Pay Fishermen to Catch Trash

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    Superb Idea: Pay Fishermen to Catch Trash - Food - GOOD
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    If you've been following the news about our poor oceans you know they're getting stripped of fish and filled with plastic debris at the same time. We usually think of these problems as independent of each other, but maybe there's a way to tackle them both at once.

    In European fishing waters, up to two thirds of caught fish, usually already dead, are thrown back by fleets who've surpassed their quota or want to make room for a higher value fish. Called "discarding," it's a wasteful practice that puts extra strain on fish stocks, and the European Union's fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, wants to ban it.

    But fishermen have complained that such a ban would harm their livelihoods. So Damanaki came up with a novel plan: Pay these fishermen for catching plastic trash. After all, our oceans have plenty of that. A pilot project will begin this month in the Mediterranean. Fishermen will be given special nets and other equipment for catching plastic debris that's collected in the sea and bringing the junk back to shore for recycling.

    The EU will subsidize the program at first (there's no word how much money the fishermen will be paid) but the hope is that over the long run, as recycling plastic gets more profitable, the trash becomes a valuable catch in itself. If this pilot program proves successful, it could serve as a model for saving our oceans without sacrificing our fishermen.




    Aside from the EU government running it, this is the best idea I've heard in a long long time.
     
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    So instead of working on the source of the problem we create new jobs to work with the result of the problem?

    And who pays for this cleanup?
     
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    The source of the problem is China. Make them pay for the clean-up & impose massive fines on their corporations for polluting. Make them operate under the same EPA guidelines as we do in the USA & you will see a massive movement of jobs come back to the USA.
     
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    Eupropeans, through thier deep taxes.

    We could do that here, through a private, for profit, corporation.
     
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    That would require a republican, if not a conservative trifecta in DC
     
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    hahaha, no possibility of rip off in paying people to 'fish' for trash, is there?

    did you hear about the solar farm that was getting subsidized rates until someone noticed it was adding power even at night? hahaha. more than paid for the diesel thats for sure
     
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    Everything has a chance of fraud.

    This beats doing nothing, just in case there's some fruad.
     
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    I don't know about that. Massive fraud is devastating, just look at the Sub-Prime mortgages. If we let the situation fester then the Asians who are creating the problem will be the worst impacted by it. Asians have huge populations & are very dependant on the fishing industry. If they kill to many fish they will starve first. They will become heavily dependent on US grain imports in order to survive. They will be forced to clean up their mess & pay the US dearly for food.
     
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