Europêche debunks Pauly overfishing claims

Scientists around the world have been quick to criticise an NGO-funded study by Daniel Pauly and others, arguing that it does not tell us anything about the state of fish stocks or about the need for further management. The paper claims that the global catch data, as reported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), is incorrect and it should in fact be lower, citing overfishing as the cause.

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French shift towards ITQs

Following an application by Brittany PO Cobrenord, France’s Competition Authority (Authorité de la Concurrence) has published its opinion that the present system of collective quotas as used in France is inefficient and constitutes a threat to fair competition.

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NFFO slams ray decision as bad government

NFFO President Paul Trebilcock has criticise the decision to add small-eyed ray to the list of prohibited species, commenting that the decision was made at the December Council with no prior warning, no discussion and without anticipating the consequences.

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FAO studies Nile fishing communities

A 4000 kilometre trek across the Sudanese desert has been completed by Paula Anton and Lori Curtis of FAO Fisheries as they took part in a survey of 18 fishing villages along the River Nile during a 17-day trip through six states.

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