NYTimes: ‘Hard to feel sorry’ for loss of politically incorrect jobs

Omega Protein provides menhaden (forage fish) for fertilizer and livestock farming. So who needs those jobs?

In the wake of the government’s decision to reduce the menhaden harvest by 37%, the New York Times editorializes,

Omega Protein warned of a loss of jobs, but it is hard to feel sorry for a company that has dominated the market for so long. Like industrialized fishing interests all over the world, it has shown little sensitivity to the long-range effects of their practices.

How about the Times‘ insensitivity to job loss and unemployment in a lousy economy? They’re worried about fish?

About the menhaden, Omega Protein says,

  • The most recent government stock assessments for Gulf menhaden in 2006 concluded that the fishery is not over-fished, nor is over-fishing occurring. The 2010 Atlantic stock assessment also showed the stock is not over-fished. For the most recent government stock assessments for Atlantic menhaden, click here.
  • Menhaden are able to reproduce in large numbers. According to the ASMFC 2006 Assessment Report “fecundities range from 38,000 eggs for a small female to 362,000 eggs for a large female…”. This means that a relatively small number of females can replace the population in a very short period of time.
  • Stock Assessments conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service indicate that the typical menhaden catch is less than 10 percent of the Gulf and 20% of the Atlantic biomass, including all age groups in the population.
  • Regional management bodies include the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission.
  • Omega Protein is certified sustainable by Friend of the Sea, an organization dedicated to the preservation of marine resources.

Read the New York Times editorial.

Read Omega Protein’s “Sustainability” web page.