.sidered as a relay vessel. By far the most profitable catch for Guyanese -r.ermen is shrimp which they bring back to port for export to the devel-:«rd world. When they spread their nets for shrimp, however, they haul .¿■:k in a large number of other fish as well, often up to fifty percent of the r ;h. The fish caught this way are referred to as a "by-catch." The shrimp . have a limited freezer capacity so the fishermen cannot afford to take : -pace on board with moderately priced fish as their economics are predi-^ ed on the expensive shrimp. The fish are thrown back into the sea, dead.
Although the Guyanese people do not go hungry, their nutrition would be greatly improved if this by-catch was not completely wasted. It is not cost effective to use trawlers or other motorized vessels to rendezvous with the shrimpers, so Fisheries officials decided to test the Ocean Pickup as what is called in local terminology a "by-catch buy-back boat." She has sailed successfully each morning out to meet the trawlers and load the fish from them into the deep hold, then raced back to Georgetown to sell the fish at reasonable prices. In this way it became feasible in 1983 to prevent the ongoing loss of an important food resource for the people of Guyana and the Caribbean basin.
Obviously, fleets of sea-going Pickups can never ease all the problems of Guyana or any other coastal country, but as a result of one Pickup a few more fishermen are going to sea and a few Guyanese have more protein in their diets. If enough future design took the welfare of if not the poorest third of humanity but only a small f raction of that, as integral from the outset, slowly the fate of the poorest third might become less desperate.
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Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.