The famous American writer Maya Angelou once said “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
Knowing better depends on better access to facts, to data. And when we’re talking about the marine environment, data from the fishing and aquaculture communities and their activities is the gold standard.
That is why it’s so disturbing that current EU regulations don’t foresee all of this data being collected.
- For example, this means that that when a bird is accidentally caught, fishermen don’t need to report it. We can’t fix this problem if we don’t know where, when, and why seabirds are being caught and if we can’t fix the problem, seabird populations will continue to plummet.