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To: Litore Lapis who wrote (342)6/17/2006 8:01:22 PM
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Giant Mekong catfish off the hook

A Mekong catfish weighing 293kg was caught last year
Thai fishermen have promised to stop catching the endangered giant Mekong catfish to mark the 60th anniversary of their king's accession to the throne.
Nearly 60 fishermen made the pledge at a ceremony in the northern city of Chiang Khong - one of several events to celebrate the King's long reign.

The men are being paid $500 (£270) for each giant catfish net they surrender.

The creature was put on the World Conservation Union's critically endangered list three years ago.

It was found that numbers of the species had plummeted over a decade.

The giant Mekong catfish can grow to around 3m in length and weigh up to 300kg.

"This is a great commitment from fishermen," Chiang Khong senator Tuenjai Deetes told the Associated Press news agency.

"Every fisherman will stop fishing giant catfish forever."

Conservationists said the ban was a first step towards saving the catfish, but warned that more needed to be done to ensure their survival.

A Mekong catfish weighing 293kg was netted last year, believed to be one of the largest freshwater fish ever caught.

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To: Litore Lapis who wrote (343)6/18/2006 2:38:00 AM
From: ~digs
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one would think that the reward offered for each catfish surrendered tends to compromise the fishermen's pledge...

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To: ~digs who wrote (344)6/18/2006 2:42:41 AM
From: Litore Lapis
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They have surrendered the nets they catch the fish with.

Just another reason to save the worlds fish.

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To: Litore Lapis who wrote (345)6/18/2006 2:44:48 AM
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yeah okay i misread the article , thx

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To: Litore Lapis who wrote (345)6/18/2006 2:49:26 AM
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any thoughts on this company?

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To: ~digs who wrote (347)6/18/2006 3:14:29 AM
From: Litore Lapis
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I haven't even thought of fish as a financial investment.

However, there is abundant evidence that this fast disappearing commodity is most valuable to us.

Here is a handy site...

It's a sector definitely worth some investigation.

With the huge ocean out there it's seems silly just to invest in some daft little polluted fish farms. There should be some big money moved into replenishing the seas (and fresh water varieties).

/edit OTOH Tilapia have been farmed for thousands of years. I expect there will be plenty of business there.

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From: Litore Lapis6/18/2006 8:47:59 PM
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Japan to increase 'scientific' whaling
By Charles Clover, Environment Editor
(Filed: 19/06/2006)

Japan is to allow its whaling fleet to catch more of two endangered species after its efforts to have a temporary ban on commercial whaling lifted were frustrated.

Tokyo confirmed that it will increase its catch in the Southern Ocean this year to 935 minke and 10 fin whales.

The Japanese fleet will kill another 40 fin and 50 humpbacks - species listed as endangered by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) - in the following two years under a loophole that permits "scientific" whaling. Humpbacks have an estimated population of 10,000 in the Southern Ocean.

The British whaling commissioner, Richard Cowan, said Britain would protest over the decision but added that under the UN's whaling treaty Japan had the right to kill whales for scientific purposes.

"They say it's necessary for stock assessment but we believe they could find out all they need to know by non-lethal means," he said.

"They have stocks of whale meat coming out of their ears and we understand they are putting it into pet food because they can't sell it for anything else."

Japan's decision came after it suffered a string of defeats at the 70-member IWC's annual meeting over the weekend in the Caribbean state of St Kitts and Nevis. Pro-whaling countries lost their third vote in a row on Saturday, due to China and South Korea's refusal to support a proposal to allow fishermen in Taiji, a coastal community in south-east Japan, to hunt minke whales.

In a stinging defeat for Tokyo, the proposal, which needed a three-quarter quorum to pass, failed by one vote to win even a simple majority. Four countries that were expected to side with Japan - China, South Korea, the Solomon Islands, and Kiribati - unexpectedly abstained.

The Japanese had hoped for more support from small countries in the Pacific and Caribbean with no whaling interests but a need for development aid.

Joji Morishita, of the Japanese delegation, said before the vote: "We are glad this is not a secret vote. Japan will remember which countries supported this proposal and which countries said no."

The five-day meeting ends tomorrow.

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From: ~digs8/11/2006 5:15:57 PM
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NYC Professor Promotes Urban Fish Farm

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From: Litore Lapis10/18/2006 2:28:47 AM
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Scientists call for 'total cod ban'

Cod fishing must be banned to prevent the species from dying out in the North Sea, it is reported.

Scientists say a complete ban must be introduced throughout next year as other measures have failed, according to The Times.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, the official committee of European fisheries experts, will tell the Government on Friday that stocks of cod in the seas around the UK are still very depleted.

This is despite a European Union recovery plan for cod adopted in 2004 which limited catches and the amount of time boats can spend at sea, the committee will say.

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From: ~digs3/28/2007 3:31:38 AM
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Study Urges Catch Share Fishing Programs

Mar 28, 12:03 AM (ET) ; By ANDREW MIGA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting strict fishing limits and giving fishermen flexibility in how they divide their catch are key steps to rebuilding depleted fish stocks and saving embattled fishing communities, according to a study by an environmental group.

So-called catch share programs that allocate a percentage of the overall catch to fishermen create economic incentives while promoting healthy marine fisheries, concluded a report being released Wednesday by Environmental Defense, an environmental advocacy group.

Under catch share plans, fishermen are allowed to buy and sell shares of a fishery's total catch.

"That's the missing puzzle piece here," said David Festa, oceans program director at Environmental Defense. "When you drop that little gear into this complex mechanism, all of a sudden the watch starts to tick smoothly."

But catch-share plans, also known as limited access privileges or quotas, have generated controversy in areas such as New England where some fishermen fear the shares of smaller boats would be bought up by big corporations bent on monopolizing the region's centuries-old industry.

Some critics also see it as privatization of a public resource.

"It's supposed to be a national resource that belongs to everyone," said Jim Kendall, a New Bedford, Mass., seafood industry consultant. "What about the people who are excluded from the fishery? How do you treat people fairly? Who decides?"

If a fishery is well-managed, the value of shares owned by fishermen should increase as science-based conservation measures take hold and the fishery rebounds, Festa said. That would give fishermen a stronger interest in making sure stocks aren't depleted, he added.

Fishermen already operate under a complex system of federal regulations as government regulators wrestle with overfishing and collapsing fisheries. The 14-month, $1.2 million study focused on 10 fisheries in the United States and Canada that use catch-share programs. Environmental Defense said it was the largest such study since Congress lifted its moratorium on catch-share programs five years ago.

The report comes more than two months after President Bush signed into law a major bill that overhauled management of marine fisheries and boosted protections of dwindling stocks. The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act supports catch-share programs, said Festa.


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