Menakhem Ben-Yani

  • ?Fingerlings and other lings
    News

    ?Fingerlings and other lings

    2018-06-15T07:00:00Z

    With the accelerating growth of fish consumption, more and more attention and efforts are being dedicated to the development of fish farming, both?? ?? marine and freshwater. To produce fish of edible size, in most cases fish farmers populate their ponds or fish cages with young stages of the preferred ...

  • Born on Friday 13th – superstition and the sea
    News

    Born on Friday 13th – superstition and the sea

    2018-05-07T21:22:00Z

    Sitting down to write this, I can’t help noticing that the date is Friday 13th, so a look at superstition seems appropriate. What a crazy idea! Me and superstitions? I consider myself a most rational human being and a total non-believer, especially with respect to superstition. So why should I ...

  • Fish and Brexit
    News

    Fish and Brexit

    2018-04-08T09:25:00Z

    On 23rd June, 2016 a referendum in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age could take part was held in Britain to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. I have still to understand why, but anyway almost 52% of the British voted to ...

  • Fake News, Fake Fish
    News

    Fake News, Fake Fish

    2018-02-28T07:00:00Z

    Fake news is one of today’s buzzwords, especially in politics where fake news has been dominating the media. It appears that this trend has now been exposed all over, including in conservation of marine and other natural resources. Reports that local people are destroying the environment are in most cases ...

  • Fishing – what’s changed?
    News

    Fishing – what’s changed?

    2018-02-07T07:30:00Z

    When Europe was inhabited by tribes of intelligent savages, fishing was one of the main sources of food. The associated seamanship and boat-building enabled the development of marine navigation and other sea trades.

  • Isobel
    News

    ?The Caribbean, hurricane central

    2017-12-07T07:00:00Z

    In October this year Georgetown, Guyana hosted the 7th Meeting of the CRFM (Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism) Ministerial Council, which gave a green light to its member states to adopt risk insurance that ‘would enable the fisheries sector and fishers to bounce back more quickly after a hurricane strikes.’?

  • MB-Y
    News

    New Zealand: Fossilized views and changing reality

    2017-11-11T08:00:00Z

    Not so long ago, New Zealand’s fisheries management system has been considered by some, mainly by quota buffs, as one of the best in the world. This, not on the basis of actual, proven results, but because New Zealand has been one of the early enthusiasts of the Quota Management ...

  • Palm
    News

    Encountering anthropology

    2017-10-06T14:42:00Z

    My first assignment in Africa, many decades ago, turned into a three-year course in social anthropology, writes Menakhem Ben-Yami. My teachers and examiners were the local people (fishermen, government officers, merchants, fish processors, and some others), and I had to pass many, almost daily exams. I went there as a ...

  • 200 mile origins
    News

    The 200-mile limit’s origins

    2017-08-29T10:33:00Z

    I’m looking back 70 years to the origins of the 200-mile EEZ. The true parents of this were Chile and Peru. In 1947, back when I sailed as wireless operator, the President of Chile and the Government of Peru proclaimed national sovereignty over submarine areas, regardless of their size or ...

  • Pair Team
    News

    Faroese management in the balance

    2017-08-07T09:03:00Z

    ?Eleven years ago I wrote on this page: "During 1994-95, the Faroese fisheries have been managed by the quota system, introduced due to Denmark’s pressure and local compliance. The Faroese people, however, soon perceived both the operation and consequences of this system as leading towards economic, social and with – ...

  • The Plastic Menace
    News

    The Plastic Menace

    2017-07-05T14:32:00Z

    This is not the first time that I''m quoting Prince Charles on this page, and I''m not doing it for being a special fan of the British royalty, but because I find him again and again a champion for the nature in general and our oceans in particular.

  • An Argo float, during a NASA study of ocean temperature measurements. Credit:
    News

    Where have all the fishes gone?

    2016-09-07T13:56:00Z

    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the effect warming sea temperatures has on fish species.

  • News

    Dealing with 'MPA mania'

    2016-08-03T16:33:00Z

    Spatially delimited MPAs (Marine Protected Areas), however lacking in true science, have recently become a commonly prescribed remedy for all fish stock ails, especially for the conservation of biodiversity.

  • The question is no longer if things have really been really getting worse – it is what is the reason for the decline?
    News

    Mediterranean blues

    2016-07-14T13:59:00Z

    Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the state of the Mediterranean.

  • When discarded in the marine environment, plastic garbage can become an environmental and health hazard. Credit: Wolfram Burner/CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr
    News

    The plastic menace

    2016-06-09T16:30:00Z

    The worldwide production of plastics has increased considerably since the middle of the 20th century.

  • Captain Olaf Olsen
    News

    Beta Files

    2016-05-16T11:26:00Z

    Captain Olaf Olsen, whom I''m proud to call a friend, was born in the Faroe Islands in 1935.

  • Fish stocks are stable in some places, increasing in others and in some areas they are declining
    News

    Fishing down marine food webs?

    2016-03-03T13:41:00Z

    Menakhem Ben-Yami shares his opinion on Pauly and Zeller’s recent paper on fish catches.

  • Could the fish fingers of the future be made from plankton? Credit: EHRENBERG Kommunikation, CC BY-SA 2.0
    News

    Science fiction?

    2016-02-09T16:56:00Z

    Menakhem Ben-Yami takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the possible technology of the future.

  • North Korea’s coastline is 2,100km long. Credit: Uri Tours/CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    News

    'North Korean' fishermen die in a desperate fishery

    2016-01-14T12:01:00Z

    North Korea has made the global press headlines with its claim of detonating a hydrogen bomb, but Menakhem Ben-Yami reports on the fishing boats and bodies that have recently washed ashore in Japan, which appear to be North Korean.

  • John Goodlad. © MSC
    News

    Fishing and cage farming paradise

    2015-11-12T13:06:00Z

    A couple of months ago a rare visitor, John Goodlad - a Shetlander who is also a Scottish fishery personality - passed here with his beautiful daughter.