Eddy's Good News: White tailed eagle and hake fisheries

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9 May 2024, 17:05

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Thursday 9th May 2024

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500 years is a hell of a long time. To put it into perspective, that's the amount of time since Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano became the first European to see the island of Manhattan. In the U.K. we had just stopped trading slaves. We were at war with France. And that’s the last time White-tailed eagles were seen nesting and breeding in Belgium, that is until now! 

They’re not an endangered bird, but it’s a sign of a fantastic comeback from a raptor that had been heavily depopulated across most of Western Europe.

One chick has hatched at a nature reserve in West Flanders to a pair called Paul and Betty, and a second chick is expected soon.

While parts of Norway, Russia, and Germany will find this bird, also known as the sea eagle or grey sea eagle, a joyous yet not uncommon sight, it’s at best a rare Christmas time passerby in Belgium.

The local government are so keen to protect Paul and Betty from egg collectors, they’ve set up an perimeter around the nest where intruders are threatened with a fine of up to half a million euros. That should do it.

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org

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Last week we looked at how conservation measures were working across the world and here’s another great one to add to the list. 

After decades of overfishing in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, hake fisheries off the coast of Spain are now as large as ever thanks to targeted conservation measures put in place by marine biologists. Creating protected breeding areas, enforcing tight catch limits based on robust science and making the mesh of fishing nets bigger so that young hake can escape to breed, all contributed to this recovery.

Experts say these same methods can be employed with other important saltwater fish to turn their numbers around. Any chef worth their salted cod knows that hake is a huge part of Galicia’s economy and gastronomy.

But in the eighties, indiscriminate fishing practices were causing catch numbers to plummet, threatening the species, the marine food ecosystem, fishermen’s livelihoods, and part of the much admired cuisine of the region.

Now everyone's a winner. 

The fish, the fishermen who catch them sustainably and the restaurants who serve ‘merluza a la gallega’ - delicious Galician hake.

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org