Paying for Others' Neglect
National Fisherman
December 2009
The article discusses modern fisheries management. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, is an international organization formed to conserve plant and animal species. Trade in species listed under CITES is either banned or tightly controlled to limit or erase the profits that fuel depletion. Some non-governmental agencies are using CITES to push much broader restrictions on fishing, including unendangered fish and scenarios where trade is not the key reason for decline.

The article contends that these broader restrictions on fishing will harm U.S. commercial fishing industries and exacerbate overfishing by European nations that will meet domestic demands from their own depleted stocks. It suggests that U.S. fisherman are handicapped while fishing opportunities are outsourced to nations with nowhere near the same environmental ethos. Restricting trade by responsible fishing nations is not the answer. Instead the fishing industry should advocate for other nations to responsibly manage their resources. Finally, the article advises the U.S. government to be cautious before pushing for CITES listings.