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Pew Continued from page 1 now executive director of the Pew Oceans Commission. Carper and Tulou briefed the fishermen about the Pew Oceans Commission study that began in June 2000 and was released this June after the commission's 18 members with extensive experi- ence in the world of fishing, sci- ence, conservation, education, government, business and philan- thropy toured the nation gathering information about the status of fish stocks in the ocean. "We've got ourselves a crisis here," Tulou explained to the high-caliber, big-spending and totally dedicated tournament fish- erInen. Those fishermen fistened intent- ly to Carper and Tulou. They knew the value of the information they were hearing. White martin populations have become so diminished in recent years that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) listed the species last year as being on the verge of becoming endan- gered. That status may be given the white marlin in 2007, after the NMFS reevaluates the population in 2005. Tulou went on to explain some of the key warning signs and the suggested courses of proaction recommended in the commis- sion's report titled "America's Living Oceans, Charting A Course For Sea Change." As written in the report: "Just as the 20th century brought us into knowledgeable contact with outer space, the 21st century will almost certainly connect us more inti- mately to our oceans. "In fact, it is imperative because - as much as we love our oceans - our ignorance has been destroying them. "We love clean beaches, but what we discharge into the oceans befouls them. We destroy the very coastal wetlands we need to buffer storms and filter fresh water. A nation of seafood lovers, we are careless about how we treat the oceans' nurseries and brood stocks that replenish our fish sup- ply." As the 18 commission members toured the country, reviewing local government policies regard- ing fish in America's 4.5 million square miles of ocean. The mem- bers assessed local fish stocks, talked extensively with recre- ational and commercial fishermen and issued a report of strong warning. "The story that unfolded is one of a growing crisis in America's oceans and along our coasts," stab their part in making your WE D D I N G extraordinary. And become an inseparable piece of the moment's magic. charles A et al. dding$ partzes o occasions Call to schedule an appointment. 1002 Kings Highway, Lewes DE 19958 302.644.8979 Visit us at I I I II ed the report. Although the issues and cir- cumstances vary from community to community, the commission found a shared sense of urgency and commitment to reverse the decline in the health of the oceans." The commission's findings: "Most obviously, we are depleting the oceans of fish, and have been for decades. The decline in New England fisheries is most notori- ous. "By 1989, New England cod, haddock, and yellowtail flounder had reached historic lows. In US waters, Atlantic halibut are com- mercially extinct - too rare to jus- tify a commercial fishing effort. By the mid-1990s, we halved the breeding population of Atlantic swordfish." CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 - 19 Here in the Mid-Atlantic, the . of ocean law, informed by a new white marlin leads the way as the next contender for endangered species status, the report claims. Major threats to the oceans and its resources are listed in the report as: nonpoint source pollu- tion from development, point source pollution from such indus- trial operations as sewer and power generation plants, invasive species that alter habitats and crowd out native species, coastal development that consumes land at a rate of five or more times the rate of population growth, over- fishing and discarded bycatch, which amounts to 25 percent of all fish caught during the 1980s and early 1990s. The Pew report notes: "Addressing the crisis of our seas will require a serious rethinking ocean ethic. For too long, we viewed the ocean as a limitless resource. "We now know better. We over- looked connections between the land and sea. Now we know that our activities on land have a direct and considerable impact on the oceans. "Maintaining healthy ecosys- tems is crucial. When we sacrifice healthy ecosystems, we also sacri- rice economic and social stability. 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