Monthly Archive: August 2016

Who gains from Euro-African fishing agreements?

A report issued by the European Court of Auditors on separate fishing agreements concluded between the EC and Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Seychelles revealed that the ratio of the total cost paid by the EC compared to the value of catches differs significantly in each country. The report showed that Senegal and Morocco received the most compensation from the EC while Mozambique received the least.
Who benefits more from the fisheries agreements concluded between the European Community (EC) and the coastal countries of Africa? Some indications are provided in the latest report of the European Court of Auditors, which sheds light on the situation in five African countries: Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Seychelles.


The first conclusion which can be drawn is that the ratio of the total cost paid by the EC compared to the value of the catches varies considerably from one country to another. Why?

Investment helps upgrade fleet, promote Russia’s Arctic fishery

JSC Sevryba of Russia, Orskov Christensen Skibsvaerft A/S of Denmark and Royal Greenland A/S of Greenland have entered into two joint ventures to help upgrade Russia’s fleet and market its catch. The first joint venture, Sevryba International Ltd., seeks to modernize JSC Sevryba’s 240-ship fleet by adding four new trawlers. The second joint venture, Royal Ryba A/S, aims to share Royal Greenland’s knowledge in production, quality control and sales of Russian products.
Two joint ventures between Russia’s JSC Sevryba, Denmark’s Orskov Christensen Skibsvaerft A/S and Greenland’s Royal Greenland A/S are modernizing Russia’s northern fishing fleet based in Murmansk and developing sales and marketing for the fleet’s catch.


All three companies have joined in one of the joint ventures, Sevryba International Ltd., which plans to upgrade JSC Sevryba’s 240-ship fleet with modern vessels by the year 2000. Additional funding is being sought from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the 10 (Investment Fund for Eastern Europe), the Skibskreditfonden (Danish ship credit fund) and other Danish investors.

Don’t mess with bluegills: serious tactics and gear that make panfishing more fun than ever

One of the best places to fish for bluegills is in shallow areas in April or May, during the spawn. The appropriate tackle includes an ultra-ultra-light spin rod and a limp 2- to 4-pound test line. The use of grubs, mini-worms, spinners, spoons, fake bugs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits is described.
Serious tactics and gear that make panfishing more fun than ever.

Look for elephant tracks in the water,” I was told many years ago. As a fishing-struck kid, I ached to catch some of the big bluegills that were said to be on their spawning beds in a nearby lake, but I was a little vague on the procedure. “Round,” my advisor explained, describing an oval with his hands. Another sage (probably 40, 41 years old, I’d now guess), gave me an additional tip: “Lots of times, you can smell ’em. Bluegill beds smell a lot like fresh-cut watermelon.”


I still love that kind of angling folklore, which, however dubious, was and is a lot more fun than the charts-and-graphs data of the present age. And I do remember the first time I clearly identified an actual bluegill bed: ovoid, concave, a white roundness bright against the furry-green bottom. Was that watermelon I smelled? Using a spinning rod and a trio of split-shot for weight, I cast a bright red sponge-fly with white rubber legs past the bed and jigged it in. The fly became suddenly visible over the bed’s whiteness. A dark form flashed in and attacked, and I was into the first good bedded-bluegill of my life.