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  • A commercial fishing haul in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. Credit: AusAID/CC BY 2.0

    Pacific Islands encouraged to increase use of FADs


    Pacific Island countries are being encouraged to increase the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) to improve the supply of fish in the region, reports David Hayes.

  • Great white shark. Credit: under Public Domain



    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.

  • Trawler fishing for krill in the South Antarctic

    China set to make the most of krill


    Andrew Martin reports on China’s presence in the krill fishery and its plans for development.

  • The Maine scallop fishery has become a hard industry to earn a living in. Credit:

    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.

  • News

    Clever seals outsmarting fishermen


    Bryan Gibson looks at the problems that seals can cause for fishermen and fish farmers.

  • Sustainability is not limited to the fishery, but also includes the fishermen and their communities. Credit: SeaDave/CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The fish we eat


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the term ‘sustainability’ and how it now covers more than just the fish itself.

  • Modern technology is ensuring fishing fleets around the world are as efficient as possible

    A more efficient and effective future


    Adrian Tatum reports in the importance of efficient and effective fishing.

  • Any production growth can only come chiefly from marine aquaculture © FAO/Roberto Faidutti

    FAO Fisheries: Model 2015


    Menakhem Ben-Yami revisits FAO Fisheries and discusses how times have changed.

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    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.

  • A whole marine farming system was suggested by the AKVA Group. Credit: AKVA Group,

    Marine farming and artificial islands


    Last January I went to a conference, which took place at the University of Haifa, Israel. It was dedicated to examining the option of artificial islands (‘artlands’) in an Israeli context.

  • The revised CFP still presents a huge challenge to fishing communities around Europe

    Implementing the CFP


    Adrian Tatum reports on the implementation of the CFP, over a year on from its conception.

  • Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries

    Q&A with Karmenu Vella


    In an exclusive interview with Jason Holland for World Fishing & Aquaculture, Karmenu Vella, the new EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, discusses enforcement of the Common Fisheries Policy, the benefits of boosting EU aquaculture and much more.

  • While marine pollution can be obvious, it is often the pollutants that cannot be seen that cause the most harm. Credit: Stephen Codrington/CC BY 2.5

    Climate, pollution and overfishing


    It seems that at least every five years I have to return to the dispute of overfishing versus other factors responsible for depleted fish populations. I wrote about it on this page in 2002, 2007 and 2012. Now, with a feeling of déjà vu, I''m back at it.

  • Fishing for Litter at Newlyn Harbour, UK

    Positive signs in campaign to reduce ocean litter


    Good progress is being made in reducing the amount of ocean litter caused by the marine industry, including the commercial fishing industry, writes Bryan Gibson.

  • GAA believes shrimp aquaculture could double to reach 8 million tonnes per year by 2020. Source: GAA

    Lessons learned in the fight against EMS


    The widespread shrimp disease continues to be a multi-billion dollar problem, but there is reason for rising optimism, writes Jason Holland.

  • Fishing boats in Ghana. Credit: Benggriff/CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Ebola and fish market – curse, blessing or both?


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at how the Ebola scare is affecting West African fisheries.

  • Drying mullet roe in Taiwan. Credit: comicpie/CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The jumping mullets


    Grey mullets are funny fish. When fenced off - they''ll just jump over the net corkline and laugh at you from the outside. They may also jump back and forth - just for fun.

  • Tharos at sea trial - raw fresh krill arriving to the pilot plant

    Producing krill oil at sea improves quality and saves costs


    Andrew Martin looks into the benefits of producing krill oil at sea.

  • Atlantic cod. © Hans Hillewaert/CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Selective science


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the issue of selectivity in fisheries.

  • Peter Bruce, skipper of the Peterhead-based whitefish trawler ‘Budding Rose’, is signed up to the RFS

    Filling the void


    From next summer, a comprehensive overhaul to Seafish’s Responsible Fishing Scheme will extend beyond the quayside with the inclusion of chain of custody for both traceability and quality, writes Jason Holland.