By Dialogo August 10, 2009 Warming waters, overfishing, the use of unsuitable nets, and poaching are threatening the fishing industry in Central America, where around 100,000 families earn their living from this activity, an official said in Panama City. The principal fishing activities in the region are the tuna, shrimp, and lobster industries, but there is also massive participation by small fishermen, said the Fishing and Aquaculture Director of the System of Central American Integration (SICA), Mario González. “The fishing sector at the level of Central America as a whole produces around 1.5 billion dollars a year,” González said, noting nevertheless that this sector may lose its advantages due to the threats it is facing. One of the greatest threats “is warming waters” due to climate change, since the fish “have to migrate and in some cases die,” González indicated in a press conference in Panama City. Other threats are overfishing, the use of unsuitable nets, the abandonment of nets at sea, and illegal fishing, he added. Fishing has always been an economically and socially important activity in the Central American countries due to the number of jobs and the amount of foreign currency that it generates, González said. “In some countries agriculture is declining, and fishing becomes attractive as an alternative,” he indicated. With a 3.5-million-dollar contribution from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, SICA will carry out a study to obtain detailed information on the situation of the fishing sector in the region, especially with regard to small fishermen, the official said.
Health authorities have placed the Darussalam Blokagung Banyuwangi Islamic Boarding School in East Java under quarantine after nearly 100 students test positive for COVID-19.The provincial COVID-19 task force confirmed that 539 students in the boarding school had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday, according to kompas.tv. Testing was done after authorities found that 99 students had the disease.During the quarantine, all student activities will be suspended. Police and military personnel were also dispatched to put up checkpoints on all roads leading to the school. Local authorities have opened a public kitchen to feed the students during the quarantine.“The Banyuwangi administration is providing foodstuffs, while personnel from the Banyuwangi Disaster Mitigation Agency [BPBD] and the emergency response unit [Tagana] will cook in the kitchen,” Banyuwangi 0825 Military District (Kodim) Commander Lt. Col. Yuli Eko Purwanto said on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: COVID-19: How the second largest province became Indonesia’s epicenterStudents who tested positive for COVID-19 were put in isolation and separated from other students.Banyuwangi Health Agency head Widji Lestariono said his team had prepared an area in the school to treat the students.He added that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had rapidly increased over the weekend.“Most are students. Nevertheless, we have been treating patients for some time. We hope comprehensive efforts from all parties can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading further in the school,” Widji said. (dpk)Topics :