: the conversation: drag fishing

One of the issues closest to the heart of Holifield Farm’s project manager, Robert West, is that of drag fishing.

The depletion of life in our waters is just one aspect of our environmental shortcomings, and one of the inspirations for change.

Solutions are likely to involve cooperation, compromise and understanding. Understanding that there are small communities who depend on fish for their food or income. Understanding that there may well even be nutritional advantages for including fish in one’s diet. But also understanding that we needn’t compromise on the damage caused by greed.

In their section on overfishing, Greenpeace quote Mahatma Gandhi, “There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed”, as well as noting that ‘there is now estimated to be four times more global fishing capacity than there are fish left to catch’.

Sustainability, and consideration for all other life forms are ideals that we need to work towards making a reality, and prove wrong the American Indian proverb, “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money”.

How do you think drag fishing features in the conversation around sustainability?


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