Interviews – Page 3

  • Ruben Mugira

    Albacora on its future communications plans


    Grupo Albacora SA is a leading tuna fishing company exporting all over the world. A pioneer in many aspects of its business, Grupo Albacora is one of the first to adopt the internet onboard its fishing vessels, support ships and reefer ships. By the end of 2011 it is the ...

  • The bridge and ship's wheel dominate the entrance to Lowri Evans' maritime and fisheries headquarters in Brussels. Credit: TW : EEC Photos

    Who has the wheel?


    The bridge and ship's wheel dominate the entrance to Lowri Evans' maritime and fisheries headquarters in Brussels. Credit: TW : EEC PhotosThe context Commissioners may come and Commissioners may go but the engine room of the EU’s DG Mare Pêche (Direction générale des affaires maritimes et de la pêche – ...

  • Dragon Feeds’ founder Tony Smith.

    Q&A with Tony Smith, Dragon Feeds


    Dragon Feeds began looking at ways to produce sustainable aquaculture feeds around 10 years ago. Following five years intense research and development work, the UK company unveiled its unique fishmeal alternative, which combines its own farm-produced Nereis virens polychaetes, also known as ragworms, with vegetable proteins. Today, Dragon’s feed project ...

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    A tale of three hatcheries


    Kilic Group’s Bafa hatchery is nearly as big as a small town. (Photo: Kilic)Turkey’s three leading gilthead seabream and European seabass hatcheries could not be more different if they tried. At one end of the spectrum is the Kilic Group where everything – including the size of the fry they ...

  • Schwaab: Fisheries have been vital to the prosperity of US coastal communities for centuries.

    Protecting US marine resources


    Schwaab: Fisheries have been vital to the prosperity of US coastal communities for centuries.WF: How are you planning to implement policies such as catch shares, which seem to have sparked significant controversy in the US fishing industry ES: Catch share programmes, which include individual fishing quotas and limited access ...

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    WFE will mark a turning point for Spain


    Elena Espinosa, Spanish Minister of the Environment and Rural and Marine AffairsWorld Fishing: How important is aquaculture for the Spanish fisheries sector?Elena Espinosa: Modern aquaculture constitutes a substantial innovation in the production of fish and of food of aquatic origin and, with a percentage of average world growth of 6-8 ...

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    Interview on the First World Summit on Fisheries Sustainability


    David Agnew, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College of LondonWhat is the reason for holding a conference focused on sustainability?Everyone – the fishing industry, environmental organisations, governments – is now concerned about the sustainability of fish stocks. Since the early 1990s there has been very little growth in the world ...

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    CFP reform – how’s about a new boat?


    Nathalie Charbonneau, spokeswoman for Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg, has spent her career in the Commission (EC). There are lots of complaints about the CFP she says, but the reform process, which went public with a Green Paper in April(1), is a chance for direct input from fishermen to change things.Any ...

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    Optimistic about the future


    Iceland's Minister of Fisheries, Einar K GuðfinnssonWorld Fishing: What are the main strengths of the Icelandic fisheries industry today?Einar K Guðfinnsson: There are a number of things that one can mention. Of course, we have a very able management team, a very well-trained and experienced workforce and we have a ...

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    Icelandic fisheries still going strong


    Marianne Rasmussen-CoullingWorld Fishing: What are the main changes this year to other editions of the show?Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling: Following the 2005 event it became apparent that a large number of exhibitors wanted the exhibition to run over three days. Also, by moving the event to October the hotels would be charging ...

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    Three men in a boat


    Left to right: Jaime Silva (Portugal), Horst Seehofer (Germany) and Iztok Jarc (Slovenia). TW : EEC PhotosThere are now 27 EU ministers with responsibility for Agriculture and Fish and Rural Development (AFRD). Germany’s Horst Seehofer took over the Presidency of the Council in January for the usual six months. ...

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    Becoming a player in European fisheries


    Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for Agriculture, Food and FisheriesWorld Fishing: What are your most important projects and issues in your new role?Eskil Erlandsson: When it comes to fisheries in the European context I would like to be more influential than the previous government, and be more of a 'player'. It ...

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    Spanish sector at the forefront of responsible fishing


    Spanish Fisheries Minister, Elena Espinosa (Picture courtesy of MAFA)World Fishing: How do you describe the situation of the Spanish fishing sector?Elena Espinosa: First of all, I would like to highlight that Spain is still a big fishing country. It still has an important fishing tradition and it is still a ...

  • News

    Striking a balance


    World Fishing: What are your most important current projects and issues?Dr Simon Cripps: WWF's Global Marine Programme endeavours to protect marine life and the oceans, and the livelihoods of those that depend on them. In partnership with users of the marine environment, e.g. shipping companies and the fishing sector, WWF ...

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    The Chief Inspector sniffs out the flesh


    Christopher Leftwich as Fishmongers' Hall on the ThamesA billionaire American tourist, mesmerised by the green lawns around the ‘Bloody’ Tower of London, asks the groundsman how he could get the same quality at his Texas ranch. “Simple really, sir: clear and level the ground, lay the seed and water it.” ...

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    Reversing long term decline


    Growing consumer awareness, the association believes, will reduce the market for illegally caught tuna which is supplied mostly by foreign vessels. Discouraging consumption of illegally landed tuna, in turn, will raise demand for legally caught fisheries products landed by Japan’s fishing fleet.JFA’s initiative to target consumers to combat competition from ...

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    Guarding the lights – fighting the black


    Failing to notice that Norway changed its Minister of Fisheries last autumn, you would have to be colour-blind. The former Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, conservative Svein Ludvigsen (59) often dressed in dark grey before entering the scene to speak about liberalisation of the seafood industry. Structuring the coastal ...

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    Iceland upholds a healthy economy


    The importance of fisheries and of the politics of fisheries in Iceland makes the breeding of skilled ministers of fisheries a necessity. Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson (51) is one of the most obvious choices. Growing up in the West Fjords of the island, he was soon involved in the local fish ...

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    “I must go down to the sea again..”


    Diversification of fishing ports into a range of marine-linked businesses has been a regular theme in World Fishing’s reporting over the last five years. But it is only when you meet a firebrand such as Mike Leece that you realise that converting port sheds or trying to promote new landside ...

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    Mauritania and the EU fail to agree


    First five-year treatyThe first five year treaty with the EU was concluded in 1996 when the then government of ousted president Maaouiya Ould Taya sought to replace the diminishing and ageing visiting fleet of the former Soviet Union and its allies with the presence of modern EU vessels.Under its umbrella ...