Letters to the editor

Alarming drop in fish numbers

A new study has found that excessive fishing has caused numbers of Australian fish, like bream and snapper, to decline by a third.

The 10-year study published in Aquatic Conservation, looked at nearly 200 species at 544 sites, and found the main cause for decline was overfishing and climate change.

The research confirmed that there is an "urgent need" to declare more marine reserves. "Despite public desire for marine protected areas … [they] cover less than two per cent of global marine waters."

It should come as no surprise that the fishing industry is the biggest killer of animals on the planet.

Whether they are plentiful or not, all fish feel pain and suffer horribly on the journey from sea to supermarket as they are hauled up in commercial fishing nets that have been dragged along the ocean floor, tearing up whatever stands in their way.

These sensitive animals are crushed to death, suffocated or thrown overboard to succumb to their injuries in the water.

Altogether, more than one trillion fish and other sea animals die at the hands of humans each year. That's about 143 sea animals for every human on Earth.

Deep-sea trawling is also responsible for widespread damage to coral reefs and underwater mountains, and as a result, the ecosystems that depend on these habitats are crumbling. 

This reckless destruction of the ocean is both cruel and unsustainable.

DESMOND BELLAMY

PETA Australia

We need the business

It is unfortunate that the China syndrome is kicked about the corridors of power a little more than usual in Canberra.  

God only knows why?  

We in the fishing industry need the export markets of China more than ever before.  

All of us would be well served helping to overcome any perceived hurdles or export issues with our norther neighbours, 1.4 billion people as consumers tell the story.

Ill-advised public servants, less than savvy politicians from Canberra just don’t understand our needs to find good, appropriate markets for our seafoods.  

Criticizing a major country we do business with is somewhat easy however coming up with the right solutions is a little harder.  

We need China more for our business than they need us.  

If we are not careful other countries will take our place in the supply chain costing us financially with jobs and prosperity as the consequence. 

Think about it…

HAGEN STEHR

Port Lincoln

Clearing trees would make roads safer

Considering the logic of firearm critics, at Glen Aplin, in the Southern Downs there are “killer” trees.

A car with three women left the road and crashed into a tree, just off the roadway. There was one deceased. No one mentions it, but trees are responsible for many road deaths and therefore should be removed.

Why is it that the person in control of a vehicle isn’t to blame as is the person in control of a firearm when there is a fatal shooting?

In the interest of road safety it might be time to cut down the “killer” trees that too often are close to major roads.  It may save some lives. More trees could be planted in parks far from roads.

At the moment trees are controversial, especially between farmers and the government.

JAY NAUSS

Glen Aplin

Correction

In the June 7 story ‘Ceduna reconciles as one’, Jakob Gay was incorrectly printed as Jaykob Gay.