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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

Right to Food

The recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food reaffirms the crucial role of fisheries in food security


Environmentalism is a dominant theme in debates on fisheries policy, due to the looming crises caused by human impacts on resources and the environment. The report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, presented to the UN General Assembly on 2 November 2012, is, therefore, most welcome (see interview on page 20). In it, he reaffirms the crucial role of fisheries in contributing to food security, particularly for vulnerable populations and food-insecure regions. He examines how the most vulnerable sections can be supported in the progressive realization of the right to food, noting that a human-rights approach is critical for sustainable development in the fisheries sector.

The report is a useful guide on addressing the challenges facing the sector through policy responses grounded in obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food. It recommends that States should respect existing access to adequate food, and abstain from taking measures that result in reducing such access. They should protect the right to food by ensuring that enterprises or individuals, like industrial...

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