Are the Oceans in Danger?

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The latest science indicates that "America-s oceans are in crisis," with over-fishing and pollution from runoff threatening the food supply. Stocks of big tuna, swordfish and marlin may be about to collapse--just as New England-s cod fisheries already have. The Pew Oceans Commission spent 3 years and $5.5 million studying the territorial waters which, already expanded from 12 to 200 miles off-shore, make the US responsible for an area of ocean 20 percent larger than the country-s land mass. Can commercial fisheries get control of the problem? Should the US step in to set limits on catches, establish no-fishing zones, and create undersea national parks? We get perspective from both sides of the issue as well as from former Congressman Leon Panetta who chaired the Pew Oceans Commission.
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Warren Olney