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Have Sumatran fishing crews found the fabled Island of Gold?

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It was a fabled kingdom known in ancient times as the Island of Gold, a civilisation with untold wealth that explorers tried in vain to find long after its unexplained disappearance from history around the 14th centur...

Unsafe conditions and low pay for migrants on Irish fishing boats exposed

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Racist insults, verbal abuse, long working hours with few breaks and pay below the legal minimum wage are “common workplace experiences” of migrant workers in the Irish fishing sector, says a new study. The report, co...

EU member states to issue joint warning to UK over reduced fishing rights

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Fourteen EU member states are preparing to issue a joint declaration accusing the British government of risking “significant economic and social damage” to their fishing communities, as wider relations appear close to...

Three-quarters of small French boats may be denied fishing in UK waters

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Three-quarters of small French fishing boats could be denied access to British waters under a post-Brexit regime in a move that risks further damaging Anglo-French relations. The UK government had granted only 12 out ...

Call for action to cut climate impact of UK’s ageing fishing fleet

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Half the UK’s fishing fleet is at least 30 years old and uses fuel oil that is particularly polluting, according to a report that examines the outsized impact of British ships on the climate crisis. UK fisheries are e...

Cornwall on a budget: a night in a ‘coffin bunk’ aboard a converted fishing boat

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‘How tall are you?” Toni asked as I slipped off my rucksack and prepared to follow him through a tiny hatch and down a ladder. “Six foot one and a bit,” I said. “Ah. Well, these are called coffin bunks,” he said, ind...

The myth of ‘sustainable’ fishing

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In your recent article regarding the certification of fisheries as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, people will find the label “sustainable” in its wider understood sense to be utterly misleading in this...

UK ‘sacrificing’ fishing sector for offshore windfarms, says industry

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The government has been accused of sacrificing the fishing industry for a second time since Brexit in order to burnish its green credentials with a huge programme for offshore wind turbines. The prime minister, Boris ...

Pakistan detains five Chinese trawlers for alleged illegal fishing

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Pakistan has detained five Chinese trawlers on suspicion of illegal fishing near its strategic port city of Gwadar, as a wave of protests swept across the region led by fishers concerned about losing control of their ...

The mice that roared: how eight tiny countries took on foreign fishing fleets

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It has been described as “the most remarkable achievement of the Pacific island countries in the last 50 years”. In 1982, eight, mostly minuscule Pacific island countries in whose waters much of the world’s skipjack t...

Why the world’s most fertile fishing ground is facing a ‘unique and dire’ threat

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Since long before the steel-hulled fishing boats from foreign countries arrived in the South Pacific its people have had their own systems for sharing the ocean’s catches. In the New Zealand colony of Tokelau, in the ...

End of the line? How Brexit left Hull’s fishing industry facing extinction

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At 4am on 24 April 2019, 25 brass players, two percussionists and a conductor piled into a coach in Hull for a 200-mile drive to London. It was a Wednesday morning and it had been touch and go whether all of them woul...

Hook to plate: how blockchain tech could turn the tide for sustainable fishing

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In recent weeks, a new $50m (£35m) hybrid vessel set sail from Mauritius and headed out into the Southern Ocean where the crew will spend three months longline fishing for the Patagonian toothfish. By the time the fis...

‘Sea snot’ covers Turkish coast, threatening fishing industry

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A thick, brown, bubbly foam dubbed “sea snot” has covered the shores of the Sea of Marmara, alarming residents in Istanbul and threatening marine life. The naturally occurring mucilage was first documented in Turkey i...

Amid the Covid pandemic, Senegal women find renewed hope in fishing

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Since her birth on Senegal’s coast, the ocean has always given Ndeye Yacine Dieng life. Her grandfather was a fisher, and her grandmother and mother processed fish. Like generations of women, she now helps support her...

Net profit: tackle shop sales soar as UK catches fishing bug in lockdown

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Retailers that specialise in fishing tackle are struggling to keep up with demand as thousands of people have taken up angling as a pandemic pastime and a physically distanced way to enjoy the outdoors. The number of ...

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