Fishing communities are now "based on razor-blade economics and driven by factors and rules that continually flow from city offices"
The weather forecast determines my life these days.
This wind has been consistent in its strength since before Christmas, I got
several big landings of line-caught squid then, and since then, a couple of
days trying to catch mackerel, but that’s it.
Once upon a time, well actually, three years ago, Tesco promised
to help protect our oceans. Just like a knight in shining armour arriving to
save the day, they suddenly switched and made the boldest public promise of all
the tuna brands to clean up their tins just before we launched a tuna league
table in which they were last.
Greenpeace encounters the Oleg Naydenov fishing illegally in 2012
Have you heard the one about Greenpeace controlling the
French Navy? No, me neither. But you might be forgiven for being confused by some
recent reports about the Russian trawler seized in West Africa.
Pirate fishing is a big problem. Sometimes it’s fishing over
quota (catching more than you should, or species that you shouldn’t), sometimes
it’s fishing in ways or places you shouldn’t. Overfishing may seem like a victimless
crime – but it isn’t, and the ultimate effect is bad news for our oceans, the
creatures that live in them, and the humans whose livelihoods or
future food source depends on them.
Posted by Daniel — 9 January 2014 at 2:00pm
In the summer of 2012, small-scale Senegalese fishermen reported a rapid and
significant increase in their catches. They attributed their rising
fortunes to newly elected President Macky Sall's decision to revoke the
licences of 29 large foreign trawlers, which together were taking as much as
half of the country's catch of pelagic fish. The licences had been granted
under dubious circumstances by the previous fisheries minister, as exposed in this report by