Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Something smells fishy at the end of the line

COMMENT: ABC skew the news and provide some free publicity for a documentary claiming fish stocks are in catastrophic decline. The Australian's Cut and Paste section provide some important statistics missed by Auntie's news department:

Not here. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (February 5), things are getting better: SINCE 2005, the number of stocks overfished and-or experiencing overfishing has decreased, to 18 of a total of 98 surveyed stocks (18 per cent) in 2008.
In their own report ABC quote Dr Steve Murawski, the chief scientist for the fisheries service of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who says the film (The end of the line) gives the impression that there is a dire seafood crisis around the world, and says it is an exaggeration. 
It seems a more appropriate headline would read: Something smells fishy at the end of the line?

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