Chicago, Illinois–The demand for fish as food source has outstripped the natural supply in many waters and has created critical problems and a volatile environment for sportfishermen, animal activists and commercial fishermen.
Jim C. Chapralis, editor of The PanAngler, the first newsletter on international sportfishing, believes the situation is so unstable that it requires an immediate response. In the current issue of The PanAngler, he proposes an International Congress of Sportfishing, an umbrella organization that would enable sportfishing groups and anglers to cooperate and focus attention on constructive and responsible solutions.
“Many people do not realize what is happening in our oceans, lakes and rivers,” Chapralis explains. “The fact that the world population is growing by approximately 90 million each year and health conscious consumers are demanding more fish and seafood has resulted in serious shortages that have led to potentially explosive problems.”