Get Your Fishing In By 2048

By November 3, 2006General

Here’s the latest scare, on the front page of today’s WaPo: There ain’t gonna be any more fish by 2048. So that sucks. Better grab your cane pole and head for the fishing hole this weekend, then. Of course, if your read the article, there’s as much dissent and rational thinking as there is hysteria. But the rational thinking makes for a bad headline. So let’s just say the fish are disappearing, OK?

By the way, we know Social Security will be bust by then, but nobody seems motivated to do anything about that. This story is just a wild guess, but warrants front page treatment. And where are the folks who should be signing the Social Security pledge?

Gone fishin’, apparently.

UPDATE (By Carter Wood): Suppose that means the great Weezer video, “Keep Fishin'” will fall out of favor. Alas for the Muppets…

UPDATE (By Pat Cleary): Now comes a rational voice, a Professor of aquatic and fishery science at the University of Washington who calls the fish study, “mind boggling stupid.” Speaking truth to hysteria — bravo!

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Pat Cleary says:


    Thanks for the note. Remember, though, that in the world of hysteria, like with global warming, there is no adaptation, no evolution. Everything is static so a 1 or 2 degree change spells disaster.

    This, of course, is ridiculous, but you point out one of the major flaws in the global warming — and the “no fish” — scares. Of course species — inclduing humans — will adapt, as they have for the last few hundred thousand years.

  • Tyrell Sykes says:

    Ah Pat, the point is that we have seriously screwed up the Oceans and the fishing stocks on which much of humanity depends. I agree that hysterical headlines don’t do any help, but neither does denial!

  • bailey says:

    i would be a big shame if all the fish were to go by 2048 but i agree it’s daft if the common fish go then the unusual ones from the deep with be more common then but i think if it starts like that the common ones of today will evolve and be ok

    regards bailey