[Marxism] Re: Looming extinction of the bluefin tuna

rrubinelli rrubinelli at earthlink.net
Tue May 3 13:47:36 MDT 2005

This the point where the conversion of use into exchange, labor into wage-labor, becomes the 
conversion of consumption into over-production.  

I did some analysis of the Pacific tuna fishing fleet capacity and depletion of stocks during
the 70s, 80s, and 90s and it was painfully apparent that the increased capital investment in
fleet and fleet capacity required more extensive, and  wasteful, fishing practices to
amortize, "float," pardon the pun, the capital outlays.

At the same time, the expansion of the fleets both disrupted traditional fishing patterns of
production and exchange in Pacific Asia, marginalizing fishing communities, driving some
marginalized producers into more extensive capture efforts to survive, driving others into
urban labor forces.

Meanwhile satisfaction of real nutritional requirements, caloric intakes for these same sectors
suffered during the economic dislocations.

And it's not just tuna-- stocks of Atlantic cod have been pretty well decimated through a practice
of literally, " floor scrubbing," scooping up everything and anything on the bottom where the cod
are supposed to be. 

But the bluefin are truly incredible animals, capable of sustaining swimming speeds of 45 mph and
more, with muscles so powerful, the fish actually cooks its own flesh when struggling against
harpoons and long-lines.


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