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2.3 The Tragedy of the Commons

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    • The Tragedy of the Commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource through their collective action. How can we prevent the tragedy of the commons from driving fish populations past the point of no return?

    • There are international efforts, organizations and agreements in order to protect our shared resources. However, these more or less large scale guidelines are in magnitudes of thousands or even millions of tonnes. There must be more dedicated internationally binding agreements and possibility for instant emergency brakes. This, however requires more oceans related data collection and processing. In addition to the more dedicated agreements more hands on resources should be allocated for the ocean research and protection.

    • Most fish swim around the ocean, international regulation required.

    • A societal acceptance of the truth. A way of thinking, collectively, has to be changed. The paradigm of cruelty has to reach an end, before we do. AjT

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    • Align individual with human population incentives. This is an education and collective action and regulation problem.

    • Through education, keep raising awareness of the interconnectivity among all creatures, promote sustainable fishing and living habits, collaborate globally and act locally.

    • Like I said before, spreading information and knowledge about the situation. There probably isn’t any exact point of no return, but it’s good to be aware that there exist such point, in general.

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