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Mermaids Are a Myth And So Is Idea That Catch Shares Will Improve Fisheries


Honestly, I am crushed.

Mermaids aren’t real, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

You know that agency, of course. It’s the one that wants Big Government management of a public resource for private profit in a scheme called Catch Shares.

In its startling expose, NOAA says this:

“The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species. Magical female figures first appear in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when modern humans gained dominion over the land and, presumably, began to sail the seas. Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also abound in mythology — in addition to mermaids, there were wise centaurs, wild satyrs, and frightful minotaurs, to name but a few.

“But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.”

And California’s Dan Bacher at has this blistering retort:

“This ‘illuminating’ statement was issued by the same agency that has done nothing to stop the killing of millions of Sacramento splittail, Central Valley chinook salmon, steelhead, striped bass, Delta smelt and other species in the state and federal Delta pumps every year in order to export massive quantities of northern California water to corporate agribusiness and southern California. While mermaids may be a myth, the slaughter of fish in the Delta death pumps is not.

“This is also the same agency that, under the leadership of NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, has pushed the controversial ‘catch shares’ program to privatize the oceans. A catch share, also known as an individual fishing quota, is a transferable voucher that gives individuals or businesses the ability to access a fixed percentage of the total authorized catch of a particular species.

"Fishery management systems based on catch shares turn a public resource into private property and have led to many socioeconomic and environmental problems, according to Food and Water Watch.”

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mermaids are real because weve seen one before

June 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie and Jacqueline

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