"Let's Talk Waterways" Expert Calls For Balance In Commercial Fishery Problems

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Monica Coleman, a Public Sector Consulting Group Associate who champions their "Let's Talk Waterways" Program, (http://www.LetsTalkWaterways.com) was asked during latest Radio Show to give her views on the Commercial Fishery Problems currently being bantered about in the press. Ms. Coleman, a watershed management and marine wildlife conservation troubleshooter, indicated that while there are valid concerns about some of the commercial fishery practices, it is important to hear everyone's point of view, and further, to base decisions on scientific evidence, sound economic principles, and realistically achievable goals.

In the latest "Let's Talk Waterways" Radio Show, (http://www.letstalkwaterways.com) Host Monica Coleman, a waterways clean-up and marine wildlife conservation expert, was asked what she thinks about recent news involving requests to ban all commercial fishing. "There are legitimate concerns involving commercial fishery practices, some of them causing serious health issue concerns, abuse, and a real threat to sustainability of the aquatic life that we depend upon for our own existence," Ms. Coleman said, supporting people's rights to express their concerns on these issues. However, she quickly clarified her position, stating that, in her opinion, decisions must be based on scientific evidence, sound economic principles, and realistically achievable standards.

"I genuinely believe that the people who are calling for this ban on commercial fishing are looking at the long-term existence of our world, and the consequences that may happen if we don't stop some of the serious abuses and deterioration that we are causing on our planet." But then she cautions, "However, there are individuals, even whole countries, whose world would end today if we had an immediate total band on all commercial fishing; In finding solutions to marine wildlife sustainability, we need to evaluate the needs of everyone," she explains.

Ms. Coleman stresses the overwhelming scientific support for the human need for fish consumption as well as the adverse economic impact that a total ban on commercial fishing would cause. "Fish prices would sky rocket precluding many from being able to obtain fish for consumption," she clarifies. Additionally, Ms. Coleman, who has worked on several Indigenous Tribe issues, is concerned about the adverse impact that it might have on Indigenous Tribal Nations from a nutritional, economical, and cultural standpoint.

Ms. Coleman also points out that there are other equally, if not greater, problems involving human activities that adversely effect marine wildlife conservation that also must be addressed, such as hydro-electric damns, logging industry run-off in salmonoid spawning beds, and community activities that cause irreparable damage to the waterways and marine wildlife. During the radio show, Ms. Coleman provided several authoritative sources where people may go to find information or get involved in helping with marine wildlife conservation. "As a watershed management and marine wildlife conservation troubleshooter involved in every aspect of watershed management, no one understands more than I the need to consider everyone's point of view," she warns, "there are many sides to this issue that need to be heard. We need to leave the name-calling, the insults, and the demands at the door. Otherwise, we'll be arguing about all of this for years and nothing will ever get done. When there are forums where people can sit down together, hammer out their differences, and reach amicable decisions, the projects move a lot faster."    

                                                                                         About the Author

Monica Coleman, JD, has a mission to help communities throughout North America tackle their waterway clean-up and marine wildlife conservation efforts. With a Bachelors of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University in economics and finance, a law degree from University of Maryland, and training from nationally-acclaimed watershed management experts (including funding sources), Ms. Coleman is equipped to champion the cause for small communities and watershed associations throughout North America, determined to help them access nationally acclaimed, successful watershed resources so that every community can clean-up, restore, and conserve their natural resources for the betterment of our world. For more information or a copy of the recent radio show, visit http://www.LetsTalkWaterways.com


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