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The Importance of a Computer in Fishery

Category : Organization

The Mediterranean, with its large water bodies, provides marine resources and aquaculture. These resources can help people earn a comfortable living, just like any other business. However, sustainable aquaculture and resource conservation must be at the heart of every activity related to marine life. Computers and other technologies work collaboratively to enhance efforts in sustainable aquaculture and resource conservation. They benefit the fisheries industry through technologies such as turtle excluder devices, radio-frequency identification, and autonomous recording units. Computers are also essential for other activities in fisheries that enable greater profitability for those in the fishing industry.

Today, for a business to succeed, it needs good research, good management, and good marketing. To achieve these, one cannot afford to be left behind as the digital wave sweeps through. If you are in fisheries in the Mediterranean, you can get a good computer, install the necessary software and get started. Unlike a computer for artists, a computer to be used in fisheries does not need to be complex.

Analyze Statistics

Fishery is a science, and you need to have all the needed skills to analyze the prevailing market and fish availability statistics. You can do this by having good analysis software and learning all you need to know about fish.

First off, you need to have a good computer and internet connection for research. Gather all the information you need on fish and seasons, as well as the fish market trades and regulations for conserving marine life. This will help you know whether, when, and where you can get a given type of fish. With the necessary knowledge, you are able to channel your resources towards what matters ensuring there are no losses.


With everything going digital, you need to fish your customers online. If your establishment can afford it, get an online marketer to do it for you. Otherwise, you can do the marketing yourself. To do this, one of the things you need is to establish a blog and grow its traffic.

After you have created a good website, link it to your social media sites and engage your audience to keep them coming back. You need to learn more about digital marketing including tools and techniques such as Google Adsense, Google AdWords, Facebook marketing, email marketing and much more. You also need to consider guest blogging which gives you customers from different sites.
Marketing needs money, but with a good computer and online presence, you can cut the cost significantly. You can hire an SEO expert to look at your site for optimization.

Fisheries Software and Applications

You need to get analysis, finance and management applications related to fisheries. These applications can be for mobile devices as well as for a computer. This software will help you start and run your business with great ease to minimize operational costs.

Good software will help you manage your workers and your sales. This also helps you keep your records safe for reference. With a good system, you do not need a lot of workers in your management as you can track the progress of your business from different fronts.

Buy a Good Computer Today

With basic computer skills, you can run your business with great ease. Get a good computer, install the necessary software and get started. Your investment will pay back within a short period as you have more control over your business. Besides, you need to link up with industry experts and play your part by taking advantage of accessible technologies that enable sustainable use of marine resources.

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Homeowners Quick Guide to Selecting Roofers

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A house will never be complete without a roof since it serves as a protection for rain, hail, storms, hurricanes, heat from the sun and so forth. Thus, it is indeed very important to ensure that our roofs are on well condition to protect your beloved family or whoever we are with. I cannot imagine a house soaked in the rain, grounded appliances, wet furniture because I don’t have a good roof to shelter me. It is where now our heroes come into the picture (and I am not talking about Superman or Spiderman.)

Why You Need a Roofer

This is how I would like to call them to give emphasis to them. I believe that their job is indeed important.  Summers are typically hot and humid, fall and spring are always mild, and winter is cold as usual. Snowfall is highly variable, as some winters do consist of light snow while others do consist of major snowstorms, with this in mind I could say that our roofers are very important and vital in maintaining our houses. Our valued roofers are responsible for replacing, repairing, or installing the roofs of our buildings using a variety of materials including bitumen, metal, and shingles. Roofing can be very physical by nature as it involves heavy lifting, as well as bending, kneeling, climbing, frequently in a very hot weather. Although most roofers learn only on the job or experience, some can learn through an apprenticeship program, to get rid of confusion there is no specific educational requirement for roofers, though hiring the certified ones can be a plus sign for assurance of work.


The maintenance of our home, buildings or establishment is indeed important and having our roofers is a great relief against the  unpreventable depreciation of our buildings. We can secure our home if we are responsible enough in checking and maintaining our beautiful homes.  We’ve recently utilized roofing contractors in Oakland to do some regular maintenance work on our property and the peace of mind we get is amazing.  We don’t have to worry about leaky roofs, or squirrels getting into our attic, because we have an expert regular coming by to check things out.

Saving Money in the Long Run

One of the biggest concerns people have about roofers or contractors in general is that they will cost a fortune.  Well considering what it will cost for a full roof replacement, it might not be a bad idea to invest smaller sums into regular maintenance throughout the years.  Ultimately you will end up saving money, versus waiting for disaster to strike or for rain to start seeping into your home.

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Why Hire Debt Settlement Professionals

Debt affects people’s quality of life and can negatively impact their concern for other things such as environmental conservation and what is right and just; as they focus on how to survive. That is why being debt-free or at least reducing it is so important. Debt management is a task that individuals and companies can handle on their own. In fact, the conventional wisdom about debt management is to look at the things you can handle on your own and how far they will take you towards lesser debt before you consider hiring a debt management/settlement company. There however comes a time when the decision to hire professional help has to be made. Here’s some information to help you decide.

Can You Handle The Intricacies Of Debt Settlement?

If you are in so much debt, it may be necessary to get the help of a debt settlement company or lawyer because chances are you can’t pay a large amount of debt and meanwhile, the interest could be increasing. The services of debt settlement professionals would, therefore, be worthy of the fee you will pay them if they can help you become debt-free. Further, negotiating with creditors can be tricky and requires a lot of patience and negotiation skills because the process can be long and painful. Remember too that the creditor is not under obligation to agree to a settlement. If you are not ready or equipped to handle these, better use a company or lawyer.

The company or lawyer is also probably more skilled and experienced at negotiating and understands all the settlement options available. If you are indebted to multiple creditors, the process of negotiating with each of them can be tedious. Professionals also know the rules of the game and what creditors are likely to accept. While debt-for-nature and debt-for-equity strategies available for nations and companies might not be an option for individuals, debt settlement professionals can work out reasonable strategies and offers to make. They can help shield you from harassment from at least some creditors and debt collectors.

What Other Options Are There

Aside from negotiating debt settlement agreements, options such as bankruptcy and debt consolidation financing are also valid options. If you can handle these on your own, then you don’t need to hire debt settlers. However, there are still some complex details involved especially in filing bankruptcy. If you don’t understand the procedure or qualifications of filing for bankruptcy you can easily mess it up and hurt chances of your application being approved. This makes it necessary to hire a debt settlement lawyer. Other services that debt settlement professionals can provide include determining your qualification for tax exception in regards to the debt reduction.

Once you determine whether you really need professional debt settlement services, you need to decide which type of professional you are going to hire; whether an attorney or a regular debt settlement company. Whichever option you settle for, you must remember to take potential candidates for hire through a rigorous selection process because you don’t want to end up paying for a service that won’t be delivered. This Accredited Debt Relief Review (Updated for 2017) provides information on one of the debt settlement companies you can hire based on the commonly used selection criteria.

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Plumbing Problems on Ships

Category : Organization

There are a lot of different problem that can occur on board a ship, the worst being a fire, but also significantly bad is problems with plumbing and sewage on board.  Many might think that a ship won’t have problems with running water, but that is certainly a misunderstanding.  The presence of clean running water and proper sewage and waste management on board is what makes living on a ship for weeks or even months at a time possible.

Importance of Training for Shipmates

One of the issues with ship issues is that you don’t always have an expert on board.  For commercial cruises they always bring a plumber on board, but for a smaller venture it’s just not feasible to bring a dedicated staff member just for something liek that.

24 hour Plumber on a ship

Plumbers on ships are a necessity, so its best to train your shipmates.

Also important to keep in mind is this is not a big city where someone can call 24 hour plumber nyc and have someone rush over.  Once you are out at sea, the shipmates are all you have until you get back to shore, so you need to have all the training necessary to handle any issue that might come up.

Marine Plumbing Supplies

As your staff is trained in the needs of marine plumbing, you’ll now need some supplies to make sure they can handle situations as they come up.  This includes all the smaller items, such as pipes and fittings, pumps and hoses, etc.  These can be found at various plumbing supply shops, online or in person.

Some ideas for having extra supplies of the following:

  • Marine Toilets
  • Holding Tanks
  • Valves
  • Water Heater
  • Ventilation

Having all these supplies, just in case, will go a long way in insuring that your shipmates and yourself won’t face any unnecessary challenges when it comes to plumbing onboard your fishing vessel.

Emergency Stores of Food and Water

Let’s be honest, handling human waste is not the biggest deal when traveling on the ocean.  However, what is a big deal is if water sources become compromised.  As the old sailors adage goes, “Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink”, it’s a seaman’s worst nightmare is to be stuck at sea without water to drink.

How this matters with plumbing is that much of the plumbing system is hooked up with the water system.  While the drinking/fresh water and the “grey” water are segragated, any impact on the pipes (like cracking, breaking, freezing, etc) can impact both.  In this case it is crucial to have excess amounts of water on hand for emergencies.

Given all the recent news about cruise ship horror stories, it seems appropriate to try and avoid them on more commercial ventures. Thankfully with a fully trained staff, excess supplies and a positive mental attitude, you likely won’t be needing to worry about your fishing venture.  Just be sure to have all these checks in place before you set sail.

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GFCM Organization and Structure

Category : Organization

The GFCM implements its policy and activities through the Secretariat and operates during the intersessional period by means of the following committees:

  • Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ): established in 1995
  • Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC): established in 1997
  • Compliance Committee (CoC): established in 2006
  • Committee on Administration and Finance (CAF): established in 2009

The Commission also establishes, as appropriate, temporary, special or standing committees to study and report on matters pertaining to the purposes of the Commission and working parties to study and recommend on specific technical issues.

The GFCM also benefits from the support of cooperative projects at sub-regional and regional level.


GFCM Organigram



Commission membership is open to Members of the United Nations, especially coastal States, States whose vessels engage in fishing in the Convention Area as well as to Regional Economic Integration Organizations.

The Commission normally holds its Regular Session on an annual basis and convenes special sessions, as appropriate, at the request or with the approval of the majority of the Members. It seeks to promote the conservation and rational management of living marine resources through, inter alia, drawing up binding measures related to the regulation of fishing methods, fishing gear and minimum landing sizes, together with the establishment of open and closed fishing seasons and areas. It also strives to implement a fishing effort control regime by Operational Units through the regulation of catch and fishing effort and their allocation among Members.

Sessions of the Commission are attended by delegates, their alternates, experts and advisers. Each Member has the right to one vote except in the case of a Regional Economic Integration Organization (REIO) which is entitled to the number of votes equal to the number of its Member States which are also Members of the Commission. Competence and voting power over specific Session issues are indicated by REIOs prior to the Session; REIOs cannot exercise their votes when their Member States exercise theirs and vice versa.


Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Stefano CATAUDELLA Italy May 2011
1st Vice-Chairperson Ms Esra Fatma DENIZCI TOSLAK Turkey May 2013
2nd Vice-Chairperson Mr Philippe FERLIN France May 2011


Title Name e-mail
Executive Secretary Mr Abdellah SROUR
Senior aquaculture officer / CAQ backstopping officer Mr Fabio MASSA
Fishery resources officer / SAC backstopping officer Mr Miguel BERNAL
Legal and institutional officer / CoC backstopping officer Mr Nicola FERRI
Information Management Officer Ms Pilar HERNANDEZ
Data compliance officer Mr Federico DE ROSSI
Scientific editing / translation officer Ms Dominique BOURDENET
Programme associate Ms Claudia ESCUTIA
Programmer / system analyst Mr Roberto EMMA
Office assistant Ms Merieme IHIRI
Administrative clerk Ms Florence DICKENS
Liaison consultant Ms Margherita SESSA
Aquaculture and small-scale fisheries consultant Mr Davide FEZZARDI
Environment consultant Ms Aurora NASTASI

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Mandate

Provide independent advice on the technical and scientific bases for decisions concerning fisheries conservation and management, including biological, social and economic aspects, in particular:

  • assess information provided by Members and relevant fisheries organizations or programmes on catches, fishing efforts, and other data relevant to the conservation and management of fisheries;
  • formulate advice to the Commission on the conservation and management of fisheries;
  • identify cooperative research programmes and coordinate their implementation;
  • undertake such other functions or responsibilities as may be conferred by the Commission.

SAC operates through five subsidiary bodies:

  • Coordination Meeting of the Sub-Committees (CMSC)
  • Sub-Committee on Stock Assessment (SCSA)
  • Sub-Committee on Marine Environment and Ecosystems (SCMEE)
  • Sub-Committee on Statistics and Information (SCSI)
  • Sub-Committee on Economic and Social Sciences (SCESS)


Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Othman JARBOUI Tunisia February 2014
1st Vice-Chairperson Ali Cemal GÜCÜ Turkey February 2014
2nd Vice-Chairperson Ms Capucine MELLON France February 2014


Sub-Committee Name Country Election date e-mail
SCSA Mr Francesco COLLOCA Italy May 2013
SCMEE Mr Federico ALVAREZ PRADO Spain April 2010
SCSI Mr Alaa Eldin EL-HAWEET Egypt May 2013
SCESS Mr Scander BEN SALEM Tunisia May 2013

Committee on Aquaculture (CAQ) Mandate

Monitor trends and promote the sustainable development and responsible management of marine and brackish water aquaculture in the region, and provide independent advice on the technical, socio-economic, legal and environmental bases for common standards, norms and guidelines and decisions for consideration by the Commission, in particular:

  • assess information provided by Members and relevant aquaculture related stakeholders or programmes on production statistics, market data, culture systems, technologies used, farmed species, and maintain related databases, including relevant socio-economic, environmental, biotic and abiotic indicators;
  • promote the formulation of common standards and guidelines on sustainable development and responsible management of aquaculture;
  • identify cooperative research and training programmes and coordinate their implementation;
  • carry out other duties, functions or responsibilities related to aquaculture promotion as be conferred by the Commission.

CAQ operates through five subsidiary bodies:

  • Coordination Meeting of the Working Groups (CMWG)
  • Working Group on Marketing
  • Working Group on Sustainability Indicators
  • Working Group on Siting and Carrying Capacity
  • Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean (SIPAM)


Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Francois RENÈ France February 2011
1st Vice-Chairperson Mr Pablo AVILA Spain February 2011
2nd Vice-Chairperson Mr Houssam HAMZA Tunisia February 2013

Working Group on the Black Sea (WGBS)


Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Coordinator Mr Simion NICOLAEV Romania May 2012
1st Vice-Coordinator Mr Violin RAYKOV Bulgaria May 2012
2nd Vice-Coordinator Mr Ilhan AYDIN
Turkey May 2013

Compliance Committee (COC) Mandate

  • review compliance with conservation and management measures adopted by the Commission and make such recommendations to the Commission as may be necessary to ensure their effectiveness;
  • review the implementation of measures of monitoring, control, surveillance, and enforcement adopted by the Commission as may be necessary to ensure their effectiveness;
  • define, develop and make recommendations to the Commission concerning the phased development and implementation of the GFCM Control and Inspection scheme;
  • monitor, review and analyze information pertaining to the activities of Non-Contracting Parties and their vessels which undermine the objectives of the Agreement including, in particular, IUU fishing, and recommend actions to be taken by the Commission to discourage such activities;
  • perform such other tasks as directed by the Commission.


Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Samir MAJDALANI Lebanon May 2011
1st Vice-Chairperson Mr Josip MARKOVIC Croatia May 2012
2nd Vice-Chairperson Ms Samia LOUNIS ABBOUN Algeria May 2013

Committee of Administration and Finance (CAF)


  • review administrative matters relating to the Executive Secretary and his staff and make appropriate recommendations to the Commission;
  • review compliance with the rules of procedures and financial rules;
  • review the implementation of the budget adopted at the previous session of the Commission and analyse and make recommendations on the draft budget to be adopted at the current session of the Commission; and
  • perform such other administration and financial matters as may be referred to it by the Commission.


Title Name Country Election date e-mail
Chairperson Mr Hachemi MISSAOUI Tunisia May 2011
1st Vice-Chairperson Ms Aleksandar JOKSIMOVIC Montenegro May 2011
2nd Vice-Chairperson Ms Mimoza COBANI Albania May 2013