Menakhem Ben-Yami

A renowned figure in fisheries and a longstanding contributor to these pages, Menakhem Ben-Yami is now retired, but we are preserving the extensive catalogue of his wisdom and opinions that have appeared in World Fishing.

  • ?Fingerlings and other lings

    ?Fingerlings and other lings

    2018-06-15T07:00:00+01:00

    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

    Born on Friday 13th – superstition and the sea

    2018-05-07T21:22:00+01:00

    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

    Fish and Brexit

    2018-04-08T09:25:00+01:00

    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

    Fake News, Fake Fish

    2018-02-28T07:00:00+00:00

    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?

    Fishing – what’s changed?

    2018-02-07T07:30:00+00:00

    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

    ?The Caribbean, hurricane central

    2017-12-07T07:00:00+00:00

    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

    New Zealand: Fossilized views and changing reality

    2017-11-11T08:00:00+00:00

    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

    Encountering anthropology

    2017-10-06T14:42:00+01:00

    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

    The 200-mile limit’s origins

    2017-08-29T10:33:00+01:00

    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

    Faroese management in the balance

    2017-08-07T09:03:00+01:00

    ?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

    The Plastic Menace

    2017-07-05T14:32:00+01:00

    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.

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    Where have all the fishes gone?

    2016-09-07T13:56:00+01:00

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