Today (June 8, 2021) is United Nations World Oceans Day. This year’s official theme ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’ is most welcome. IWMC campaigns everyday of every year in defense of the livelihoods that depend upon making responsible commercial use of the oceans. But it strikes IWMC that this year’s worthy theme contradicts last year’s ‘Innovation for… Continue reading Reflections on the UN’s World Oceans Day
Originally published in Sustainable Fisheries. Author Emily De Sousa The talk of the ocean world is Seaspiracy, a Netflix Original film produced by the same team responsible for Cowspiracy and What the Health. Like those two previous films, Seaspiracy is full of misinformation and has been panned by actual experts. Others have already addressed the racist and xenophobic undertones of the… Continue reading The science of Seaspiracy
According to the World Trade Organisation, seafood is the world’s most traded food commodity, beating both soya and wheat. The most traded seafood by value, says the FAO, is shrimp, followed by groundfish (hake, cod, haddock and Alaska pollock), salmon and tuna. In 2018, according to the FAO, 59.51 million people were engaged in the primary fisheries business, of which 39.0… Continue reading Fisheries overview
Author Nils E. Stolpe/FishNet USA The reasons for Big Oil’s (now more accurately Big Energy’s) focus on fisheries – and on demonizing fishing and fisher- men – has been fairly obvious since a coalition of fishermen and environmentalists successfully stopped energy exploration on Georges Bank in the early 80s. Using a handful of ocean oriented… Continue reading “Fish Wars” or a Regime Shift in Ocean Governance?
Author Nils Stolpe/FishNet USA Choking On Good Intentions In multispecies fisheries, regulators must distinguish between stocks that are truly threatened or endangered and those that are simply fished harder than would be optimal on a single-species basis. It may be best to not try to rebuild some overfished stocks (so long as they do not… Continue reading Fisheries are choking on good(?) intentions
Author: Nils Stolpe/FishNet USA I’ve been reviewing my past writings to gauge which, if any, have aged gracefully and which haven’t. I’ll be redistributing those that I think were particularly noteworthy, either because they were – and perhaps still are – on target or because they weren’ t – or aren’ t. The following addresses… Continue reading The Sustainable Fisheries Act – January 11, 2000 revisited
Authors By ROBIN MCDOWELL, MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that… Continue reading AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?
Author Nils E. Stolpe, FishNet USA There are people who don’t like fishing. There are people who don’t like anyone who isn’t a vegan. There are people who don’t like progress. There are people who don’t like efficiency. There are people who don’t like to thoroughly research issues. There are people who don’t like technology.… Continue reading Their careers and their futures depend on attacking fishermen and fishing. What more can we expect from them?
Introduction A perennial issue facing mankind is how to best utilize the world’s natural resources. With aquatic foods providing essential nutrition for three billion people, and half of the animal protein and minerals for an estimated 400 million people, it is clearly vital that we succeed in conserving marine species at reasonable levels. At the… Continue reading MANAGING FISHERIES AND THE ROLE OF CITES
By Marco Pani-IWMC For the second consecutive time a proposal to list in Appendix II of CITES the species of genera Corallium and Paracorallium, included in the family Coralliidae, is submitted to the Conference of the Parties to CITES. This time also the proposal is mainly an anecdotic summary without real scientific evidence that these… Continue reading PROPOSAL No. 21 Inclusion of the family Coralliidae in Appendix II – Ten reasons to reject the proposal