Menakhem Ben-Yami – Page 5

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    Kaliningrad revisited


    Kaliningrad has changed considerably in the last two decades but it remains a hub for fishing technology.

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    Filthy oceans and misinformation


    Highlighting the misinterpretation of commercial fishing data.

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    Poland and the EU’s fisheries policy


    I have on my desk two superbly illustrated publications representing a joint effort by the Polish Sea Research Institute (MIR, and the Polish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and published by the latter (

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    Marine fish farming: solution or delusion?


    The question is not how to protect environment from aquaculture, but how to develop marine fish farming that’s environment friendly.

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    Small-scale fisheries revisited


    A short report on India’s fisheries published by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) awakened me to the disproportionately small share of information and discussion in most fisheries press, and the relatively little research effort focusing on small-scale/artisanal fisheries (SSF).

  • Menakhem Ben-Yami's kick-in lecture. From left: James Smith (D&P, Marseilles, interpreting), Menakhem Ben-Yami, D. Le Sauce (D&P President)

    French fisheries and CFP discussed at Lorient workshop


    Menakhem Ben-Yami's kick-in lecture. From left: James Smith (D&P, Marseilles, interpreting), Menakhem Ben-Yami, D. Le Sauce (D&P President)The headquarters of P&D, which also include a fisheries documentation centre, is situated in Lorient in Brittany, France. Lorient is the second largest fishing port in France handling annually (2008) over 22,000mt of ...

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    Obama, Lubchenko and catch shares: who benefits?


    According to an official announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in June 2009 President Obama committed his administration to “integrated and comprehensive national ocean policy, incorporating programs to help rebuild fisheries and sustain fishermen, communities and vibrant working waterfronts, including the cultural and resource access traditions”.

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    Computers in fisheries research: friend or foe?


    To err is human; to really foul things up needs a computer…

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    “And you are crestfallen, no hope you can raise, Seawater will creep in your veins, But waves of the ocean forever will praise Your glory, your death and your pains.” (After an old Russian naval song – G. Zaytsev, transl)

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    Saving habitats from inertia


    The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently published a report entitled: "Our Living Oceans: Habitat" (online version available at

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    A new El Niño looming – but how strong?


    Worrying news - US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists have now confirmed that their satellite data indicates development in the central Pacific Ocean of a new El Niño of not yet known strength and duration, reports Menakhem Ben-Yami. New technology enables forecasting El Niño months in advance, although ...

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    EU Green Paper part 2


    Last month, this column dealt with only a few of the subjects brought up by the EU’s 2009 Green Paper (GP). Here are some more:

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    EU Green Paper


    According to its authors, the recent EU Green Paper (GP), together with contributions from stakeholder organisations, the research community, Member State governments, civil society and third countries, should form the basis of a public debate on the future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

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    A deadly combination


    "Just abuse or semi-slavery" - news such as this coming from South Africa on the abuse of Vietnamese and Indonesian crews onboard oceanic fishing vessels and previous ones of the labour conditions onboard Scottish and Irish fishing vessels on one hand, and those on the persisting reality of illegal, unreported ...

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    Mathematics and selective fishing


    This column is going to be a continuation of my previous one, for the voices questioning some of the management means and the very science underlying them are heard loud and clear and more and more often.

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    Reinforcements from Russia and America


    Here, at World Fishing, we have often brought up opinions questioning the ongoing fishery management methodology and management by quotas, as well as the underlying science, including the issue of relationship between the size of spawning stocks (SSB) and recruitment, the consequences of sustained size-selective fishing, and the validity of ...

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    What certification?


    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that was one of the parents of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) appears to be all set to spawn another fish watcher - the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

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    The sinking of the Patriot


    Skipper Matteo Russo and his father-in-law, John Orlando, died early the morning of 3 January when their 16.5-m trawler, Patriot, sank somewhere off Gloucester, Massachusetts in fair weather and moderate sea.

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    Farming in troubled waters


    Chile’s salmon farming industry is deep in trouble. Chile''s marine aquaculture has been a big business following a 15-year development, despite being a relatively late-comer to the salmon industry.

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    Financial collapse and fisheries


    The present worldwide financial crisis needs a coordinated response on a range of fronts in order to limit its impact on economic growth, jobs and small businesses - says the October resolution of EU summit.