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Issue No:54
  • :0973–1121
  • :November
  • :2009

The Purse Seine Lately I was looking from a night mountain-top On a wide city, the coloured splendour, galaxies of light: how could I help but recall the seine-net Gathering the luminous fish? I cannot tell you how beautiful the city appeared, and a little terrible. I thought, We have geared the machines and locked all together into interdependence; we have built the great cities; now There is no escape. We have gathered vast populations incapable of free survival, insulated From the strong earth, each person in himself helpless, on all dependent. The circle is closed, and the net Is being hauled in. They hardly feel the cords drawing, yet they shine already. The inevitable mass-disasters Will not come in our time nor in our children’s, but we and our children Must watch the net draw narrower, government take all powers or revolution, and the new government Take more than all, add to kept bodies kept souls—or anarchy, the mass-disasters. — excerpts from a poem by Robinson Jeffers

SCANDINAVIA
Salmon Sans Borders .............................. 4
The Sámi people of Scandinavia have
been fishing for salmon for generations

CANADA
How Deep Are Our Treaties...................... 8
Canada’s Bear River First Nation, a Mi’kmaq
community, displays remarkable resilience

VIETNAM
Remembering the Source......................... 10
On the traditional Vietnamese system
of social and community organization

REVIEW
Not Rigorous Enough................................ 14
A documentary film deals with the crisis
facing artisanal fishermen in Senegal

SPAIN
Contesting Claims .................................... 17
Spain’s traditional fishermen’s organizations
have undergone drastic changes

INDONESIA
This Belongs to Us ................................... 21
The fishers of the Indonesian island village
of Lamalera have an age-old tradition of whaling

FRANCE
In the Balance.......................................... 24
Fishermen’s tribunals in the Mediterranean
offer a viable form of resource management

PANAMA
Fishing for Traditions.............................. 28
The indigenous Kuna people of Panama
have a world-view of interconnectedness

REPORT
Towards Fishing Safely........................... 31
A seminar for the Americas was held on
the ILO Work in Fishing Convention,...

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