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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 09:46:14 PM EST
The EU's risky move on (un)sustainable fisheries
Pressures on the EU from industrial fishery lobbies to maintain business as usual in the Western Mediterranean may put both fish stocks and small fishermen's livelihoods at risk, while also undermining the economic sustainability of the industry itself, as we reveal in a three-part investigation, the first of which concerns EU mislegislation.
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Some 230,000 tonnes of  Mediterranean seafood are discarded every year (about 18 percent of total catches), including species or sizes of fish unsuitable for the market.

On 10 April, the EU scientific committee on fisheries released a report confirming the negative trends of Mediterranean fish stocks.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 01:00:08 AM EST
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Pacific Sardines at Risk as Their Numbers are Overfished
Pacific sardines, the small, oily fish favored by salmon, baleen whales and toothed whales, have had their population collapsed by 98 percent since 2006, according to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which on Friday formerly declared the West Coast population overfished.
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"I would like to state for the record that the volume of sardines in the local waters from La Jolla to Dana Point has increased dramatically in recent years," [CA charter boat fisherman James] Gardner told the council. "Fish congregate in areas where the condition they like is right and the condition here has improved and the sardine stock is strong."
"overfished"
"That's a word we need changed for many reasons," Smith told Courthouse News. "Sardines are overfished and yet they haven't been fished for four years. We'll step up to the plate and tie our boats to the dock when we have to, but that word tends to take the spotlight off the real issues."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 05:51:44 PM EST
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Uganda: Kenya Urges Tanzania and Uganda to Ban Plastic
Kenya and Rwanda are the only East African Community [EAC] member states that have banned [single use] plastic carrier bags ... Kenya's National Environment Management Authority director general Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said despite the [single use] ban, the regulator still faces challenges in controlling contraband materials.
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High Court Judge Aaron Makau ruled in favour of the Importers and Small Traders Association of Kenya and two others who challenged the ban, arguing that they had invested heavily through acquisition of machinery, raw material and labour, adding that the ban was bound to occasion massive job losses and curtail the economic rights of many Kenyans who rely on the trade of non-woven carrier bags.
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Kenya is also blaming manufacturers for producing very low gauge bags, warning that the single usage of the bags will eventually lead to environmental pollution due to poor disposal coupled with lack of requisite infrastructure to sustainably manage the waste.
EU Plastics Ban: "Doesn't Go Far Enough", (EN) A/V, transcript
Third-country commentary, synergy in market failure after China banned imports

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EU prepares to say adieu to single-use plastics - Euractiv
'upcycling', 'downcycling', recycling waste plastics
PolyMatter1 | Why China Doesn't Want Your Trash Anymore, (EN) A/V, no transcript

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 01:22:34 AM EST
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The NASA Twins Study: A multidimensional analysis of a year-long human spaceflight

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 11:27:09 PM EST
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Half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population, according to new data shared with the Guardian that seeks to penetrate the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded land ownership.

The findings, described as "astonishingly unequal", suggest that about 25,000 landowners - typically members of the aristocracy and corporations - have control of half of the country.



I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Apr 18th, 2019 at 05:52:04 AM EST
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