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Viewers respond to a ban on commercial fishing in Kiribati

August 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM EDT
Previous signature stories about a ban on commercial fishing by the president of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati and a profile of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" prompted both positive and negative feedback from viewers around the country.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: And now to Viewers Like You, your response to some of our recent work.

We got a good deal of feedback about last Sunday’s interview with President Tong of Kiribati about his plan to ban commercial tuna fishing in the waters off his Pacific island nation. Some viewers wondered how feasible the idea is.

Joel Shipp wrote us on Facebook. “They will simply fish outside those areas. Tunas move long distances every single day. They don’t stay in one place.

And David Cramer wondered: “How do we keep the Chinese fishing fleets out?

But most viewers praised President Tong for trying.

Robert Cutler wrote us on our website: “Extraordinary interview. President Tong is so perceptive, dignified and tuned into the environmental challenges we face. Other short-sided political leaders and an industry often motivated by greed (not just survival) could learn a great deal from him.”

Jesse Bustamante wrote us on Facebook: “A 5-year-moratorium on commercial fishing would replenish the oceans. One man. One boat.

10/6 added this: “Ever been off the coast of New Jersey and seen the commercial fishing industry at work? It was enough for me to want to ban commercial fishing altogether, worldwide. Dirty, filthy polluting jerks.

We also heard from many of you about Jeffrey Brown’s profile of Garrison Keillor about the 40th anniversary of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Monya Hanson Shenkenberg wrote: “One of my favorite shows. Always makes me smile and sometimes laugh out loud.”

And Sandra Luster-Harper responded to Keillor’s suggestion to live for today. “My mom left me the same philosophy the day before she passed. She never got to tomorrow. So I try to live in the moment.

As always, let us know what you think of our stories, on Twitter, Facebook or at newshour.pbs.org.