14 June 2018

Brexit, UK Fisheries, and the Common Fisheries Policy

I am writing a paper for my class in “Globalization and the Market Economy” and was asked to post a blog about my research so far. My topic deals with Brexit and the implications of the fisheries around the UK. As a part of the EU, the UK was subject to the rules set up under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP, introduced in the 1970’s, put limits on the catches of fish to help sustain the populations. In the long run, everyone should also benefit economically because the maximum sustainable yield is seriously taken into consideration.
Before setting the limits, biological data needed to be collected, managed, and analyzed. The Data Collection Framework Regulation was established by the EU in 2000, under a different name, where “the Member States collect, manage and make available a wide range of fisheries data needed for scientific advice” (Fisheries Data Collection web site). The EU site on fisheries states that fishermen self-report their data on catches and releases. Even with new data, the fishing quotas were fixed in 1983, based on a 5-year collection span in the 1970’s, for each member state.
I found out that not only are there limits on what can be caught, but every member state in the EU must have access to the seas. For the UK, this includes between 12 and 200 nautical miles off the UK coastline. This may have had some serious ramifications for traditional fishing communities.
After Brexit was decided, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs of the UK, Michael Gove announced that Britain would exit the CFP. However, as reported by the Guardian, diplomats in Brussels have “agreed that Britain should effectively remain governed by the EU’s common fisheries policy during the transition but should not have a role in deciding the size of catches elsewhere in Europe.”
The London School of Economics claims that the UK is to be blamed more than the EU on the plight of the fishing industry. A graph shows that the number of vessels in UK ports started to decrease before the quota management, so correlation does not equal causation. Every member state has a certain percentage of the total they can catch. Open Democracy pointed out that there’s one Dutch vessel that “holds 23% of English fishing quota” because the vessel is considered English by the UK government.
I have a lot more writing to do for this paper, but I’ve uncovered some fascinating things to build on! I think that the UK fishing industry will still be tied with the rest of the EU with or without the CFP. After Brexit, leaders can make decisions that are not only good for the nation immediately but have some foresight to continue sustainable yields.

“Data Collection Framework.” 2014. GOV.UK. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/data-collection-  framework (accessed June 13, 2018)
"EU to hold Britain to fishing quotas during Brexit transition.” 2018. The Guardian.   https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/11/eu-to-hold-britain-to-fishing-quotas-during-brexit-transition (accessed June 13, 2018)
“Fisheries Data Collection web site.” Joint Research Centre. European Commission. https://datacollection.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ (accessed June 13, 2018)
“Questions & Answers about the state of play on implementing the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and Fishing Opportunities in the EU for 2019.” Food, Farming, fisheries. European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/questions-answers-about-state-play-implementing-common-fisheries-policy-cfp-and-fishing_en (accessed June 13, 2018)
“The EU Common Fisheries Policy has helped, not harmed, UK fisheries.” 2016. Open Democracy.

“The grievances of the fishing industry would be better aimed at the UK government, not the EU.” The London School of Economics. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/55439-2/ (accessed June 14, 2018)

16 April 2017

Good Friday, Easter, and the Resurrection

♫At the cross I bow my knee
Where Your blood was shed for me,
There's no greater love than this.
You have overcome the grave
Your glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now?♫

Resurrection Sunday would not have existed if it weren't for Good Friday. On that day TOTAL darkness descended on the land from noon until 1500 (3pm) that synchronized with Passover. When Christ gave up his spirit, the thick Veil of the Temple- the entrance of the Holy of Holies, which was at least 4 inches thick, 60 feet long and 30 feet high- was torn in two, signifying the end of our barrier to God (Matthew 27:45-54; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45, Thallus: a secular Greco-Roman historian).
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)

12 April 2017

Five Years

Often, we were on different 
Love strengthened 
                  through life’s vicissitudes
Vows were made
    Five years to this day.
                Please excuse my platitude:
                     But oh how the time has flown!
And our family has grown
                  From just me and you
To one, two, and soon
                                 to be three
            Little amalgamations
of you and me.
             Life is quite amazing,
But our lives are hardly ever easy.
                         Yet through thick and thin,
           We determine
                           to ride the undulations together
  Lest we are ripped asunder and pulled under.
              You and I are one with the other
For better or worse.
              I hope and pray
That I help make it
              More better than worse.

See, I’m trying 
                     to make being a good husband and father a priority
While anxiously 
                         struggling to balance all of life’s responsibilities.
         Yearning for a bright future with boundless possibilities.
Please encourage me to make the most of each breath.
               As we continuously discern the paths that lie ahead,
Let us not of the other grow weary.
              I want our marriage to be
More like stellar nucleosynthesis
                     A source of energy that’s endless,
Constantly reinvigorated
                                    with each passing day.
                                                           Love that never fades away.

07 February 2015

Hayek versus Keynes

We've been going back and forth for a century.  Keynes: I want to steer markets.
Hayek: I want them set free.
There's a boom and bust cycle and good reason to fear it.
Hayek: Blame low interest rates.
Kenynes: No...it's the animal spirits.

I've read these books and recommend them!

06 February 2015

War of the Currents

"I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident.... Almost none of my inventions were derived in that manner. They were achieved by having trained myself to be analytical and to endure and tolerate hard work." -Thomas Edison

Though Thomas Edison created the first lightbulb and created direct current electricity, which was used in New York, Nikola Tesla created alternating current which powers the world today.  Tesla worked under Edison, but resigned after Edison wouldn't consider further his AC design.

To the right is an Epic Rap Battles of History: “It’s a shocking real story of a banker and you; And if the people knew you stopped me from making power free, they would curse the con Edison with every utility.”  Those are some Shakespearean words.
To the left is an exerpt from the History Channel about Thomas Edison. 

03 February 2014

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

On Columbus Day I pondered:
Without the Chinese knowledge of gunpowder and guns, the Spanish reconquest, pushing the Moors out of the Iberian peninsula, likely would not have happened.  Thus, their language and the Spanish Empire in the New World would have never spread.  
Ferdinand and Isabella likely wanted to increase the prestige of the liberated Spain, so they accepted Colombus’ demands- 10% of the wealth found and be named Viceroy of the lands conquered....
Without Spain's empire building in the "New World", other countries would not have felt pressure to go, especially if they never heard about the lands west of the great Atlantic Ocean.  Would the United States, originally 13 British colonies, exist as we know it today?  Would Canada, originally British and French colonies as well, exist?  
                History is indeed interesting.

Also, as many are aware, Leif Erikson discovered America 500 years before Christopher Colombus.  Some people say that Bartolom√© de Las Casas, a contemporary of Colombus, would have been a better candidate for a holiday. He is a symbol of justice and human rights in the Americas.

Also I would recommend the book, A People's History of the United States. I read it a few years ago.  Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” In many ways this is true.   Howard Zinn in his book gives a "voice to the voiceless",  but we all have a voice in this post-printing press age.  With the internet, information, and misinformation, can freely flow.  I encourage my readers to study and research to find the answers.  Look into different sides, opposing views if possible.  The truth is not always what it seems, but then again we all have a different perspective.  One shouldn't blatantly disregard official history or education as indoctrination, because it is all perspective.  Just look into the other sides.  Research and question the Why and How.   *Many of my blogs I provide links that are underlined or in a different color. Feel free to start research there.*

27 March 2013

One Year Anniversary

I now believe in love, even though I had lost all hope.
God's providence manifest by sending me you.
One year has come and gone since we said "I do"
We've grown closer even though we've been apart.
My love, my life, my heart, my mind are completely yours! You are completely mine.
We complement each other so well like puzzle pieces forming a picturesque scene.
One complete person are we- husband and wife.

I couldn't wait til April 14th to post this.  I love you so much Olivia!