Articles - fisheries policy


from Trevor Bennett:
Michael and Simon - sparking off each other wonderfully. If either/ any of the recipients can get this into a few sentences that DEFRA will understand it would be even better. Meanwhile I will put all on our website and you can point people to the full discussion - a link from would be nice! {}

My simplistic quick response is that the fishing industry is about catching as much of the tasty (or tasteless for fussy kids) fish as possible, rather than as you say, stewarding the life cycles of all marine life, or looking at the unfashionable little flora and fauna from which the marine mammals get their omega 3s.

Stewarding the life cycles of all marine life? DEFRA's vision for marine fisheries

The UK's DEFRA (Dept of Food and Rural Affairs) has asked for urgent responses to their vision for marine fisheries in England for the next 20 years, and the Consumers' Food Group are coordinating these responses. The McCarrison Society has strong views about the benefits of a marine based diet, both in our evolution as a species  and in its prospects for the future, and our discussions  are  here in the form of a "blog" for your further comment and in the form of a WIKI here. Please register if you have not already done so and be logged in, in order to add your comments.


from Simon House:
Michael's comments on estuarial life prompt the thought that, as with human beings, the marine food-chain problem is a preconceptional one. A lifecycle view is essential, focusing on the most delicate phase, fertilization and reproduction.


From: The Lancet press office, Friday 16 February 2007

(Joseph Hibbeln, the current holder of the McCarrison Society's Cleave Award, presented his paper at the Society's Generating Healthy Brains conference in January 2006) 

Higher maternal seafood consumption during pregnancy results in children showing better neurological function than children whose mothers eat low amounts or no seafood during pregnancy, according to an Article published in this week’s issue of The Lancet.

Seafood is the predominant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for optimum fetal brain development. However, in the USA, women are advised to limit their seafood intake during pregnancy to 340 g per week, to avoid fetal exposure to trace contaminants of neurotoxins*.


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