrictions are for the "little people."