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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

Interview / UN Special Rapporteur

Small-scale but Important

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, answers questions on his report on fisheries and the right to food


Olivier De Schutter (olivier.deschutter@uclouvain.be, srfood@ohchr.org) was appointed the Special Rapporteur on the right to food in May 2008 by the United Nations Human Rights Council


What are the key recommendations of the report?

The report recommends a nuanced approach that addresses the huge threat of overfishing and marine degradation, while taking into account the importance of fish protein and fisheries-based income for many food-insecure communities in developing countries.

In regard to overfishing and the depletion of stocks, the report calls for existing treaties to be applied. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing—the first binding agreement of its kind, adopted in 2009—must be implemented, while taking into account the role of occasional fishing as a safety net in times of crisis for some coastal communities, and recognizing the essential difference between unreported fishing by small-scale fishers and illegal industrial fishing.

Implementation of the Johannesburg Plan...

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