Global climate changes "affect world fishing" – Fishupdate.com

Global climate changes “affect world fishing” Published:  11 June, 2008

FISHERIES ministers who attended the XIX Conference on Latin American Fishing Development, held in Lima, Peru this week, have issued an urgent warning over the severe global climate changes that are affecting fishing grounds.

Fisheries ministers from Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela agreed to undergo complete studies on the effects of climate changes on marine species.

An official report issued after the conference states that “it is necessary to seek practical solutions such as strengthening the species’ ability to adapt and resist within their habitat”.

The report also warned against the direct effect of hurricanes and tsunamis on the fishing effort on several species.

The document highlighted the fact that the most vulnerable zones are the coastlines, which are the habitat of important fishing resources, such as Queen conch (Belize) and Virginian scallop (Mexico).

Among the lecturers at the XIX Conference, were representatives of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, the South Pacific Permanent Commission and the Interamerican Tropical Tuna Commission.

Meanwhile, Chile’s National Press Association and the Association of Foreign Correspondents have criticized the “severe restrictions” on press coverage, imposed by the organisers of the 60th International Meeting of the International Whale Commission (IWC).

They also reject the US$ 100 the Commission will charge each journalist in order to allow him/her to enter the conference hall to report.

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