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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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