In the 1850s New England cod fisherman pressured the government to do something about the decreasing cod in their areas. So, in 1857 the Legislator put limits on the increasing Menhaden fisheries that are an important food source for Cod. This attempt did not accomplish much by looking at the continually decreasing catch of Atlantic Cod.
Then the age of technology comes into scene, trawlers with diesel engines. Fishing faster and deeper, this benefited the fishermen and continued the depletion of cod exponentially. Now the cod populations have dwindled to less than 1 percent of what was around in the 1800s and the fishermen are out of work.
Who is to blame for lack of management and over exploitation? Bolster puts the blame on our “system”, not the fishermen, scientists or politicians, but the neglect to take control of our seemingly need and nature to exploit any natural resource we can get our hands on.
In all of America’s history we should be learning from our mistakes going from East to West. It is black and white, this is how we messed up, let us not do it again. Right? Well it does not seem that easy. When there is a market for natural resources, we will, by God, supply that demand. We will deplete stocks, ruin water systems and kill of whole species for our immediate well being. As it continues, we can only create a positive and loud voice in the public to make people in power aware that every action has a reaction, we must consider what all the reaction may be before acting so quickly.
Where Have All the Cod Gone?