Any environmental problem that arises will be influenced greatly by governments and policy makers in general. This is because of the simple reason that, these resources serve as great source of income for countries.
Economies of different countries depend on the natural resources that can be found in that area. Therefore, upon hearing that a country would have to reduce output of that particular resource because it is being over-exploited, the obvious response is to find a way of managing the over-exploitation while maintaining the revenue that the country gains. In most cases, this is almost impossible for the countries.
This is exactly what is happening in the fishing industry. In the same way that the ICCAT members are protecting their own interests and changing the limits, every other country looks out for its economic growth and stability than the environmental impacts of its actions. This is debatable, but it is clear that, so long as people perceive these resources to be renewable to an extent, over exploitation doesn’t seem to be a problem whose effects will be experienced soon.
Furthermore, the fact that the fishing industry is an international one makes it very difficult to manage. However, should this be the case as we are already trapped in a global world? Will this happen in other industries where natural resources are the main sources of income?
Link below talks about some interesting things (not really related to what i talked about, but still pretty cool):