US navy shoots up a “threatening” fishing boat off UAE coast

USNS Rappahannock

An Indian fisherman was killed and three people were wounded when a US navy ship fired at their boat off Dubai in the southern Gulf, a United Arab Emirates official said.

“The firing has led to the death of one Indian national and serious injury of three Indian nationals,” Tarek al-Hedan…told the official WAM news agency…

Lieutenant Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the US navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said that sailors aboard the USNS Rappahannock opened fire on the boat after it ignored warnings…”US ships have an inherent right to self defence against potential threats…

The Rappahannock – with a crew of 81 civilians and three military officers – was headed into the UAE port of Jebel Ali when the small motor boat came within 8km of it, the navy said.

Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the boat after it docked following the incident at a small Dubai port used by fishermen and sailors. The boat was removed from the port shortly afterward.

Rescue workers were seen carrying one person in a body bag off the white-hulled boat and placing it in an ambulance as fishermen looked on…

Gangsters always think someone’s out to get them. Shoot first and ask questions later is an honored dicho in American history. Even when it leads to dead civilians.

Take a look at this map and decide for yourself which nations look like the aggressors in the region. The various icons denote US military bases – and those belonging to their most loyal flunkies.

Israeli navy kills Gaza fisherman – Anyone notice any symbolism?

Everything is an assault craft to the Israeli Navy

A Palestinian fisherman has been shot dead by the Israeli navy off the Gaza Strip.

“Fisherman Mohammed Bakr died by a bullet by the Israeli navy today in the sea north of the Gaza Strip,” Adham Abu Selmiya, heading the Palestinian territory’s medical services, said on Friday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the fisherman was in restricted waters “heading towards Israel”…

Hundreds marched in the funeral for the 20-year-old fisherman in Beit Lahiya, shooting in the air and chanting slogans.

Israeli navy vessels enforcing a naval blockade on the Palestinian territory regularly fire at Palestinian fishermen to prevent them from venturing more than a few kilometres from shore.

Cossacks think it’s great fun to use the serfs for target practice.

Seems to me I recall a legend about a fisher of men being killed in the same region by imperial overlords.

Fish will still be on the menu in 2048 – if we live up to new standards

Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission

There was a time when the leading marine scientists Boris Worm and Ray Hilborn were sworn enemies.

Each looked at the ocean in very different ways and when Dr Worm published a paper three years ago predicting the collapse of all fish stocks around the world by 2048, Professor Hilborn hit the roof. The way he saw it, the fish were doing fine.

Science is supposed to be cold, impartial and evidence based, but the two had come to different conclusions. Professor Hilborn was concerned with measuring the size and populations of individual species of fish to determine how many could be safely harvested by fishermen. Dr Worm, meanwhile, looked at things from the perspective of the entire ecosystem — including all the different types of fish, invertebrate and plant life. Where Professor Hilborn saw a workable fishery, Dr Worm saw looming crisis…

After meeting face to face, when brought together to air their differences in the studio of a National Public Radio show, they decided to collaborate. The result, the Rebuilding Global Fisheries study, published in the journal Science, is being hailed as a landmark work by experts around the world.

This paper marks a historical turning point,” Dr Worm told The Times. “We’ve been fishing for 10,000 years, but we’ve never been able to proactively manage it. The environment has always defined what fish we catch. What we’ve done is establish beyond doubt the ecosystem consequences of fishing, and what works to reduce those impacts.”

For two years the two scientists and 19 co-authors gathered data from the world’s fishing grounds to establish a consensus on the situation, and what should be done about it.

“The picture is much more optimistic,” said Professor Hilborn. “We’ve found that some areas have never been overfished, while others are well within their limits. There is an increasing fraction that are being overexploited, but the key thing is to understand and address the causes of that trend…”

Catching fewer fish is not an attractive option for many fishermen, for whom it means less income. Persuading them to accept cuts in return for greater gains in the future is a key challenge. “Yet, it remains our only option for ensuring fisheries and marine ecosystems against further depletion and collapse,” Dr Worm said.

I grew up subsistence fishing with my family. If we didn’t catch fish – we didn’t have that chunk of protein 5 or 6 days a week. Whatever was running – for months at a time – that’s what we ate.

That was a time before we needed to know about managing fish stocks. We learned about pollution and what disasters thoughtless industries could visit upon a sport and business – and the young environmental movements in the 60’s and 70’s won a great deal of that battle. At least until the days of Reagan.

This is a tale that’s better than cautionary because it’s about scientists who work at saving their part of the world through scientific methods instead of political crap and ideology. One can only hope the workers of this trade – fisherfolk – all adopt the lessons learned.