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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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Illegal conch shell trade

Nautilus and Conch Shells Part of Huge Illegal Trade

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Elephant tusks and rhino horns dominate the headlines when it comes to illegal products being sold on the black market. I understand why this happens as they are iconic species; however, there are many other illegal animals being sold where enforcement is lacking.

An article in National Geographic discusses the illegal sales of Conch and Nautilus shells (along with other shells) that are not in the up and up. The shells were not picked up on along the shore where it was already empty. Many of the shells were taken from the Ocean with live animals in them. The poachers kill the animals in the shells, pour acid in the shell, which cleans out the shell or any remains and sell it at markets and in decorative stores.

The people who buy the shells do not make the connection that there were animals in the shells or they do not understand their important functionality in the Ocean habitats in which they live.

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