A big challenge in today's economic context is converting good intentions into practice. Vested interests want 'business as usual'. Thinking longer term- vital if fish stocks are to regain health - can seem a political luxury. Scientific data is sometimes mysteriously lacking and compliance weak. Meanwhile, it's the interests of the poor coastal communities and the fishermen with smaller boats and less damaging gear which are usually overlooked.
The UN's Food and Agriculture organisation says all west African fisheries are fished to capacity or overworked. Incomes are plummeting, and the knock-on effects are more poverty and hunger.
James Nicholas has always made a living off the sea. A fisherman in the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, he recalls the profitable business of selling his daily catch to residents and restaurants on the island and even exporting fish to luxury hotels in neighbouring ones.But things have changed in recent times. Local experts are blaming conditions associated with climate change, insisting that they have led to a significant depletion of the local fishing stock.
Some women from the coastal town of Cagangohan, Panabo, Davao del Norte have stopped waiting for their husbands to return from the sea with their catch. Instead, they have decided to head out to the waters themselves and fish.
To 20 housewives who have formed the Cagangohan Women’s Association (CWA), the first all-women fishers’ organization in the country, there’s truth in the old Chinese proverb, with a little twist: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach the housewives to fish and you feed them and make profitable businesswomen out of them.”
Marine life is on the brink of disaster. And so are the fishermen’s lives. The situation is more serious in Sindh because of the persistent and widespread use of illegal nets. Unlike Balochistan, fishermen here have never managed to form a united front to safeguard their livelihood and reject the use of harmful fishing methods.
These were some of the important points highlighted at a national symposium organised by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) at a local hotel on Wednesday.
West Africa, recognized as one of the world's richest fisheries grounds teeming with snapper, grouper, sardines, mackerel and shrimp, loses up to $1.5 billion worth of fish each year to vessels fishing in protected zones or without proper equipment or licenses.
The objective of the Coastal Resource for Sustainable Development Project (CRSDP) is to improve the sustainable management of coastal fisheries in selected coastal provinces of Vietnam. Negative impacts include: dust generation/air pollution, noise and vibration, water pollution, solid waste, chemical or hazardous waste, traffic management, and workers safety.
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Healthy seas and coasts would pay healthy dividends in a green economy, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners that highlights the huge potential for economic growth and poverty eradication from well-managed marine sectors.
The report, Green Economy in a Blue World, argues that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems, which are currently in decline around the globe, can be boosted by shifting to a more sustainable economic approach that taps their natural potential – from generating renewable energy and promoting eco-tourism, to sustainable fisheries and transport.
The worldwide fishing industry could benefit from a $50 billion boost annually if stocks were allowed time to recover, the UN said Wednesday.
Already 32 percent of the world's fish stocks have been depleted by years of overfishing and poor coastal management, according to a UN Environment Programme report released in Pasig City.
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It has achieved tremendous progress in agricultural sector but still finds it difficult to feed the nation. Apart from controlling the population through strict family planning, it has to educate and train the human resources to turn them into useful man-power. It has to diversify its economy.