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Some Tasks Ahead Of Us In Community Development

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 5:25 PM EDT

NMFS has to tell fishermen what are the species of fish that are in abundant supply at the moment. They are the predators. To restrict our observation to only the most important sequence, at times herring and mackerel (the pelagics) that live in the middle of the water column are the natural predators of bottom fish; at other times the bottom fish are the predators of the pelagics. When the larvae of bottom fish rise to the surface of the water column in search of food, the plankton, and light, they become a feast for the pelagics. Ditto for the codlings that need to go back down the bottom of the ocean to live with their friends and relatives.

I was blown away when a Park Ranger in the Far West explained that the same relationships exist on land between trees and the bush underneath them. Ditto, when I learned that lemmings do not kill themselves by jumping off cliffs to make us laugh. They are chased by their predators. Ditto for the relationship between sheep and coyotes.

The forceful insertion of ecologists, and fisheries economists, into this discourse is a strange one. Only one question is allowed here. Do extreme ecologists ever consider that fish die by natural death—and that it is quite appropriate for fishermen to catch them before they die? Do tree-huggers prefer to see trees destroyed by fire, rather than being systematically harvested by lumberjacks? This, of course, is not the place to go into the relationships between family farms and corporate agricultural operations.

For millions of years, human beings used to adapt to these natural ebbs and flows. During the last forty years, due to a coincidence of events, fishermen have not respected the laws of nature. The breaking point has been a lack of market for pelagics. It is at this nodal point that the establishment of a surimi plant inserts itself in the discourse. Surimi offers a transformation of pelagics, or other fish, into seafood analogue that ultimately assumes the shape of shrimp or crab meat, and remains pure protein in the process. The surimi plant, by creating a market for pelagics, will approximate conditions needed to reestablish the natural balance in the fisheries.

Where will the money come from for funding the surimi plant and, conceivably, for the reconstruction of the fishing fleet along “green/low-carbon” lines, as long advocated by Susanne Altenburger and her late husband, Phil Bolger? The question can easily be extended to cover all needs of community economic development. The money is… where the money is created. As I have pointed out since 1987, money is created by the Federal Reserve System (the Fed). Hence the second petition.

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