NOV. 15, 2016, 7:30 A.M. E.S.T.
BRUSSELS — A marine conservation group says fish catches in overfished European waters — stretching from the Arctic to the Black Sea — could increase by 57 percent if stocks were managed sustainably.
The Oceana environmental group says scientists believe catches of haddock, cod, herring and sardine in the Atlantic could increase by at least 300 percent.
Group spokeswoman Maria Cornax said Tuesday there was “no excuse” not to start fishing sustainably.
Villagers in Pangandaran, Indonesia, pull a fishing net in from the surf. Credit Tim Hayes
Oceana’s research, which it billed as “the most comprehensive overview so far,” was based on 397 stocks compared to around 150 monitored by the European Commission.
Oceana published its findings before next month’s EU meeting to set next year’s fishing limits in the North Sea. Oceana said 85 percent of stocks were now “in an unhealthy state.”
Vietnamese fishing boat Dna 90152 sinking May 2014 after being rammed intentionally by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel
Fishermen in The Philippines Tired of Being Pushed Around By Chinese — 1,000 Kilometers from the Chinese Coast in Philippine Waters — “Where is the document that shows anything here is Chinese property?”
Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing — Chinese fishing ship was already wanted in Argentina for illegal fishing (Also shows examples of how China treats Vietnamese and Filipino fishermen…)
South China Sea: China Rebuked By International Arbitration Court (From July 12, 2016)
South China Sea: China Has Cruise Ships, Resorts Planned — “The South China Sea Is a Major Acquisition for Corporate China; But With Food Security and Energy Reserves” (This article has links to several others related to environmental issues in the South China Sea).
South China Sea: The U.N. Permanent Court of Arbitration effectively demolished China’s claim — If China remains defiant, the fish may disappear from the sea (Has links to many related conservation and environmental articles)
Above Chinese chart shows China’s “Nine Dash Line.” China says it owns all ocean territory north of the Nine Dash Line. There is no international legal precedent for this claim. On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid.
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