For a different way of looking at fisheries management….

I have written before about the shortcomings of the “blame it all on fishing” underpinnings of our management system (See Overfished or depleted? at Israeli fisheries consultant Menakhem Ben-Yami has recently published two articles on this subject, A word of warning: West – not always the best (at and How to manage fisheries without replicating Western follies (at, in Infofish International. Infofish, originally created by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in 1981, “since 1987, it is an Intergovernmental Organization providing marketing information and technical advisory services to the fishery industry of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond from its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Fourteen countries are currently members of INFOFISH which are Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Thailand” (from the Infofish Iternational website at

For another perspective on how fisheries should be managed I strongly recommend both articles.

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