Analysis – Page 6

  • The Plastic Menace

    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.

  • Fuelling a trawler in Iceland. The drop in fuel prices has been a huge boost to fishing companies

    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.

  • Fishermen’s Wall of Remembrance at the Plymouth Barbican

    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.

  • An Argo float, during a NASA study of ocean temperature measurements. Credit:

    Where have all the fishes gone?


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the effect warming sea temperatures has on fish species.

  • News

    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.

  • Research into new fishing gear and methods has increased as a result of the need for fishermen to become more sustainable and efficient

    Into fifth gear


    Research into more effective and sustainable fishing gear is on the increase. Adrian Tatum explores some of the reasons why.

  • The question is no longer if things have really been really getting worse – it is what is the reason for the decline?

    Mediterranean blues


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the state of the Mediterranean.

  • Adjustment will be necessary across almost all industries, especially in commercial fishing and related sectors

    Brexit: A game changing vote for fishing


    With the UK electorate voting to exit the European Union, WF asks where that leaves the country’s fishing industry and the broader seafood supply chain

  • All EU vessels now have to report all landings under the recently reformed Common Fisheries Policy © European Commission

    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.

  • When discarded in the marine environment, plastic garbage can become an environmental and health hazard. Credit: Wolfram Burner/CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr

    The plastic menace


    The worldwide production of plastics has increased considerably since the middle of the 20th century.

  • Tuna and fish landed to market in Sri Lanka

    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

  • Captain Olaf Olsen

    Beta Files


    Captain Olaf Olsen, whom I''m proud to call a friend, was born in the Faroe Islands in 1935.

  • European nations have spent the last two years implementing new changes under the CFP. Credit: Wutsje/via Wikimedia Commons

    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.

  • Illegal fishing is still a major problem. Credit: NOAA

    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.

  • Fish stocks are stable in some places, increasing in others and in some areas they are declining

    Fishing down marine food webs?


    Menakhem Ben-Yami shares his opinion on Pauly and Zeller’s recent paper on fish catches.

  • Bob Milne

    Getting to the bottom of the ‘mislabelling’ issue


    Bob Milne looks at the recent – and conflicting - seafood mislabelling studies.

  • Could the fish fingers of the future be made from plankton? Credit: EHRENBERG Kommunikation, CC BY-SA 2.0

    Science fiction?


    Menakhem Ben-Yami takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the possible technology of the future.

  • North Korea’s coastline is 2,100km long. Credit: Uri Tours/CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    '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.

  • Mnemiopsis leidyi. Steven G. Johnson/CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

    Challenges in the South Eastern Mediterranean


    A multidisciplinary scientific conference dealing with the dynamics of the Levant Basin, attended by international and Israeli experts, took place in November at the foot of Mt. Carmel, Israel. Menakhem Ben-Yami reports.

  • John Goodlad. © MSC

    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.