23 January 2008

From Today's New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “In Europe, the Catch of the Day Is Often Illegal” (“Empty Seas” series, front page, Jan. 15):

The appalling commercial demand for seafood will soon exhaust the oceans.

Only a vigorous, internationally enforced, decades-long general moratorium on commercial fishing can bring us back from this brink. We must not assume that it’s too late and do nothing.

Why this reality has no traction in the global halls of power escapes me.

Garrett Simpson
Glendale, Ariz., Jan. 15, 2008

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