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One thing that strikes my mind is that it may be that "overfishing" is being blamed for fish declines that are at least in part due to the phytoplankton crisis... In fact, it could be a complicating factor in many, many fisheries issues - declines in salmon runs are blamed on dams and pollution, for example. Could it be that half of it is the deeper degredation of the food chain?

That would mean that any hope of a return to the abundance that existed at one time is totally impossible. It's no longer a matter of fishing quotas or marine sanctuaries or tearing down dams.

That just sucks. Still, for all the fatalism, I am certain that humans will die out long before the ocean dies (though bluefin tuna and many other species are probably lost). I guess that's trading one fatalism for another.

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