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The Saga of Diego Garcia Continues with:

The PROPEOPDEMREP
Division of Ecological Perplexities Presents:

Nature: Red in Tooth and Claw!
The 2006 Fishery (not Shrubery)

Since 1991, The BIOT has contracted with Marine Resources Assesment Group (MRAG) to "manage" the fishery in the Chagos and on Diego Garcia.  They've got a "Fisheries Patrol" Vessel, the PACIFIC MARLIN, with which they do about two months patroling during the tuna season (December and January) and also about half a year's worth of patroling the "inshore fishery".  They also make money with the PACIFIC MARLIN by fishing themselves.  So they rely on their own reports of the health of the fishery to justify their catch.  Hmmmm... I wonder how that works when it comes to the 'perception' of a conflict of interest?

Anyway, here's their blurb sheet on the state of the fishery in 2006 (which, btw, doesn't jive with reports from the 2006 Scientific Expedition to the islands - see the blurb sheet on sea cucumbers) and also a fact sheet on commercial tuna fishing from the Chagos Conservation Trust.

Please note, the links on the photos below don't work.  To find out more about the MRAG and CCT, you'll need to type the link into your browser.





 

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