Practical ways to protect our oceans
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
A rather bleak ‘UN World Ocean Day’ this year, overshadowed by the BP oil spill. But some of the worst problems afflicting the oceans, such as overfishing, have practical solutions to them. A great introduction over at Reason explains how economic incentives, in the form of quotas, can incentivise fishermen to conserve stocks, rather than catch as much fish possible in the shortest amount of time. For a more in depth-look at how to balance ocean and species conservation with fishing, check out this special issue of the Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development.