Something Fishy in the Balance: Is Manmade ‘Global Warming’ the Real Cause?
Dr. James J.S. Johnson
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? (Micah 6:11)
Are oceanic fish populations threatened by global warming? What if the southern edge of the Alaska Pollock range is shrinking? Does that prove they’re migrating northward, to beat the heat?(1) This is no Pollack joke.(1)
Rush-to-judgment explanations abound, peddling manmade “global warming” crisis theories—before relevant facts are collected and considered. (And, if global warming is not the real cause of ecosystem disruption, it’s irrelevant whether global warming is anthropogenic.)
But simple cause-and-effect realities are embarrassingly overlooked—some causal realities are politically unpopular in secular academic circles.(2)
Follow the Money
Marine biologists and biogeography ecologists study regional changes in oceanic fish populations.(3) This is not just academic curiosity; billions of dollars are at risk—as Alaska Pollock illustrates.(1),(3) Thus, if a huge population of Alaska Pollock relocates north, or south, that migration’s cause is really a big deal.
Likewise, government-funded research projects often harness and depend upon “global warming” theories.(4) “Money talks.” It’s not just the food industry; “global warming” advocacy is itself a billion-dollar industry.(1),(4)
Accordingly, when billions of dollars hang “in the balance” (pardon the pun), both scientific research (i.e., observing/collecting data) and scientific analysis (i.e., sorting/interpreting data) are vulnerable to compromise and corruption.(1),(4),(5)
Official government databases are not immune. Scientific analyses cannot have stronger validity than their underlying data. Misinformation multiplies when used by multiple users. Furthermore, primary analysts are relied upon by secondary analysts, so error accrues and snowballs—infecting and proliferating into multi-generational “viral” outcomes, due to “veneer review” and statistics-distorting cherry-picking.(1),(4),(5)
But what explains the drastic migration trend for Alaska Pollock, the cod-like whitefish that some say is now the #1 money finfish in America’s food industry?
We expect fish stocks to naturally fluctuate with changes in climate [such as when Baltic herring relocated, about A.D.1300, as Medieval Warm Period transitioned into Little Ice Age]. Usually, during periods of warming or cooling, fish stocks residing at the polar ends of the population’s range increase or decrease … while the reverse happens at the other end.(1)
Could it be that the cause-and-effect reality is embarrassingly simple, so simple that the actual causality is overlooked,(2) as evolutionists rush to blame “global warming”, for yet another ecosystem alteration?
So what happened to huge Alaska Pollock populations that once filled certain areas of the Bering Sea and North Pacific?
But in the case of the pollock, several stocks at either end of their range in the North Pacific Ocean have tended to decrease recently, leading to suspicion of overfishing as a contributor to the demise of several stock.(1)
Government databases rely on at-sea reporting, including inspector “monitoring” of sustainability-managed commercial fishing quotas (of both finfish and shellfish) applied to the Northern Pacific and Bering Sea. However, dishonest commercial fishermen habitually underreport catches, deceptively circumventing inspector audits. Sometimes treaty-cheating commercial “motherships” would evade monitors and auditors, even reporting only half the catches (of finfish and/or shellfish) actually received!(1),(3)
Government databases misreport the real situation: OVERFISHING — overexploiting Alaska Pollock is why they aren’t as easily found within their historic ranges. Underreported Alaska Pollock overfishing is literally off the scales!
So the culprit is not anthropogenic “global warming” CO2 production. Rather, the cause is much simpler—greed, lying, and cheating.(1),(5)
But, for the billion-dollar climate-crisis/environment-regulation industry, — which parasitizes power and money based on presuming anthropogenic “global warming” CO2 production, — that off-balance explanation is an “inconvenient truth”.
(1) Kevin M. Bailey, Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock (University of Chicago Press, 2013), 2-44, 46-88, 199-215, with quotations from page 16. Marine biologist/fishery monitor Kevin Bailey recalls (on page 4): “We discovered that our estimates were about double the catches reported to us. All signs pointed to tampering of the scales. … The catcher boats now delivered [at different places] and at all hours. Previously they had delivered to one main site on the [mothership] deck and only during daylight hours.” [“Pollock” is also spelled “Pollack”.]
(2) James J. S. Johnson, “Pine Needles, Limes, and Other Simple Solutions,” Creation Research Society Quarterly, 50(3):193-194 (winter 2014), analyzing illustrations of 1st Timothy 6:20. Moreover, even when simple solutions are found — by God’s grace — a gauntlet of editors and other gatekeepers often sabotage the solution’s delivery.
(3) Edward Miles, et al., The Management of Marine Regions: The Northern Pacific (University of California Press, 1982), pages 160-165, 172, 184-193, 220-223. Hiroshi Kasahara, “Japanese Distant-Water Fisheries: A Review”, Fishery Bulletin, 70(2):227-282 (April-June, 1972). See also Frank Sherwin, The Ocean Book (Master Books, 2004), pages 38-41; R. A. Fredin, History of Regulations of Alaskan Groundfish Fisheries (NWAFC Processed Report 87-07, Northwest & Alaska Fisheries Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1987).
(4) See Randy J. Guliuzza, “Consensus Science: The Rise of a Scientific Elite”, Acts & Facts, 38(5):4 (May 2009). See also, regarding “veneer review” and data transmogrification, James J. S. Johnson, “Forensic Science Frustrated by ‘Peer Review’”, Acts & Facts, 44(2):18 (February 2015); James J. S. Johnson, “Cherry Picking Data Is the Pits”, Acts & Facts, 44(7):19 (July 2015). Fraudfeasor ranks include many commercial fishermen, scientists (especially those promoting the notion of anthropogenic “global warming”), and politicians of many stripes.
(5) See Proverbs 20:10 & 20:23, as well as Micah 6:11. Cheating scales have always been condemned in Scripture.