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US commercial fishermen are throwing away
about $1 billion worth of edible fish each year,
according to a conservation group which is
advocating for incentives to stop the waste.
The quantity of so-called bycatch---that is, fish
that wasn't targeted but caught inadvertently---is
estimated by the US government at two billion
pounds a year.
The surprise was the quality of the bycatch
that often is tossed back into the ocean dead or
dying, said marine scientist Amanda Keledjian,
author of the report from Oceana, a nonprofit
international conservation group.
"We're not just throwing away trash fish. We're
throwing away meals," Keledjian said.
Keledjian said fishermen throw away the
unintended catch for several reasons, including
lack of a permit to fish the species, quotas, size
limit laws and the complication of processing an
odd fish back at the dock.
Oceana is calling for economic incentives,
including the possibility of a bycatch tax, to both
bring the bycatch to market to retrieve some
value and to encourage the adoption of improved
gear to avoid bycatch.
The bycatch of unwanted fish or ocean wildlife
was "one of the biggest threats to the health of
ocean ecosystems," Oceana said. (Reuters)
KHARTOUM---A Sudanese Christian woman
whose death sentence for apostasy was over-
turned was ordered freed again yesterday after
being detained on accusations of forging travel
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is waiting for bail to be
posted in order to step out of Khartoum police
station, where she has been detained along with
her husband and two small children, one of her
lawyers, Muhannad Mustafa, said. Two vehicles
with diplomatic plates were seen waiting outside
the police station.
Earlier, Ibrahim s other lawyer Eman Abdul-
Rahman told the AP that she had been released
after foreign diplomats pressed the government
to free her. However, Abdul-Rahman later said
that Ibrahim has been granted release but has
not physically left the police station, adding that
her initial account was based on what Ibrahim
had told her over the phone earlier in the day.
Ibrahim was sentenced to death over charges
of apostasy. As in many Muslim nations, Muslim
women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying
non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry
outside their faith. By law, children must follow
their father s religion.
Amid an international outcry against her death
penalty, Ibrahim was acquitted by Sudan s Court
of Cassation and freed Monday. (AP)
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 likely flew into
the southern Indian Ocean on autopilot with
an unresponsive crew, Australian authorities
said yesterday, divulging new details about what
they believe happened during the missing plane's
The information emerged as officials announced
a southward shift, as expected, in the underwater
search for the Boeing 777, which disappeared
March 8 with 239 people on board.
Searchers have found no trace of the jetliner
or its passengers, making the case probably the
biggest mystery in aviation history and leaving
the families of those on board bereft of answers.
The Australian officials said yesterday they
believe the plane was on autopilot throughout
its journey over the Indian Ocean until it ran out
of fuel. They cited the straight track on which
the aircraft flew, according to electronic "hand-
shakes" it periodically exchanged with satellites.
"It is highly, highly likely that the aircraft was
on autopilot, otherwise it could not have followed
the orderly path that has been identified through
the satellite sightings," Australian Deputy Prime
Minister Warren Truss told reporters in Canberra.
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki
has said that he hopes jets from Russia
and Belarus will turn the tide against
rebels in the coming days.
"God willing within one week this
force will be effective and will destroy
the terrorists dens," he said.
He said that the process of buying
US jets had been "long-winded" and
that the militants advance could have
been avoided if air cover had been in
Isis and its Sunni Muslim allies seized
large parts of Iraq this month.
"I ll be frank and say that we were
deluded when we signed the contract
(with the US)," Maliki said.
"We should have sought to buy other
jet fighters like British, French and Russ-
ian to secure the air cover for our forces;
if we had air cover we would have avert-
ed what had happened," he went on.
He said Iraq was acquiring second-
hand jet fighters from Russia and Belarus
"that should arrive in Iraq in two or
The government has struggled to hold
back the militants advance from the
north and west.
The US, which backs the Iraqi gov-
ernment, has stressed that the militants
can only be defeated by Iraq s own forces.
Iraq has also been receiving support
from Iran, with whom its Shia Muslim
leaders have close links.
Maliki also confirmed that Syrian
forces had carried out air strikes against
Islamist militants at a border crossing
between Iraq and Syria.
He said Iraq had not requested the
strikes but that it "welcomed" them.
"They carry out their strikes and we
carry out ours and the final winners are
our two countries," he said.
Military and rebel sources say the
strike took place inside Iraq, at the Qaim
crossing, although Maliki said it was
carried out on the Syrian side. (BBC)
A US soccer fan pretends that Uruguay's soccer striker Luis Suarez is biting him as he takes a selfie next to an Adidas advertisement
featuring Suarez near Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. FIFA banned Suarez from all football activities for four
months yesterday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament. AP photo
Iraqi PM: Russian
jets will stop rebels
likely on autopilot
'US fishermen throw away $1 billion annually in catch'
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