Buru Island fishermen given prestigious certificate for sustainable fishing

first_imgEditor’s note: This article has been updated. Topics : Nine fishermen’s associations made up of 123 fishers at a fishery on Buru Island, Maluku, have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) with the ecolabel, which indicates that the associations’ catch meet the international best practices for sustainable fishing.With the award, they become the first handline yellowfin tuna fishery in the world, and the second recipient in Indonesia, to be certified with the MSC standard.“We’re extremely proud seeing the first Indonesian handline yellowfin tuna fishery meet the highest standard for sustainability. Indonesia is committed to supporting its small-scale fishers and sustainable tuna fisheries, and this MSC certification sets an example for other small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and around the world,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said as quoted by an MSC press release.The recognition also marks another step toward sustainable fishing ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, with small-scale fishermen as the backbone of such efforts.Small-scale fishers make up around 90 percent of fishermen in Indonesia, according to Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry data in 2015. There are 572,270 fishing boats in the country, 506,720 of which are boats smaller than 5 gross tons (GT), while 43,696 are between 5 and 10 GT, 17,121 between 10 and 30 GT and 4,734 are big boats over 30 GT.The award was the result of ongoing efforts initiated in 2012 by North America’s leading sushi-quality tuna company Anova, local processor Harta Samudra and the Indonesian Fisheries and Community Foundation (MDPI), which focuses on sustainable fisheries. They assisted Buru Island fishermen in getting Fair Trade certification in 2014 and forming Fair Trade Fishing associations, paving the way for the fishermen to attain the MSC certificate.“This is a beautiful stop on the journey toward sustainable fisheries, one that we believe in deeply, and one for which there is still a lot of hard work ahead,” MDPI executive director Yasmine Simbolon said in a statement on May 13.MDPI fisheries policy advisor Saut Tampubolon said the MSC certificate would allow Buru Island fishers to expand to a broader international market, including all of Europe, the United States and Russia, among other countries.In the past, Buru Island fishers said they would only sell their fish in their own village or neighboring villages for lower prices and struggled to search for markets that would buy their catch.Fisher Yusran Tomia said the MSC represented a beacon of hope for his family. “The most important thing that my family felt from [receiving the MSC certificate] is that there’s a big hope now with the broader market access, so no longer will we doubt where our fish is sold,” he said.Around 600 yellowfin tuna fishers under the MDPI’s guidance in six provinces, including Maluku, are currently practicing handline fishing, and fishermen in at least three of the provinces have managed to export their fish to the US under the MDPI’s Fair Trade USA partnership.Fish processing firm PT Harta Samudra director Robert Tjoanda said the fish they received from fishers, including those of Buru Island, were sent to countries like the US, Vietnam, Australia and Japan. The firm partnered with the MDPI in 2013 to improve fisheries for small-scale handline fishers in eastern Indonesia.Indonesia was not alone in celebrating the award. “We congratulate Indonesia Handline Yellowfin tuna fishery and their partners for becoming MSC certified. They are demonstrating true leadership in sustainable fishing,” MSC Asia-Pacific director Patrick Caleo said in a press release.However, Patrick said that, in order to maintain the certification, the Buru Island fishery would need to work with other fishing organizations and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission on important management measures to safeguard yellowfin tuna stocks.last_img read more

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Four couples in search of more space fight over Brisbane bungalow

first_img Sneak peek into travel king’s controversial mansion Four couples set their eye on 5 School Rd, Hendra.After almost eight weeks of being forced to live, and even work, in close proximity, four Brisbane couples last week decided enough was enough.Fed up with being confined to their inner-city apartments they decided it was time to buy a house and turned their attention to a little Californian bungalow in Hendra. The house attracted the attention of four seperate couples.For each of them the property at 5 School Road in Brisbane’s leafy northside suburb was the perfect entry level home. For some of them it offered affordability, coupled with enough space to save their relationship. None of the couples had seen the property prior to COVID and some had not even consideredentering the property market before putting an offer in on the home. Amy Jamieson and her partner Ryan bought 5 School Rd, Hendra, during COVID-19 to give each other some more space, after renting for yearsAfter a fierce battle it was Amy Jamieson and her partner Ryan, that secured the house for $855,000 through Ray White New Farm.The couple had been renting a two-bedroom apartment in Bowen Hills and had been looking for a place for about 18 months.“We had never considered Hendra before,” Ms Jamieson said. “We were quite lucky because we ended up buying in an area in which we didn’t think we could afford to live,” she said. The house offers the couple, who have been renting an apartment, more space.While the couple have been working during the pandemic, Ms Jamieson said she could see how the restrictions would be putting a strain on relationships.“When we had to work from home, being in an apartment Ryan would be in the kitchen and I was 2m away in the lounge and I felt I had to be quiet and not make a noise because he had to make phone calls. It can really test people’s patience levels.”With their house having four bedrooms on a decent-sized block, the couple will have the opportunity to carve out their own space.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoMs Jamieson said, for Ryan, that would probably be the rustic tin shed out the back. The tin shed was one of the biggest attractions of the property for the couple.“The shed was one of the things that first attracted us to the property. Ryan has a car and a motorbike and stuff, so it was definitely a selling point. We had looked at other houses but none of them had a shed, so I think it was what convinced us to inspect the property in the first place.” The property is modest but much more spacious than an apartment.Selling agent Christine Rudolph said this was the perfect time for sellers to list their propeties because there were plenty of eager buyers in the market.“It’s a great time coming out of COVID for sellers to jump in and capitalise on theshortage of quality supply and the optimism we are seeing from buyers,” Ms Rudolph said. MORE: Huge interest in termite-infested housecenter_img How some men have survived lockdown Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: How the property market is tracking01:40last_img read more

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Guyana police killings prompt calls for inquiry

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Guyana police killings prompt calls for inquiry by: – July 20, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Home Affairs and National Security Minister Clement Rohee (L) allegedly instructed Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell (R) to fire at protestorsGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The shooting to death by police of three unarmed protestors in Guyana’s mining town of Linden on Wednesday has prompted widespread calls for a government inquiry into the incident.The three shooting victims were part of a large demonstration protesting a 50 percent increase in electricity rates. Protestors reportedly blocked the Wismar Bridge, which facilitates vehicular traffic to and from the country’s vast and natural resources rich hinterland region. This prompted riot police sent in from Georgetown to fire teargas and rubber bullets. Protestors responded by throwing stones and teargas canisters back at police, who responded with live rounds, killing three and wounding dozens. Calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the shooting, Rickford Burke, president of the New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), said, “These killings are a wanton slaughter of African-Guyanese by Guyana police. The peoples of the Caribbean region must express outrage at these killings and solidarity with the black population in Guyana.”Sharma Solomon, regional chairman of Region Ten – Upper Demerara/Berbice, the geographic and local government administration with jurisdiction over Linden, on Wednesday confirmed that three males have been killed, including Ron Somerset, a Guyana Defense Force officer. Solomon also confirmed several injuries and said many were admitted to hospital. Demerara Waves news service has quoted the chairman as saying the town was “in pandemonium.”Burke said the buck stopped at President Donald Ramotar and Home Affairs and National Security Minister Clement Rohee who allegedly instructed Police Commissioner Leroy Brummell to fire at protestors. He also urged opposition leader Brigadier David Granger to be more assertive, saying, “I hope Mr Granger as leader of the party that is the political representative of the people of Linden will relinquish his non-confrontational posture and adopt political measures to wrest from the government a genuine account of the chain of command and who issued the orders to shoot. He must also understand that his supporters expect him to ensure criminal prosecutions must be a consequence of any inquiry or a term of resolution of this horrific incident.” Late Wednesday night several government buildings were reportedly ablaze, including the offices of the government’s Inland Revenue Department. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds further angered residents with a statement condemning the protest and expressing regret at the disruption of business. He made no reference to the killings nor offered any form of condolences. The police have issued a statement calling for calm and the government on Thursday announced that the military has been called out to patrol the town. Ramotar scheduled an emergency meeting with Granger, who made an emergency visit to Linden on Wednesday night. He visited shooting victims at the McKenzie hospital as well as grieving relatives of those killed. Granger said on Thursday that country’s commissioner of police should immediately be suspended.Meanwhile, Ramotar said he regrets the deaths and injuries caused by the shootings and that authorities will open an investigation once calm is restored to the area. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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