Menakhem Ben-Yami – Page 6

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    American assessment of offshore fish farming


    The US government must be taking offshore fish farming seriously.

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    Our gentle fishing partners


    The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Authority (NOAA) has recently revised its 2006 estimates of dolphin abundance in the eastern tropical Pacific (ETP).

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    On fuel and fisheries...


    Some 40 million small-scale and artisanal fishermen that depend on outboard motors and small diesel engines are suffering from the spiralling rise in fuel prices.

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    Wisdom from Russia - now in English


    In January 2007, I reviewed here (see Enlightenment from Russia) a Russian book by L B Klyashtorin and A A Lyubushin, published in 2005 by the Moscow VNIRO (the All-Russian Scientific Institute for Fisheries and Oceanography).

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    Do we change the fish in water?


    What could make 17 scientists from eight European countries, most of them associated with their national fisheries research institutes, team up to author a rather short article describing a situation that is well-known and has been written about before?

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    The answer is blowing in the wind


    According to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, the waters of the Bering Sea are "challenging for vessel operations and search and rescue missions". The stormy Bering Sea is notorious as a widow maker.

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    World tuna - a look from FAO


    Tuna fisheries represent a heavily invested industry that operates highly mobile fleets of large expensive purse seiners and longliners.

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    How to attain decent working conditions?


    Globalisation of fisheries is characterised by fishermen fishing not only in their own national waters, but also on the high seas and in the waters of other countries, and by an unprecedented growth in the number of fishermen from developing countries on board fishing vessels of industrialised countries.

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    When David’s die and Goliath’s rejoice


    Fishermen’s lives go cheap in more than one way. Apart from engaging in one of the most hazardous occupations worldwide, they are frequently outside the reach of the occupational safety and health services available to other working people. They must navigate, often in shaky vessels, under hazardous weather conditions, and ...

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    Fishermen’s knowledge


    Nobody would deny that experienced professional fishermen, especially the old salt among them, possess a wealth of knowledge on fish and sea, and on what’s going on between the two, accumulating for generations.

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    The Northwesterly fury


    “…Yet this sea, this beautiful sea, is not to be trifled with. If It gets angry and suddenly and unexpectedly begins to foam, the waves whipped up by the tramountana rise up, break out into the open sea and crash furiously down onto the rocks, which wince and howl with ...

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    Edinburgh – what next?


    The well attended Edinburgh Cod Recovery Symposium received very good initial publicity. It bore a great promise of finding a golden road to the recovery of the ailing cod stocks in the NE Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.

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    Comments for MSC


    Recently the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) asked for public comment on the main criteria of its environmental standards for sustainable fishing. This was a good thing to do and I sincerely hope that many people responded. No doubt, the MSC is feeling the need for increasing the general understanding of ...

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    Greenpeace and fish trade liberalisation


    According to Greenpeace (GP), powers in the World Trade Organization (WT) are trying to significantly reduce and perhaps even eliminate tariffs on international fish trade. Their rationale is that further liberalisation of fish trade is both important and beneficial to developing countries. But GP disagrees.In a recently published paper “Trading ...

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    Good advice from FAO fisheries chief


    How happy certain European and American members of the fisheries management establishment would be if they could apply uniform management laws and regulations to all fisheries under their respective jurisdictions.

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    Enlightenment from Russia


    A wise man once said: people without history are people without future. I’ll paraphrase: science that ignores former studies and historical data cannot produce reliable predictions. This is also true for all those who attribute to fishing being the single or predominant cause for all trends and variations in fish ...

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    Listening to fisherman


    Among the many problems that hound fisheries management is one that could be solved – as long as there is a personal and political will.

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    How to co-manage a fishery


    Industrialised nations have developed fisheries management systems that directly and substantially affect the fishing industry’s operations and catches, and cause major socio-economic changes among people and communities associated with fisheries.

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    The Faroe Islands revisited


    Last July I had the pleasure of revisiting Foroyar (the Faroese name for the Faroe Islands) and talking to its fishermen, industry representatives, and scientists. I found there a lively discussion as to whether the fishing effort across its EEZ should be reduced.

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    Fishing for answers: the missing questions


    The state of fisheries, whether worldwide or in individual areas, has become a fashionable subject of both learned articles in scientific journals and separate publications.