Menakhem Ben-Yami – Page 2

  • Fishermen and FAO tell a different story to the Living Blue Planet report. Image supplied by Seafish:



    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at difference between the recent Living Blue Planet Report and what the science and fishermen are saying.

  • News

    Big Brother is watching


    The growing powers of state management of fisheries - and the introduction of more and more laws, regulations, and other restrictions controlling commercial fishing operations – continue to concoct complex systems of inspection and monitoring.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Hawaii Oceanic Technology Inc. has recently announced that it intends to deploy a huge automated spherical fish cage, the Oceansphere™. Credit: Hawaii Oceanic Technology Inc

    Technology in waiting


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at various technologies awaiting commercial implementation.

  • Trawling is blamed for being the worst villain to harm the ocean floor. Credit: John Wallace, NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC/FRAMD

    To kill the Golden Goose


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at whether trawling really is the worst villain of the sea.

  • Small-scale fisheries generally make broader direct and indirect contributions to food security, says HLPE. Credit: Biswarup Ganguly/CC-BY-SA-3.0

    The undue quarrel


    Environmentalists and fishermen rarely agree on anything – despite that, for logical reasons, they should stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a common cause for maintaining ‘sustainable’ utilisation of fishery resources.

  • INS "Drom Africa", 1948

    Leviathan: Death and survival


    Menakhem Ben-Yami reviews a new book on the history of whaling.

  • The World Bank report represents a global view of fish supply and demand

    Is the World Bank among the prophets?


    A new 80-page World Bank report entitled ''FISH TO 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture'' - available for free online on the World Bank and FAO websites - represents a global view of fish supply and demand generated by an improved International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities ...

  • One of the proposed amendments to the Magnuson Act is to replace the term ‘overfished’ with ‘depleted’. Credit: Jsome1/CC-BY-2.0

    New name, new game?


    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the recent shift in fisheries management science.

  • Returning from a sardine fishing expedition. Credit: FAO

    Speaking up for small-scale fisheries


    Menakhem Ben-Yami fights the case for small-scale fisheries throughout the world.

  • Thousands of fishermen were affected by Yolanda. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

    The Philippine disaster and local relief action


    Small-scale fisheries (SSF) are not only a great provider of employment, and either the only or most important income source in poor coastal communities, but there is something in the fishing itself that makes it the preferred way of life for the fishing people.