Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2017

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Page 64 of 83 | 65 dissertation on the tenets of whether the taking of a public resource for private profit is an ethical business practice. Should one company's profit margin directly harvesting a public resource trump all other business and personal interests that depend on the public resource indirectly? I do realize this opens up a real can of worms with questions such as, "Then isn't all commercial fishing exploiting a public resource for profit when they sell their catches to the market?" I could also ask if recreational fishing charter captains exploit a public resource, legally keeping fish like striped bass but making a profit off of it anyhow; maybe not by directly selling the caught fish, but alas, I believe this argument fails as they are not a corporation nor directly making profits selling the actual fish (public resource) for personal profit. The National Academies Press also stated, "Fisheries within federal waters are held in public trust for the people of the United States. Public trust principles are thus applicable to any allocation of fishing rights. The government has an affirmative duty to take the public trust into account. Such allocations cannot be irrevocable, but remain subject to the government's continuing supervisory responsibility over them, to hold and manage them on behalf of the people. Although fishing privileges can be granted, they remain subject to modification in light of current knowledge and current needs." In other words, the bottom line is that a public resource can be sold to private interests within governmental restrictions. Maybe that's where the line ends up getting real blurry. It all really comes down to this: is it okay for a private company to take a public resource and exploit it for profit? The menhaden fishery is just one example. Would it be acceptable then if we allowed a mining company to strip mine Rocky Mountain National Park, or to allow a dog food company to harvest a herd of caribou in any of Alaska's state parks to grind up for profits? If the property of the people can be sold off to special corporate interests, then we must ask, what is next? Left: Pelicans and seagulls swarm the fish-laden nets to scavange scraps that spill off the deck. Center: Partially digested menhaden pulled from the stomach of this striped bass. Right: Fish dumped into the ship's hold to be sold for feed, oils, cosmetics and other uses.

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