Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tragedy of the Commons: The case of the shrinking and disappearing "dilis" (anchovies) and "espada" fish.

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Considered "poor man's food" in the rank of galunggong, pork and beans, and pandesal - this prolific marine fish once the main source of fishmeal for feeds, has spiraled beyond the  means of ordinary people. 

Espada (bulong-unas Ilk) is another marine fish that is fished in its juvenile stage, similarly with many other species that are over harvested, usually with close-knit fishnets - and without let-up in the absence of strict regulations.   

Tragedy of the Commons*

Tragedy of the commons, a term scholarly phrased,
     means simply shrinking resources
in the midst of open competition to all in the name 
     of freedom with whatever process
of acquisition in social Darwinism falsely applied;
     at the end, the winner neither the best
nor the vanquished, the passive nor meek, but all -
     victims swept by the current of unrest 
where the old Malthus' ghost once more roam,
     where lost the essence of progress,
and Toffler's ecospasm of economics and ecology 
    clash and fall from their lofty crest. ~   
* The tragedy of the commons is an economics theory by Garrett Hardin, according to which individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, behave contrary to the whole group's long-term best interests by depleting some common resource. The concept is often cited in connection with sustainable development, meshing economic growth and environmental protection, as well as in the debate over global warming. "Commons" can include the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, fish stocks, national parks, the office refrigerator, and any other shared resource. The tragedy of the commons has particular relevance in analyzing behavior in the fields of economics, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, game theory, politics, taxation, and sociology. Some also see the "tragedy" as an example of emergent behavior, the outcome of individual interactions in a complex system. (Wikipedia)

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