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Menakhem Ben-Yami

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 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
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
Mediterranean blues
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the state of the Mediterranean. 14 Jul 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
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
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
Science fiction?
Menakhem Ben-Yami takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the possible technology of the future. 09 Feb 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
'North Korean' fishermen die in a desperate fishery
North Korea has made the global press headlines with its claim of detonating a hydrogen bomb, but Menakhem Ben-Yami reports on the fishing boats and bodies that have recently washed ashore in Japan, which appear to be North Korean. 14 Jan 2016 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Fishing and cage farming paradise
A couple of months ago a rare visitor, John Goodlad - a Shetlander who is also a Scottish fishery personality - passed here with his beautiful daughter. 12 Nov 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at difference between the recent Living Blue Planet Report and what the science and fishermen are saying. 22 Oct 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Big Brother is watching
The growing powers of state management of fisheries - and the introduction of more and more laws, regulations, and other restrictions controlling commercial fishing operations – continue to concoct complex systems of inspection and monitoring. 17 Sep 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
The recent reports from the U.S. East Coast and from Australia on the dramatic increase in shark attacks on people have generated this column. 12 Aug 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Easy prey? Not anymore
Fishermen, especially the small-scale ones, represent easy prey for groups driven and financed by powerful interests, who blame them for damaging the marine environment, whether or not that is actually happening. 02 Jul 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
The fish we eat
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the term ‘sustainability’ and how it now covers more than just the fish itself. 03 Jun 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
FAO Fisheries: Model 2015
Menakhem Ben-Yami revisits FAO Fisheries and discusses how times have changed. 06 May 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture
Slavery in fisheries: No longer ignored
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the latest report into slavery in the Thai fishing industry and what is being done to bring an end to it. 09 Apr 2015 - World Fishing & Aquaculture