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Fishing and Culling – The Truth!

13 November 2012, 08:45

I seem to be making ‘friends’ here faster than I can guzzle down a Quarter Pounder with Cheese.  My newest, Zion, seems utterly confused about the merits of fishing and culling.

I started fishing around the age of four or five and with my first catch, I was hooked.

Since then, I’ve shared this lifelong passion with other anglers around the world, who respect nature and understand man’s impact on the environment.

Most of our fishing is catch-and-release and we always ensure that every effort is made to protect whatever fish we’re catching and that no unnecessary loss of life or damage to the fish occurs.

Fishing provides the world with a protein-rich food source that’s essential for mankind’s survival.  From commercial whaling or whaling for scientific research, to population-control measures with dolphins etc, it’s the only way to keep the numbers in check and help mother nature stay balanced and in tune with mankind’s demand on her natural resources.

I don’t get to go too often, but at heart, I’m a deep-sea fisherman.  Just love it!  We’re a group of responsible anglers who take our sport seriously and who understand the role that fish play in the global economy.  Yes, we’ve caught a few sharks and other glorious trophy fish, and although we’d never support the catching of sharks for their fins, we understand that that industry has a place too as it puts food on the table for starving families in China, much like the few whales caught feed homes in Japan.

Likewise, and what Zion doesn’t seem to understand, is that the controlled culling of seals around the world, has little to do with fur trade and everything to do with ensuring that the seals don’t deplete fish stocks in our oceans.

Based on the comments on those articles, it appears that most people commenting here have no clue about how destructive seals can be and how much impact they have on the world’s fish supplies.  A little bonk on the pup’s head goes a long way in ensuring that our human species can continue to feast off our ocean’s abundance.

I read comments on articles about abortion and pro-choice, but it seems hypocritical to me that when we’re talking about controlling the human population, it’s okay to just terminate pregnancies but not okay to cull a few pups here and there to protect our food supply from scavenger seals who are more of a pest and who often interfere with our fishing trips.  I’ve lost countless monster catches to these vermin.

Similarly, elephants the world over are the most destructive force in the jungles and wastelands of Africa.  These behemoths eat more landscape than any forestry operation could ever dream of doing.  Controlled culling is the only way to go.

It’s about understanding the impact and helping to keep the fine balance.  More importantly, it’s about human survival and if we’re to remain top of the food chain, we cannot get too sentimental about our need to stay well-fed.

It’s just a numbers game and while the fish and land animals still outnumber our species probably a thousand to one,   there’s room for additional but necessary sacrifice.

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