Another good day for me today. It”s Friday night and I’m at a motel in Ennis, which is a sweet little town. My ride was 74 fairly flat miles with a humdinger of a climb at the end. It was hot and windy today, and I had to stop way more often to drink and rest. The end of the day was a BOMBER descent with a magnificent view of the Madison Valley (there is a photo of it on yesterday’s post).
I had an unexpected conversation with a guy in Virginia City. He was very interested in our campaign, and went on to describe his experience with bottom trawling fishing vessels off of Portland, Oregon. Several boats work together and drag a gigantic piece of what amounts to chain link fencing across the bottom and scoop all the creatures to the surface where they are gathered. It is utterly destructive of the seafloor, and is really like doing a vacuum job on the seafloor, much like clearcutting a forest.
Sharks aren’t the only fish being overharvested, in fact about 80% of the world’s commercial fisheries are either collapsed, or very near collapse (that being a UN statistic).
So,we have to learn to accept that if we are to have 7,000,000,000 people (and counting) we are going to have to pay attention to the health of the ecosystems on which our well-being depends. Oceans, forests, grasslands, reefs, all of it. But for now, let’s stay focused on sharks!
Hoping to make it to West Yellowstone Saturday, another 74 miles. Will post more pics along the way.
PS. Hi to Mariah (3rd grade ) in Modesto who wants to become a marine biologist when she grows up! Thanks for your compassion for life in the ocean (and for your help hanging posters)!