Friday, June 18, 2021

Cleaning up the fishing industry

The government is finally cleaning up the fishing industry, with cameras on boats and an end to high-grading, with an easier penalties regime to enforce it. Good. Because as we've seen over the years, the fishing industry is pervasively criminal, routinely violating the law on discarding fish and reporting bycatch. We've known the solution for years - actual enforcement and monitoring - but the government has been too chicken to do it. Now that has finally changed, and we should all be glad of it. Though there is the obvious question of why they're not doing it faster, rather than allowing some fishers to continue their criminal habits for years to come.