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Decrease In Capelin Fish Stocks

Capelin Stocks Declining In Eastern Canada Causing Worry For Fishing Community

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The Capelin Fishing community in Newfoundland and Labrador is concerned that the stock has declined to a point where their livelihoods are in trouble. The fishing community has observed Capelin spawning later in the summer than normal and the individuals that are spawning are smaller than normal.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists are not too concerned about the low numbers of capelin as the stock has gone lower in the recent past and has rebounded. Capelin are prey to cod, turbot, salmon, whales, and seabirds; therefore, their numbers are related to the number of predators. Capelin numbers fell to an all-time low right before the cod stocks collapsed in the late 1990s and it took them over a decade to recover. Cod and turbot stocks are doing better, which could lead to a decrease in capelin numbers in the short term.

The big question for this story is how do you manage a fishery, where the fish are being eaten by natural predators rather than humans. Let me know what you think of this situation in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Andrey Dolgov

The Complex Fight Against Illegal Fishing – A Story of the Andrey Dolgov

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Illegal fisheries is a huge problem and the story that you are about to listen to will highlight why it is so difficult to stop. This episode has the components of a great movie with crime syndicates, high seas chases, fraud, and computer hacking.

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Australia Government Lobster Fishery Take Over

Western Australian State Government Take Over Percentage of Local Fishery

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Imagine you are a local rock lobster fisher that relies on the sale of your catches to support your family. There are only 2000 fishers within the community, so it’s relatively small. Now, the state government decides it is going to take 17% of the fishery to provide funds for the local community.

How would you feel about that? This situation is happening in Western Australia right now.

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Indonesia is leading the fight against iUU Fishing

Indonesia Fights Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing

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Indonesia has been aggressively fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing domestically since 2014. It has gone as far as sinking foreign vessels that were illegally fishing in Indonesian waters using Navy Forces. The result has been an increase in fish abundance domestically to support its artisanal-based fisheries industry, but there is still more work to be done.

The country is calling for the UN to include Fishing Crimes as part of the Palermo Treaty, which would put it in the same class as human trafficking and other illegal crimes that require international cooperation. Companies that profit from IUU fishing activities never reside in Indonesia. They are located in other countries; therefore, enforcement is often difficult.

It’s amazing how far a country has to go to fight IUU fishing activities.

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Honduras Fishers Experience The Bends due to overfishing

Honduras Lobster Divers Experiencing The Bends

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Honduras fishers are experiencing decompression sickness after diving for lobsters that are now found in deeper waters due to overfishing.

Over 47% of fishers have been affected from the bends as ignore the rules of scuba diving to provide for their families. The fishers dive more than twice a day and ascend faster the than prescribed rate to get back down to collect more lobsters. Many of the divers go back to fishing in the same way because out of necessity to provide for their families in the impoverished Caribbean Nation.

This story stresses the importance of considering ow sustainable fishing can affect the well being of impoverished coastal communities.

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