The contrast could barely have been more striking: fully 85 percent of stocks of fish and seafood in European waters are currently below healthy levels - yet, if managed to recover, fisheries could harvest 57 percent or five million tons more on a sustainable basis!
The seaside is changing along the southern Atlantic coast of South Africa between Saldanha Bay and Lambert's Bay, places that are situated a short northward drive from Cape Town. Tourism replaces fishery. Both economic activities are depending on a healthy coastal sea and sustainable use of this coastal resource system.
To go fishing or to learn at school? In the past, the reply to this question for young boys in fishing villages was straight forward: fo go fishing! But today, in the face of overexploitation of the ocean, the old and wise men promote going to school in order to open more chances to the kids.
For the third consecutive year, the cultural and theatre association "Talataay-Nder" of Yarakh invited people from Hann neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Dakar, to participate in the theater festival and celebrate the local culture. A great success !
They did it again! YOUMARES 7 was yet another successful networking conference for young marine researchers. This time convening in the University of Hamburg the organising team managed to draw in lots of volunteering and to create its creative brand atmosphere. Mundus maris organised a well-attended panel discussion about how to achieve low impact fisheries.
The Festival of the Future in Berlin mobilised the who is who in environmental protection and sustainable economy in Germany, because the German Environment Ministry celebrated its 30th anniversary. Mundus maris was there.
Frederico Füllgraf, Santiago de Chile, for Mundus maris
With its 4,000 kilometers of coastline, Chile is, ahead of Japan, the sixth largest fishing industry in the world, but the world's third largest producer of farmed salmon. The industrially guided salmon farming is concentrated on the coast of Chilean Patagonia with an area of 19,893 hectares of marine concessions from the state and annual sales of 2.0 billion Euros. Ever since 2008, salmon farming in Chile is, however, in the crossfire of criticism.