There was a terrific report on Channel 4 News last night. Apparently Somalian pirates, in scaring off factory fishing ships, have allowed a recovery in fish stocks. Populations of shark, marlin, sailfish (below), shellfish and more are booming: those interviewed could hardly recall such a bonanza. Kenyan fishermen - line-catching with some using traditional dhows - are benefitting, some earning forty times the country's average daily wage.
I would have thought a spot of selective (non-murderous) piracy in the North Sea wouldn't be altogether bad if it helped cod populations to recover. Although it might go down well in Grimsby, I don't suppose the Royal Navy would put up with it.
Silver linings, and all that. But this situation surely gives us an indication that should human society in its modern, industrial form break down - perhaps as a consequence of global warming, cooling or otherwise crappy weather - we shouldn't worry overmuch about the planet. Life will look after itself quite nicely: some species will die off, others will thrive, still others will adapt themselves to new, perhaps watery, niches. But it will go on, probably more rambunctiously than before in many places. It may even be that the odd human group might do rather well out of things, just as the Kenyan fishermen have in this instance