Interviews – Page 3

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    Robust Iceland will report pirates

    2005-08-01T11:42:00Z

    Árni MathiesenQ: What are the main strengths of the industry today?It is diversity. Most of the Icelandic stocks are in a stable situation or growing. There is probably only one stock in trouble, the prawn stock. The part of the industry doing better is the pelagic fleet and the pelagic ...

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    Brave New World - from occupation to liberalisation

    2005-07-01T11:50:00Z

    Peter O'Neill discussed the issues with Normunds Rieksti?š, Director of the National Board of Fisheries and finds that Latvia still leads with its most famous products, Riga sprats and herrings.Normunds has been in fish all his professional life. A biologist by education he began working in the fisheries regulatory board ...

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    Small and local is powerful and persuasive in big EU

    2005-05-25T09:00:00Z

    European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe BorgJoe Borg has already shown how a man from a small island, Malta, is particularly sensitive to what the sea can do to small coastal fishing communities. At the international Tsunami Rehabilitation conference at FAO he said Brussel's "efforts will clearly be ...

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    China's white fish exports force European processors to develop new products

    2005-02-19T13:55:00Z

    Since the mid-1980s China has become the world's workshop with new factories being set up every year to manufacture toys, garments, textiles, consumer electronics and many other items for export. The vast army of low cost labour available to these factories has been a major factor supporting industrial growth in ...

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    Fitting into the market

    2004-07-02T11:21:00Z

    How would you describe the general state of the Norwegian fishing industry at the moment?In 2003, there was a decrease in the landings of fish by Norwegian registered vessels, and also in the first hand value. The landings totalled 2.5 million tonnes, down from 2.7 for 2002. The first hand ...

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    Iceland claws back its lucrative cod empire

    2004-06-01T10:57:00Z

    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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    Iceland claws back its lucrative cod empire

    2004-06-01T10:57:00Z

    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

    2004-05-01T09:40:00Z

    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

    2004-04-13T14:49:00Z

    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

    2004-03-01T09:03:00Z

    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

    2002-10-09T12:12:00Z

    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

    2002-09-17T10:19:00Z

    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

    2002-08-19T11:46:00Z

    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

    2002-07-04T12:00:00Z

    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

    2002-05-11T11:51:00Z

    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

    2002-04-21T15:12:00Z

    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

    2002-03-24T16:16:00Z

    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

    2002-03-24T16:15:00Z

    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

    2002-02-01T12:27:00Z

    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 ...