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On World Ocean Day, fishermen and their supporters oppose MPAs favoured by environmental NGOs June 11,2021   |  Source: Collectif Pêche & Développement |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

On 8 June 2021 -- World Ocean Day -- organizations of fishermen and their supporters, including the Collectif Pêche & Développement in Lorient, France, rallied to declare their opposition to the unilateral and exclusionary policies that favour the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) designed to declare 30 per cent of the world's oceans as complete reserves closed to so-called "industrial" fishing.

Industrial fishing is defined as fishing involving motorised vessels that are over 12 m long and 6 m wide, with a capacity of over 50 kg catch/voyage, and that require substantial sums for their construction, maintenance and operation, and are mostly sold commercially, including all fishing using trawling gears that are dragged or towed across the seafloor or through the water column, and fishing using purse seines and large longlines.

Pointing to the disregard for fishermen's experiences, knowledge and commitments, the Collectif Pêche & Développement asserts that to embark on a path of authoritarian and technocratic ocean management is to call into question the culture, knowledge and life of fishermen without taking into account the reality of their practices and commitments.

“If we look at the recent history of the fight for the environment not only in

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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