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Issue No:63
  • :0973-1121
  • :November
  • :2012
  • :English

The Sea Hold

The sea is large.
The sea hold on a leg of land in the Chesapeake hugs an early sunset
and a last morning star over the oyster beds and the late clam boats
of lonely men.
Five white houses on a half-mile strip of land … five white dice
rolled from a tube.

Not so long ago … the sea was large…
And today the sea has lost nothing … it keeps all.

I am a loon about the sea.
I make so many sea songs, I cry so many sea cries, I forget so many
sea songs and sea cries.

I am a loon about the sea.
So are five men I had a fish fry with once in a tar-paper shack
trembling in a sand storm.

The sea knows more about them than they know themselves.
They know only how the sea hugs and will not let go.

The sea is large.
The sea must know more than any of us.

­­—Carl Sandburg


Bangladesh / SSF

A Voice for the Coast

A countrywide consultation was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on the proposed FAO International Guidelines on Small-scale Fisheries


This report is by Md. Mujibul Haque Munir (, Assistant Director-Food Security and Education Advocacy, COAST Trust, Bangladesh


A national consultation process on the International Guidelines for Small-scale Fisheries (IGSSF) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was recently organized in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST) organized the consultation to gather recommendations from stakeholders on the proposed guidelines. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) provided financial support, while the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) rendered various resource services.

The consultation was the first of its kind to be held in Bangladesh. National-level programmes on fisheries, especially on small-scale fisheries, with the participation of members of the fisher community, are rare. There are few effective local or national platforms that fishers can use to raise their voices, which is why the Dhaka consultation process was taken as an opportunity to highlight the...



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