Interviews – Page 4

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    Iceland claws back its lucrative cod empire


    It is good news for a country that relies so much on fisheries. In 2003, total landings reached 1.98 million tonnes and fish products now represent 60 per cent of the country's export earnings. Cod holds pride of price and place, generating around 40 per cent of the total export ...

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    Global fishing on a community level


    World Fishing: How would you describe the general state of the Australian fishing industry at the moment?Ian Macdonald: The general state of the Australian fishing industry varies across the wide range of fisheries that exist in Australia. Broadly speaking the fishing industry has enjoyed the strong economic conditions that have ...

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    Optimism still remains in UK


    There were 220 white-fish trawlers registered in Scotland three years ago. There are now 120.The white fish fleet has strongly been affected by the long-term recovery plans for endangered stocks, specially cod, in the North Sea.Although North Sea haddock stocks are healthy and the total allowable catch (TAC) is up ...

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    Balancing political fish logs at home and abroad


    Q. This year, 89% of the Irish Sea fleet will be free of the 'days-at-sea' system. The overall quota for Ireland has increased 8% over last year. All this seems to be a successful achievement at a time when the trend in Europe is towards more cuts and restrictions. Were ...

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    Breaking away from scepticism


    Brendan May (MSC)Fishermen could not believe that a organisation backed by one of the largest fish buyers in the world, Unilever and the WWF could actively launch a sustainability label which would attempt to make the world fisheries more sustainable. To them it seemed the MSC was tarnished too much ...

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    Something to believe in


    There is something to be said about being positive in times of crisis. It is far to easy just to give up or give in and far more harder to pick yourself up and try again, to battle against all odds.That thought must have crossed the minds of many British ...

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    Australian industry to grow stronger


    Australian Fisheries Minister - Ian MacdonaldHow has the Australian commercial fishing industry progressed in the past few years and how would you say it fits in with other world fishing nations?Over the past five years value of fisheries production in Australia has increased by 40% from $A1.77 billion to $A2.48 ...

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    Canadian minister op timistic about future


    I'm very optimistic about the current state of the Canadian fishing industry even though the past decade has been difficult. With the decline of groundfish stocks on the east coast and salmon stocks on the west coast, our industry has gone through enormous changes. But it has emerged as a ...

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    Deep sea fishing will not replace coastal fishing says fisheries scientist


    While the EU has given the subject a wide birth so far, Member Governments such as Ireland and Spain and other countries around the world have been busy researching possibility of uncovering new species with commercial potential.Ireland, for example, has been researching deep sea fishing possibilities in its waters since ...

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    UK retailer calls for sustainable approach to global fishing


    George French (left) Sainsbury's technical director and George White (right) of the Supermarket's environmental team discuss the new tuna project that will look at the worldwide management of the fisheries.Being one step away from the consumer, it is their views that can be used as a stepping stone and platform ...

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    Ireland takes up the sustainability challenge


    Irish Fisheries Minister, Frank FaheyBut as far as his running of his country's commercial fishing industry is concerned, you would find it hard to criticise him.The fishing industry in Ireland has changed sustainably over the last five years. It is now much more business driven than before, market focused and ...

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    Scotland look to further measures to help declining whitefish fleets


    The Scottish fleet has endured enough through decommissioning and the time has come to put boat scrapping measures on the backburner and focus on other fisheries management measures.This is the view of Hamish Morrison, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, who believes that if the Scots fleet shrank any ...

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    Policy change needed for Europe


    The past year has seen the arrival of a Green Paper on the future of the Common Fisheries policy and a public hearing lasting three days in Brussels last June.Since then there has been much debate and criticism. The Commission has listened, talked, argued and is currently finalising proposals.Governments, fishing ...