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A giant bluefin

A giant bluefin

Encountering anthropology
My first assignment in Africa, many decades ago, turned into a three-year course in social anthropology, writes Menakhem Ben-Yami. My teachers and examiners were the local people (fishermen, government officers, merchants, fish processors, and some others), and I had to pass many, almost daily exams. I went there as a fishing technologist and master fisherman with terms of reference of introducing improved technology, training fishery apprentices, skippering a government boat, etc. 06 Oct 2017 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
The invisible 50%
The International Association for Women in Seafood Industry (WSI) made its first formal appearance at the IceFish exhibition and Marie Christine Monfort, the driving force behind the organisation becoming established, commented that it was great to launch WSI at an event in Iceland which has such a strong reputation for upholding the status of women in industry. 27 Sep 2017 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Concentration in Antarctic krill oil production
Krill oil is the one of the most valuable products obtained from the huge resource of this tiny crustacean (Euphausia superba) living in the Antarctic Ocean. It is used in capsule form as a health supplement, and in the pharmaceutical and aquaculture feed industries. Work is also ongoing to add it to foods as a ‘fortification’ ingredient, reports Andrew Martin. 06 Sep 2017 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
The 200-mile limit’s origins
I’m looking back 70 years to the origins of the 200-mile EEZ. The true parents of this were Chile and Peru. In 1947, back when I sailed as wireless operator, the President of Chile and the Government of Peru proclaimed national sovereignty over submarine areas, regardless of their size or depth, as well as over the adjacent seas extending as far as necessary to preserve, protect, maintain, and utilise natural resources and wealth. It further established the demarcation of protection zones for whaling and deep sea fishery to extend to 200 nautical miles from their coasts. 29 Aug 2017 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Faroese management in the balance
‪Eleven years ago I wrote on this page: "During 1994-95, the Faroese fisheries have been managed by the quota system, introduced due to Denmark’s pressure and local compliance. The Faroese people, however, soon perceived both the operation and consequences of this system as leading towards economic, social and with – over 90% of the country’s foreign trade coming from fishing - a national debacle. Consequently, the Faroese government decided to get rid of the quota system. The price to pay was leaving the EU system, which as it now appears was hardly a mistake."‬ 07 Aug 2017 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
The Plastic Menace
This is not the first time that I'm quoting Prince Charles on this page, and I'm not doing it for being a special fan of the British royalty, but because I find him again and again a champion for the nature in general and our oceans in particular. 05 Jul 2017 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Minimal safety training increases risk to fishermen
UK authority Seafish has expressed grave concerns that not enough fully trained new blood is entering an industry with a fatality at work record 30 times greater than any other UK occupation, reports Bryan Gibson. 13 Sep 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Make hay while the sun shines
Fishing has emerged from a tough decade into a relatively bright landscape, and in many parts of the world, fish stocks are stronger than they have ever been. 13 Sep 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Where have all the fishes gone?
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the effect warming sea temperatures has on fish species. 07 Sep 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Dealing with 'MPA mania'
Spatially delimited MPAs (Marine Protected Areas), however lacking in true science, have recently become a commonly prescribed remedy for all fish stock ails, especially for the conservation of biodiversity. 03 Aug 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Into fifth gear
Research into more effective and sustainable fishing gear is on the increase. Adrian Tatum explores some of the reasons why. 03 Aug 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Mediterranean blues
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the state of the Mediterranean. 14 Jul 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Brexit: A game changing vote for fishing
With the UK electorate voting to exit the European Union, Jason Holland asks where that leaves the country’s fishing industry and the broader seafood supply chain. 29 Jun 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Discarding the past
Adrian Tatum discovers how some European fishing nations are adjusting to the second phase of the EU discard ban, which came into force on 1 January. 14 Jun 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
The plastic menace
The worldwide production of plastics has increased considerably since the middle of the 20th century. 09 Jun 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Sri Lanka fisheries ready for return
With its ban on fisheries exports to the EU market lifted, the country anticipates it will start to reinstate crucial trade links from next month, writes Jason Holland. 16 May 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Beta Files
Captain Olaf Olsen, whom I'm proud to call a friend, was born in the Faroe Islands in 1935. 16 May 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Europe slowly opens up to the CFP
European nations are slowly coming to terms with implementing new rules and legislation under the latest Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), as Adrian Tatum reports. 12 Apr 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Collaboration is the key in the fight against illegal fishing
Adrian Tatum examines the state of illegal fishing around the world and looks at some of the efforts being made to eliminate it. 10 Mar 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Fishing down marine food webs?
Menakhem Ben-Yami shares his opinion on Pauly and Zeller’s recent paper on fish catches. 03 Mar 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture