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Like Batman and Superman, the fishermen of Kerala are the real ‘superheroes of the flood’

The police asked the parishes to summon boats and crew. The government offered reparations to the fishermen for loss of earnings but they politely refused: “We do not want to be paid for saving our brothers and sisters”. Almost 3 thousand fishermen rescued more than 65 thousand people. >click to read<12:23

La. shrimp industry representatives welcome Trump tariffs, Other U.S. seafood interests oppose

Louisiana shrimp industry representatives welcomed the Trump administration’s announcement today that it will impose tariffs on Chinese seafood imports. Members of the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force, meeting in Houma, said they are considering a push for similar 10 percent tariffs on other top countries that send shrimp to the U.S., including India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Shrimpers in Terrebonne, Lafourche and across the U.S. coast have long complained that a wave of cheaper, mostly farm-raised imports has made it difficult for domestic shrimp fishermen to compete. About 90 percent of shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported. >click to read<09:01

Shooting won’t stop us: Tamil Nadu fishermen

At the break of dawn on March 05, 2017, as the rest of world was sleeping, Charles and four other fishermen fired up the engine of their trawler and left for fishing from Pamban Island, Rameswaram, India. Charles and his fellow fishermen were waiting for hours after setting the net in the middle of the sea near Danushkodi. Later, Charles pulled the net into the trawler and checked what was collected, but it was empty. The fishermen were anxious as they did not want to return empty-handed. One of the fishermen suggested to sail a little far and see whether they would be able to get a good catch. Charles and the others have already heard of stories of local fishermen being arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they tried to reach,,, click here to continue reading the article 19:36

Home after 6 months detention, fishermen recall ordeal in Gulf – For six months, Indian fisherman S. George lived in fear on a boat, thinking he would never see his wife and children again. Click here to read the story 20:40

Helping US Shrimpers, New Trump order might hit India’s shrimp exports

The $5.5-billion Indian seafoodexport market might face new restrictions in America. The new Donald Trump government, in an executive order, is set to enforce countervailing duties strictly on countries held to be dumping goods. America is the major importer of Indian seafood, with a share of 28.5 per cent in 2015-16, for 153,695 tonnes worth $1.3 billion. Frozen shrimp is the principal item of export to the US, with a share of 94 per cent in value terms. Another executive order directs their department of commerce and the Office of the US Trade representative to examine every form of trade abuse and non-reciprocal practice that contribute to the US’ large and persistent trade deficit, largest of any major nation in 2016 at $500 billion. Within 90 days, both these agencies are to give a comprehensive report to the President on the causes. “The US is the only country which is imposing an anti-dumping duty on Indian shrimp, to give level playing to its producers. click to continue reading the story 19:30

“Operation Icebreaker” – Chinese authorities bust huge seafood smuggling ring

Frozen fish and crustaceans from Canada, India, Norway and Thailand were seized by Huangpu Customs in the southern port city of Guangzhou. But 21 “seafood smuggling cells” were targeted across the country and 31 people arrested in cities like Zhanjiang (a key shrimp trading hub), Tianjin and Beijing. Noticeably the latest crackdown features imported salmon and cod but also shrimp and crab. And crucially, the authorities have specifically pointed to mislabeling of species with sablefish and salmon stamped as containing lower-end species like mackerel and Atlantic cod – many of which are imported tax-free by processors for re-export. Read the rest here 15:04

Shrimp subsidies in five nations undercutting U.S. prices, importers must pay bonds up to nearly 63 percent to offset – US Commerce

“It’s a good day. It means that a substantial percentage of the shrimp imported into this country will face some level of at least temporary tariff until such time as the final determine is made about the amount, if any,” said David Veal, executive director of a group representing shrimp processors in the five Gulf of Mexico states, Georgia and North Carolina. continued

‘India has science, business interests in the Arctic’

Besides scientific interests, India also has business interests related to mineral resources, fisheries and shorter sea routes in the planet’s far north, Nayak said. “Once the Arctic is free from ice, fisheries will naturally emerge as a major resource. We will have other things like it could open up for shipping. So we also need to understand how situation would change from ice to ocean and its impact,” he said. continued   whoo boy!

The Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI) has asked the U.S. government financial support of special duties to offset unfair trade advantage

 The Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI) has asked the U.S. government financial support, through the application of special duties, to compensate for subsidized shrimp imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia,  Thailand and Vietnam. “These duties are needed to offset the unfair trade advantage currently held by these countries,” the Coalition wrote. Read More

CARL SAFINA and BRETT JENKS – How to Catch Fish and Save Fisheries – TURF. Another recipe for Catch Shares and Closures!

These guys are just to smart. Silver bullet? Buckshot?  If I had a rocket launcher ……..

This will help to understand the mindset. Scientists Confirm That Reality is an Illusion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qngieHWZXcM&feature=related

TURF reserves are not a silver bullet. They might, however, be the silver buckshot. With nearly one billion people reliant on the ocean for their primary source of protein, stakes are high. If the most fish-dependent nations adopted widespread networks of TURF Reserve, they can potentially create enough fish recovery to feed hundreds of millions of people. That’s a big if, however. The solution is not to fix a small number of fisheries. We need thousands of TURF reserves in dozens of countries just to get the ball rolling. Ultimately, we need a commitment of governments, foundations, NGOs and the private sector to forge a major investment in near shore fisheries in the developing tropics. The coastal communities themselves must unfurl the ocean’s silver lining.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/opinion/how-to-catch-fish-and-save-fisheries.html?_r=3&

Carl Safina is founding president of the Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University, where he is an adjunct professor in marine sciences. Brett Jenks is the president and chief executive of Rare, a global conservation organization based in Arlington, Virginia.