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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

Timor-Leste / IUU Fishing

Working Together

A collaborative approach to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is under way in Timor-Leste


This article has been written by Crispen Wilson (, Co-management and Livelihoods International Consultant, RFLP, Enrique Alonso (, Technical Adviser, RFLP, Pedro Rodrigues (, National Project Co-ordinator, RFLP, Mario Pereira (, Co-management and Livelihoods National Consultant, RFLP, and Lourenco dos Reis Amaral (, Chief of the General Fisheries Inspection Department, NDFA


Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor, now, officially, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, a sovereign State in Southeast Asia) has established, for the first time, a community-based reporting system on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, aimed at addressing problems of IUU and safety at sea, using recently available consumer technology to engage fishers in a mutually beneficial partnership with State institutions.

IUU fishing has been estimated to produce annual losses of between US$10-23 bn around the world, negatively affecting the environment and livelihoods of many small-scale fishing communities. Most...



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