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Dear Phillip, Thanks for your response (and again to Elizabeth). I am aware of the findings of the 2009 study and yes, it did conclude that fish stocks had improved because of better conservation. This improvement was slight, I understand, and in 2011 Worm warned again that 'we may run out by the middle of the century if current trends continue'. I am happy to clarify that and also to say that it has given rise to a hotly contested political debate between representatives of the fishing industry and environmentalists and campaigners. Your debate is as much with Charles Clover, Greenpeace and Hugh F-W as me and I certainly wouldn't claim 'papal authority' over these issues: (not least after having spent ten years writing about Italian politics....) You don't mention the other aspects of the 'crisis' (or whether you think there is a 'crisis') such as the impact of illegal fishing or over-fishing which has had implications for the EU, and I would be interested to know your thoughts on that. Finally, I'm not a scientist with extensive knowledge of the fishing industry but did carry out research among fishing communities for my slow food book, and in 2009 made a BBC Radio 4 programme (which you can find easily) on the plight of the Fal Oyster fishermen in Cornwall, in their battle for survival, so I am aware of some of the issues facing fishermen. As I say, happy for the debate to continue (and it is the politics of the issue which primarily interests me) though of course you would be better arguing with Charles Clover! Best wishes Geoff
28th May 2012
Dear Elizabeth Thanks for your response to my article. Not quite sure which factual inaccuracies you are referring to. I quote a WWF estimate and a widely publicised study by Dr Worm and colleagues on the threat to seafood species. This received considerable discussion in academic publications, I understand, as well as being discussed in Charles Clover's film.I have no idea whether these estimates will turn out to be accurate, and I'm not a scientist myself. Rather, I would say these are serious studies by respected bodies and further suggest a 'crisis',which was the main focus of my article. Best wishes Geoff Andrews
25th May 2012