25 October 2015

Same boat, different catch

In 1973 Argyris Andressakis could still catch big groupers with his rowing wooden boat, right off the port of Galaxidi, Greece.

Fourty-two years later, boat, area and fishing gear have remained the same. However, for Dimitris Andressakis – Argyris' son – catching a grouper has become unimaginable. A small cuttlefish is a more likely catch.

It doesn't take a scientist to notice that baselines, here and elsewhere, have shifted tremendously in just a few decades.

(Top photo courtesy of D. Andressakis, bottom by S. Bonizzoni)

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