Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Friday, 05 December 2008
I went to see the movie "Flow" this week. While I don't think the film's makers will be up for any Oscar nods, the overall point was pretty clear. That is, water resources are being bought and bottled up by international corporations, and at least in this country, there's no legislation to regulate it.
Fishermen have been grappling with water pollution, surface runoff and water access for generations now. This is not the time to get complacent.
As bottling plants continue to fight for access to the water flowing under the land they own (the use of which is both unprecedented and as yet unregulated in this country), court rulings and inevitable legislative measures may have an effect on fishermen's rights down the line.
On top of that, the chemicals used to make all those plastic bottles are very likely to find their way to the ocean and the creatures that live in it.
One thing you can do is pause to think before buying your next bottle of water (keeping in mind that tap water has far stricter standards than bottled water).
Fishermen all over this country are fighting for their water rights by opposing aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, drilling in Bristol Bay, mining at Pebble and pollution in the Chesapeake, just to name a few high-profile cases. But this is just the beginning.
Water is a public resource, so what happens when corporations decide it is a commodity they can bottle and sell back to the communities from which it came?
National Fisherman Live: 9/9/14
In this episode:
Seafood Watch upgrades status of 21 fish species
Calif. bill attacking seafood mislabeling approved
Ballot item would protect Bristol Bay salmon
NOAA closes cod, yellowtail fishing areas
Pacific panel halves young bluefin harvest
National Fisherman Live: 8/26/14
In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about his early days dragging for redfish on the Vandal.
More than a dozen higher education institutions and federal and local fishery management agencies and organizations in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at building the capacity of the U.S. Pacific Island territories to manage their fisheries and fishery-related resources.