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Issue No:63
  • :0973-1121
  • :November
  • :2012

The Sea Hold

The sea is large.
The sea hold on a leg of land in the Chesapeake hugs an early sunset
and a last morning star over the oyster beds and the late clam boats
of lonely men.
Five white houses on a half-mile strip of land … five white dice
rolled from a tube.

Not so long ago … the sea was large…
And today the sea has lost nothing … it keeps all.

I am a loon about the sea.
I make so many sea songs, I cry so many sea cries, I forget so many
sea songs and sea cries.

I am a loon about the sea.
So are five men I had a fish fry with once in a tar-paper shack
trembling in a sand storm.

The sea knows more about them than they know themselves.
They know only how the sea hugs and will not let go.

The sea is large.
The sea must know more than any of us.

­­—Carl Sandburg

REPORT

Ecological sense.......................................... 4
Ecologically and biologically significant marine
and coastal areas were a key focus at COP11

CAMBODIA

A community future................................... 11
A national consultation sought to develop
guidelines for Cambodia's small-scale fisheries

INTERVIEW

Small-scale but important......................... 20
Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur,
on his report on fisheries and the right to food

MYANMAR

A new beginning......................................... 24
A meet in Myanmar discussed the FAO
guidelines for small-scale fisheries

BANGLADESH

A voice for the coast.................................. 27
A consultation was held in Dhaka on the
proposed FAO IGSSF

INDONESIA

Flying fishermen......................................... 31
The fishermen of Lamalera, Indonesia,
catch whales in a time-honoured tradition

VIETNAM

Small-scale hopes....................................... 34
A workshop on sustainable small-scale
fisheries in Vietnam was held in Hanoi

REVIEW

Tug-of-war................................................... 37
Shifting Undercurrents reveals the
problems of women seaweed harvesters

TIMOR-LESTE

Working together......................................... 39
A collaborative approach to...

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