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‘Brexit’ case founders on uncertain future
Thursday, 09 June 2016 18:10

The votes of British fishermen are unlikely to sway the UK’s referendum result one way or the other, but their oft­voiced plight is a test case for the arguments over EU membership.

The UK could follow Norway in retaining control of its own waters, alleviating the immediate struggles of fishermen and coastal regions. But a future deal with EU neighbours would be needed and there is no guarantee of better terms.


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The loving of seafood and the hating of fishing
Friday, 21 February 2014 17:27

This guest post was written by Monique Coombs. Originally published on CNN iReport. Reprinted with permission from the author.

I am often discouraged in my work by the amount of misconceptions, misinformation, and misunderstandings that exist around the seafood and fishing industries. People seem to love seafood, but hate commercial fishing. They want to “save the ocean,” but they utilise generalised seafood guides that do not take into account the whole story to select their seafood.


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Third-party seafood labels part of the problem
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:20

The road to hell...
Third party labelling started as a genuine effort to empower environmentally conscious consumers to exercise their buying power and stop marine-deadly fishing methods. Today, however, as a result of a lack of government oversight certain third-party certifications, like Earth Island's so-called "dolphin safe" label, have become the means to profitable and unscrupulous ends that do nothing but confuse and deceive consumers.


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NGO criticised over famous tuna brand
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:27
Dolphins caught in a net (Source: NOAA)

In the 1970s, then-new conservation groups such as Greenpeace were applauded for pointing out the potential abuse of the environment by natural resource industries such fisheries.

They worked hand-in-hand with government managers, scientists and the fishermen to harvest the resource with minimal damage to the stock or the ecosystem. Undoubtedly, at the time there was increasing cause for concern as big companies and government subsidies sometimes led to the neglect of the ecosystem despite the objections of individual fishermen.

Today, working together is a thing of the past.


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Evading the net: Tax crime in the fisheries sector
Thursday, 14 November 2013 13:38

The fisheries sector is a major global industry, with strategic importance for many countries. In 2010, fisheries and aquaculture provided fish with a total value of US$217.5 billion. Developing countries are a major participant in this market, providing over 50 per cent of the world fish trade, which contributes a greater amount to their net earnings from foreign exchange than meat, tea, bananas and coffee combined.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that over 500 million people in developing countries depend, directly or indirectly, on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. However, despite these positive statistics, the fisheries sector remains vulnerable to organised criminal activity that not only inhibits the ability of countries to enforce fisheries policy, but directly impacts the economic and social well-being of people in both developed and developing countries.


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