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  • Russia in transition
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    Russia in transition; why any future trade with the Russian ?Federation will be on very different terms to those of the past

    2018-04-09T06:00:00Z

    The trade embargo that was introduced by Russia in response to economic sanctions against Moscow over the Ukrainian conflict is now into its fourth year after being extended twice. The ban has disrupted markets all over the world, with seafood supply chains particularly affected as producers and exporters sought alternative ...

  • Fish and Brexit
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    Fish and Brexit

    2018-04-08T09:25:00Z

    On 23rd June, 2016 a referendum in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age could take part was held in Britain to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. I have still to understand why, but anyway almost 52% of the British voted to ...

  • What the seafood sector wants from Brexit
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    What the seafood sector wants from Brexit

    2018-03-03T07:00:00Z

    While there is still some considerable distance between what EU and UK decision makers believe their future relationship should be following the Brexit end-date in little over a year’s time, the seafood industry has a much clearer picture on what would constitute the most workable divorce package for the supply ...

  • Fake News, Fake Fish
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    Fake News, Fake Fish

    2018-02-28T07:00:00Z

    Fake news is one of today’s buzzwords, especially in politics where fake news has been dominating the media. It appears that this trend has now been exposed all over, including in conservation of marine and other natural resources. Reports that local people are destroying the environment are in most cases ...

  • Fishing – what’s changed?
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    Fishing – what’s changed?

    2018-02-07T07:30:00Z

    When Europe was inhabited by tribes of intelligent savages, fishing was one of the main sources of food. The associated seamanship and boat-building enabled the development of marine navigation and other sea trades.

  • The plastic problem
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    The plastic problem

    2018-02-01T07:00:00Z

    There’s no shortage of waste fishing gear, and there’s a growing number of ways of disposing of it as the problem of plastic waste becomes increasingly severe – and as it becomes the focus as steadily more attention.

  • Isobel
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    ?The Caribbean, hurricane central

    2017-12-07T07:00:00Z

    In October this year Georgetown, Guyana hosted the 7th Meeting of the CRFM (Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism) Ministerial Council, which gave a green light to its member states to adopt risk insurance that ‘would enable the fisheries sector and fishers to bounce back more quickly after a hurricane strikes.’?

  • MB-Y
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    New Zealand: Fossilized views and changing reality

    2017-11-11T08:00:00Z

    Not so long ago, New Zealand’s fisheries management system has been considered by some, mainly by quota buffs, as one of the best in the world. This, not on the basis of actual, proven results, but because New Zealand has been one of the early enthusiasts of the Quota Management ...

  • Palm
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    Encountering anthropology

    2017-10-06T14:42:00Z

    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 ...

  • WSI
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    The invisible 50%

    2017-09-27T09:20:00Z

    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 ...

  • Antarctic krill
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    Concentration in Antarctic krill oil production

    2017-09-06T13:40:00Z

    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 ...

  • 200 mile origins
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    The 200-mile limit’s origins

    2017-08-29T10:33:00Z

    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 ...

  • Pair Team
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    Faroese management in the balance

    2017-08-07T09:03:00Z

    ?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 – ...

  • The Plastic Menace
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    The Plastic Menace

    2017-07-05T14:32:00Z

    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
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    Make hay while the sun shines

    2016-09-13T09:34:00Z

    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
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    Minimal safety training increases risk to fishermen

    2016-09-13T09:34:00Z

    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:
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    Where have all the fishes gone?

    2016-09-07T13:56:00Z

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

  • News

    Dealing with 'MPA mania'

    2016-08-03T16:33:00Z

    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
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    Into fifth gear

    2016-08-03T15:18:00Z

    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?
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    Mediterranean blues

    2016-07-14T13:59:00Z

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