Beginnings in Atlético “I didn’t start playing, but I continued my work, always with his mouth closed and doing what he asked me to do. “Opportunity“When the opportunity arose to play, I did my best and thereafter I gained his trust. Simeone began to see me with different eyes. Mi way of working was decisive, always with my mouth shut, even when I was 30 years old and being on the bench I always had my mouth shut and I worked hard knowing that my opportunity would come. “ Terms“I think it makes things easier to stay focused. I am in good condition and I have played great games and I want to keep doing it. “Season with Atlético “We have played great games and we have been growing. Things are not as we want them but as they are. It’s time to focus on coming back strong and maintaining the high level. “Coronavirus“The new scenario for the coronavirus is complicated, since it has been a very radical change just after our match against Liverpool. YouWe saw to stay at home and then we started to take care of ourselves. It is a boring period, but we are waiting for normalization. PI think a lot about families who have lost their relatives. This is the most complicated and terrible pandemic that surprised everyone“Home departures“For my part, I only buy what I need, I think about helping others. People went crazy and forgot about people next door buying in bulk“Future“Nor we will never forget, but from the second or third game our lives will continue“ The season started as the central quarter of Cholo, ahead were Giménez and Savic, starters, and Hermoso, the first alternative. Felipe had only played one minute in Atlético’s first five games in 2019-20. But everything changed on the fifth day of the League, the match in Balaídos. Felipe was a starter for the first time and nobody managed to get him out of eleven anymore. Eight months later, he is the great signing of the season, the undisputed head of the defense, who now tells in an interview with Goal how he managed to gain Cholo’s trust, as well as how he is living the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
MELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has praised West Indies’ fightback but believes it will take a “monumental effort” in order to avoid defeat to Australia in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Windies ended the third day yesterday trailing by 459 runs after being dismissed for 271 in response to the Aussies’ mammoth first-innings total of 551 for three declared. Batting a second time, Australia reached 179 for three at the close to pile even more pressure on the Windies. “From a team point of view, I was happy with the fight that we showed,” said Brathwaite, who is playing in his debut Test. BOUNCING BACK “Ultimately, the game is still very, very far out of our hands, and it will take a monumental effort to bring ourselves back into the game, even in trying to draw it or win it, but that’s a challenge we’ll look at tomorrow.” Brathwaite played a key role in the Windies’ resistance on yesterday’s third day, stroking a positive 59 in a 90-run seventh-wicket stand with left-hander Darren Bravo, who top-scored with 81. The partnership hauled the Caribbean side around from a precarious position of 91 for six at the start. Bizarrely, Brathwaite was given two lives – on 13 and on 50 – after fast bowler James Pattinson dismissed him twice with front-foot no-balls. “Personally, I was a bit fortunate … and I am just happy I could contribute to a fighting day’s performance,” the 27-year-old told reporters. “And I hope that the fans in the West Indies can get to put a smile back on their faces so they can realise we’re not just here for being here sake, and we actually want to compete and do well.” West Indies produced a horror showing in the Hobart first Test to lose by an innings and 212 runs and also struggled on the first two days of the current encounter, allowing Australia to pile up in excess of 500 for the second straight game. HIGH SPIRITS However, Brathwaite said that despite the poor results on tour, the Windies team spirit remained high and players were continuing to work hard behind the scenes. “I think the team spirit is there. Fortunately for me, I see it day in day out, the way we train … the way we operate off the field,” the Barbadian pointed out. “When performances aren’t going well, it is difficult to see energy and how hard guys work, and I don’t think the wider public is seeing the effort we put in, which is unfortunate,” he said. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA 1st innings 551-3 decl WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 91 for six) K Brathwaite c Burns b Lyon 17 R Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 25 DM Bravo c Smith b Pattinson 81 M Samuels lbw b Pattinson 0 J Blackwood c & b Lyon 28 +D Ramdin c Burns b Siddle 0 *J Holder b Siddle 0 C Brathwaite c and b Lyon 59 K Roach lbw b Pattinson 22 J Taylor c wkp Nevill b Lyon 15 JA Warrican not out 11 Extras: (b5, lb3, nb5) 13 Total: (all out; 100.3 overs) 271 Fall of wickets: 1-35 (K Brathwaite), 2-50 (Chandrika), 3-50 (Samuels), 4-82 (Blackwood,), 5-83 (Ramdin), 6-83 (Holder), 7-173 (C Brathwaite), 8-215 (Roach), 9-239 (Taylor), 10-271 (Bravo). Bowling: Hazlewood 21-6-49-0, Pattinson 22.3-1-72-4 (nb4), Lyon 29-8-66-4, Siddle 18-3-40-2 (nb1), Marsh 7-4-15-0, Smith 3-0-21-0. AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings J Burns c K Brathwaite b Holder 4 D Warner c Holder b C Brathwaite 17 U Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Holder 56 *S Smith not out 70 M Marsh not out 18 Extras: (lb7, w2, nb5) 14 Total: (3 wkts, 32 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Burns), 2-46 (Warner), 3-123 (Khawaja) Bowling: Taylor 3-0-24-0, Holder 11-1-49-2 (nb1), C Brathwaite 6-1-30-1 (w1), Roach 4-0-22-0, Warrican 8-0-47-0. Position: Australia lead by 459 runs. Toss: West Indies.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is without question Jamaica’s most accomplished female athlete. Whether or not it is accepted or appreciated by those who are employed to structure and steer her career and, by natural extension, her life, she is a model of outwardly displayed decency, dignity and decorum. Breaking into the golden limelight of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing event, amid thoughts of ‘too inexperienced’, she thrashed the critics who contributed to that limiting sentiment. Her remarkable feats in the ensuing years are etched in the pages of sporting history, indisputably and indelibly stamping her as the greatest of her gender in her time. At the Rio Olympics of 2016, the pint-sized warrior was faced with a task of world record-breaking proportions. Taking a third 100m win was going to be unprecedented for any gender. That so, as Usain Bolt’s similar crowning, would still be a day away. However, there existed a major hurdle. A lingering toe injury, which limited her to a single individual event, stood in her path to additional awe-inspiring achievement. The bronze medal she successfully engineered came with the burdensome baggage of excruciating pain as she traversed the agony of the preliminary rounds. The winner and new sprint queen was her MVP teammate, the new girl on the Jamaican frontier, Elaine Thompson. The manner in which the visibly hurting Wolmer’s Girls’ School graduate offered post-race support to her successor at the top revealed another character trait. It spoke to an inner confidence in circumstances where a less-than-worthy assessment of self would have been understandable. The ‘Shelly’ on show was down, but clearly, not out. It was tantamount to a shout of ‘I’ll be back!’ Then came what was described in a section of the press as the ‘Shelly Shocker’. Jamaica’s elite female sprinter was parting company with the MVP Track Club. It was the coaching and technical guidance venue that she had graced for her entire professional career, lasting in the vicinity of nine years. Toe injury Sifting the responses, inadequate and unacceptable handling of her toe injury by the club’s management team appeared as the most likely cause. Foster’s Fairplay has commented on the likelihood of a reverse move. Was it conceivable that the MVP could stomach what would be a body blow to its well-established mantra? After all, has there ever been a case where an athlete taking or being shown the exit door has been allowed a 180-degree turn? The stage for an amelioration of sorts was set in a television programme covering the Rio Olympics. The MVP President, Bruce James, who displays a particular interest in Fraser-Pryce, was invited by fellow panellists to address the then just-announced cleavage in the club’s ranks. With the actual recording of his response unavailable, inference can still be adduced or at least attempted. The highly respected track and field analyst was plunged into a mode which suggested ‘no separation can be confirmed without my input’. These are the words of Foster’s Fairplay and not the man himself. As a matter of fact, the interpretation of his manner included a ‘wait until I speak to her and I will put the matter in true perspective’. For this columnist to cite him as saying, in a summation of his expressed thoughts, ‘I exercise significant influence over her decisions’, which, to emphasise, he did not, it would merely be a misquote and not a misrepresentation of his perceived position. His overall attitude indicated surprise on hearing the news of the intended departure of the sprinting empress, followed by paternal concern, and to cap it all, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll fix it’. With all that ‘in charge of things’ display, it was not a shock when news filtered across the sporting landscape that the athlete had lit the proverbial candle and was singing her way home. Foster’s Fairplay has tried to confirm with James. What came back was a little more than nothing. The level of secrecy surrounding her present condition after surgery and a time frame to resume preparation for the upcoming season was alarming. It was certainly not what the lovers of the sport and Fraser-Pryce herself deserved for their career-long adoration and support. The MVP must do better. – Email: email@example.com
The match however was overshadowed by violence before, during and after the game, when Brazilian fans used fireworks to attack the team hotel where Independiente were staying.Further violence flared during the second leg at the Maracana Stadium, with fighting inside and outside of the iconic venue.Independiente are the most successful side in Libertadores history, with seven titles, although they have not lifted the prestigious club competition since 1984.Another eye-catching Brazil-Argentina clash in the group stage will see Buenos Aires side River Plate, the three-time champions who won the tournament in 2015 face Flamengo in Group Four.Argentina’s Independiente players celebrate with the 2017 Sudamericana Cup trophy, at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, on December 13, 2017 © AFP/File / Carl DE SOUZAGroup Five meanwhile will see Brazil’s Cruzeiro take on Argentina’s Racing Club.Three-time Brazilian winners Santos also face Argentinian opposition in Group, where their opponents include four-time Libertadores champions Estudiantes.Group Eight promises another clash of heavyweights with Argentina’s six-time winners Boca Juniors facing 1999 Libertadores champions Palmeiras.Defending champions Gremio of Brazil meanwhile will be favourites to progress from Group One, where their opponents include Paraguay’s Cerro Porteño, Defensor Sporting of Uruguay and Venezuela’s Monagas.The opening preliminary round matches take place on January 22 with the final to be played over two legs on November 7 and 28.Draw:First roundMatch 1 – Montevideo Wanderers (URU) v Olimpia (PAR)Match 2 – Deportivo Macará (ECU) v Deportivo Táchica VEN)Match 3 – Oriente Petrolero (BOL) v Universitario (PER)Second roundC1 – Winner match 2 v Independiente Santa Fe (COL) C2 – Chapecoense (BRA) v Nacional (URU)C3 – Winner match 3 v Jorge Wilstermann (BOL)C4 – Carabobo (VEN) v Guaraní (PAR)C5 – Winner match 1 v Junior (COL)C6 – Chile qualifier (tbc) v Vasco Da Gama (BRA)C7 – Banfield (ARG) v Independiente del Valle (ECU)C8 – Santiago Wanderers (CHI) v Melgar (PER)Third roundMatch 1 – C1 v C8Match 2 – C2 v C7Match 3 – C3 v C6Match 4 – C4 v C5Group phaseGroup 1Gremio (BRA)Cerro Porteño (PAR)Defensor Sporting (URU)Monagas (VEN)Group 2Atlético Nacional (COL)Bolívar (BOL)Colo Colo (CHI)Delfín Sporting (ECU)Group 3Peñarol (URU)Libertad (PAR)The Strongest (BOL)Atlético Tucumán (ARG)Group 4River Plate (ARG)Emelec (ECU)Flamengo (BRA)(Winner Match 1 C1 v C8)Group 5Cruzeiro (BRA)Universidad de Chile (CHI)Racing Club (ARG)(Winner Match 3 C3 v C6)Group 6Santos (BRA)Estudiantes (ARG)Real Garcilaso (PER)(Winner Match 2 C2 v C7)Group 7Corinthians (BRA)Independiente (ARG)Millonarios (COL)Deportivo Lara (VEN)Group 8Boca Juniors (ARG)Palmeiras (BRA)Alianza Lima (PER)(Winner Match 4 C4 v C5)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Conmebol competitions director Hugo Figueredo (C) holds a paper with the name of Ecuador’s club Independiente del Valle during the Copa Libertadores 2018 draw, at the Conmebol headquarters in Luque, Paraguay, on December 20, 2017 © AFP / NORBERTO DUARTELUQUE, Paraguay, Dec 21 – Argentinian giants Independiente will face another test against Brazilian opposition after being drawn against Sao Paulo side Corinthians in the group stage of the 2018 Copa Libertadores here Wednesday.Independiente sealed their place in the Libertadores draw last week after lifting the Copa Sudamericana following a 3-2 aggregate victory over Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro.
0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos won the Euro 2012 final with Spain in KievMADRID, Spain, Nov 23 – Real Madrid denied on Friday allegations their captain Sergio Ramos breached anti-doping regulations on the night of the 2017 Champions League final. According to the German magazine Der Spiegel Ramos failed to declare he had taken dexamethasone ahead of the match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, in which Real beat Juventus 4-1. In a statement the European champions said that Ramos “has never breached the anti-doping control regulations” and that UEFA “closed the matter immediately”, following the “verification of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and UEFA itself”.The club continued: “Regarding the rest of the content from the aforementioned publication, the club will not pronounce on evidence that is so insubstantial.”Dexamethasone is a glucocorticoid on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The substance can have anti-inflammatory effects and increase concentration.WADA does not prohibit players taking dexamethasone before games, as long as it is declared during a doping test. Der Spiegel claims Ramos and the Real Madrid team doctor instead registered betamethasone, another glucocorticoid on WADA´s banned list.However the magazine also reports that UEFA were satisfied the mistake was an administrative error and took no disciplinary action.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Irish athletics team were in action in Herkalion, Crete over last weekend and returned their best finish ever at The European Cup League – 6th from 12 teams.It was a most exciting two days of intense competition added to immensely by top performances from the top local athlete medical student at UCD Mark English and the three Finn Valley athletes selected Dempsey Mc Guigan, hammer, Tori Pena, pole vault no stranger to this competition and newcomer – and Megan Tice,high jump.Mark battled through a busy 800 which had 12 starters – it was difficult and it came down to a rush between himself and a Turkish athlete having to give way but with 11 points for 2nd team, leader Patsy McGonagle was happy indeed. He was more than impressed by Mark’s 400m finish on 4 x 4 an unofficial 44,87 split, the squad 3rd in this particular event which incidentally has them ranked globally 13th which equates to a qualifying position for upcoming world champs in Beijing should they continue to hold a top 16 team position.Dempsey McGuigan was best of the Irish throwers in 5th, Tori Pena will be dissappointed with 7th but Megan went clear at 1.75 then clear at 1.80 before going very close at 185 on her third attempt to claim 4th and thus has begun an Irish delight for the New York born girl whose connection lies in Gweedore.It’s important that Donegal related athletes continue to gain selection for this prestigious competition, said McGonagle.Megan jumps her way to 4thDONEGAL ATHLETES SHINE AT THE EUROPEAN CUP was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticseuropean cupmark englishpatsy mcgonagle
Buncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 26th JulyCONGRATULATIONS to Sam Doherty Roe, Jack O Loughlin and Donal Og Mc Laughlin on winning an All-Ireland medal in the U21C Hurling Final on Sunday. Maith Thu a BuachailliSummer SessionsOn August 15th the Club will be holding a “Summer Session” to which all members and especially Parents are invited. Music, Dancing and Food will be available. This is a perfect opportunity to meet and greet all our Parents and Members (Only €10 including food) UnderageIts Finals Galore for our younger footballers over the last 2 weeks.U14 Championship.The u14 boys had 2 games this week. 1st up was their group championship game away to Robert Emmetts. While the boys were warned it would be a tough game, the boys started with a below standard performance. As a result they came away with a draw in a game they know they should have won. Possibly the lads had their eye on their league final, but they now need to win both championship games this week to progress.U14 all county league final:A few changes were forced onto management in the run up to the game. As a result players were asked to dig deep and play in positions that they weren’t use. This they did with effort and skill being displayed in a tight 1st half which Buncrana lead 1-7 to 1-3. The lads were determined to come home with the title and in the 2nd half they never missed a tackle and our foot passing was at the standard expected to win at this level. Kilcar had moved their dangerman no.14 Eoin Cormaic out into midfield to get ball (and a rest from Evan McCallion) but this ended their attacking threat and the Buncrana boys played some excellent football to win their 2nd trophy of the season. The whole squad played their part and indeed our own no.14 Ryan Hegerty played most of the 2nd half with a dislocated finger…So a big congratulations to the whole squad, Manager Adain Mullholland, coaches Finn Hegarty and William Friel and to our large loud loyal support on the night. U12 Boys FootballU12 Boys A team played a tough Northern Board Final against a strong St Eunans in Burt with them losing by 1 point was a hard pill to swallow but they still have another change when the meet Four Masters in the All-County Semi Final on the 15th August.The Development team on the other hand came out triumphant winner against Eunans B with a win of 4 pointsU10 Boys footballThe whole squad and management were looking forward to being tested by probably some of the best U10’s teams in the county. Each team had to play 6 games and in a league format with the 1vs 2, 3 vs 4 and 5 vs 6.The ‘A’ team were a bit sluggest in their 1st few games but won against Burt and drew with Carn. Next up was Malin and the Buncrana lads had finally got used to the quick match format and won a tight game 6-4. By beating Urris both Muff and Buncrana were unbeaten and agreed not to play their league game but just to play in the Final. Being the last match of the day all teams and players from all clubs watched on to see the outcome. However, the Buncrana lads were now in their stride and got better with each game and although (as results show), Muff were a good team the buncrana boys showed great determination and great skill in winning the match 8-3, with a 4 to 1 2nd half display.The development team had a similar format but found the opposition very strong. They also were getting better with each game and their skills were improving. They were unlucky to lose out in their play-off game against Moville. Well done to Leo and all coaches and parents. Also well done to the Carn Club and the Inishowen board for their hospitality and a well run competition.U8 FootballInishowen Finals Day was held in Malin last week, with our club fielding 3 boys and 1 Girls team. These children put their hearts and soul into all games and left Malin tired but happy children. Big Thanks to the U8 Squad, The Managers Claire Doherty (Girls) and Marty Coyle (Boys) their coaches, and to the loyal parents who are on the sideline giving 100% encouragement.U12 GirlsOur U12 Girls played in the Inishowen league final on a very wet Sunday evening. Unfortunately Malin were the stronger team on the day winning outright 6-5 to 3-1. These girls put up an excellent performance and each player were a credit to their club. Big Thank you to Manager Catriona Sweeney & Claire Mc Carron for all your hard work throughout the year.U12 HurlingBuncrana U12 hurlers played Aodh ruadh on Thursday night which lead them to a convincing win. Buncrana was very lethargic in the first half which there wasn’t many scores. When the boys came out in the second half you would think it was a completely different team. They really dominated from the start by taking some brilliant scores. Well done Next up Carndonagh on Thursday night in the scarvey everyone welcome for support.A Gentle Reminder!The Committee would like to remind all players to pay their weekly€2 training contribution. This has to be paid only once a week, regardless of codes/age groups/gender. It is not a lot to pay and look at how much you get back in return! The money raised goes towards the running costs of the Club and anyone who has questions about this or any other matter is welcome to ask any Committee member or their manager.Summer CampOur Summer Camp will run 10th-14th August for 5 and 6 year old and 17th – 21st August for 6+ cost is €45 which includes a club jersey, shorts and socks if you require any further information please contact the relevant manager or Aidan on 0862762671 Training TimesFootballU14 Tuesdays 7-8.30 and Fridays 4.14-5.45 (new and old players always welcome)U12 Boys Football on Mondays 11am – 1pm Friday evening at 7.00pm in Scarvey.U10 Boys Football Friday’s from 6.30pm & Tuesdays from 11am – 1pm in ScarveyU8 Boys Football Friday’s 6.30pm & Mondays from 7-8pm ScarveyU6 Boys& Girls Friday Evenings from 6.30pm – 7.30pm in The ScarveyU8& U10 Girls Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30 in the ScarveyHurlingU8& U10 Hurling on Sunday’s from 11-12 , Monday’s 11.30am – 1 pm in the ScarveyU12 Hurling on Tuesday 7- 8.30pmU16 Hurling on Wednesday from 6.30pmGirls (U12/14/16) 7-8pm on Monday in the Scarvey.otesClub MerchandiseElizabeth Anne is now taking orders on the first Tuesday of every month. Contact her on 086 0604075GAA NEWS: FINALS GALORE FOR BUNCRANA UNDER-AGE TEAMS was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncrana gaa club notes
Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Manchester United’s crucial Champions League trip to Juventus.The Belgium international was absent from training at Carrington on Tuesday having missed the weekend win over Bournemouth. Lukaku was benched for the clash against Everton having struggled this season 2 2 Although United’s strike force of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial proved to be enough at the Vitality Stadium, Jose Mourinho would have been hoping to call upon Lukaku for the Turin clash.Although he is struggling in front of goal this season, the fact the 25-year-old looks set to play no part on Wednesday evening will be of huge concern to the Red Devils. Romelu Lukaku is not training with the Man United squad at Carrington this morning ahead of game against Juventus tomorrow. Fellaini and Valencia part of the group.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) November 6, 2018“I have to wait until Monday,” said United manager Jose Mourinho on Saturday after Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford struck in Lukaku’s absence at Bournemouth.“He needs these couple of days. It was something in training. We don’t know, a muscle problem, and we have to wait a little bit.” The Belgium international missed training on Tuesday morning Lukaku has endured a difficult start to the season, managing just four goals in 14 appearances so far this term.He was dropped to the substitutes bench by Mourinho for the visit of former club Everton at the end of October, missing a golden chance when he did come on.
Trainer Don Charles insists Ashley Theophane remains on course for a world title shot but needs to make changes – which could mean the Kilburn man spends less time in the United States.Theophane recently lost the British light-welterweight title in a shock points defeat against Darren Hamilton in Liverpool, where a third successful defence would have seen him secure the coveted Londsale belt outright.Charles, who also trains heavyweight Dereck Chisora, believes Theophane did enough to win that contest but his cautious approach did not go down well with the judges.And he puts that approach down to the fact that the 31-year-old has been based largely in New York.“Ashley was already on the verge of world level and he was offered a world title eliminator. Because he’s stubborn, he wanted to win the British title outright,” Charles told West London Sport.“I believe he won the fight by at least two rounds. But Ashley’s body language – he didn’t box like a champion – I think influenced the judges“He needed to put his foot on the pedal at points during that fight and didn’t do that. Over there (in the US) maybe the pace is slower, so he’s inherited bad habits.“I only put the finishing touches. He trains in America and then when he comes here he’s with me for four or five weeks.“We’re actually having a meeting about this. For him to go to the next level, we need to do things a little bit differently.“His attitude and his approach to fights will have to change. He trains like no-one else I know and is so fit, but he needs to change gears during the fight.”See also: Hatton: Theophane deserves world title shotFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa’s fish stocks are recovering, thanks to the vigilance of consumers, the effectiveness of programmes such as SASSI, and the cooperation of the fishing industry. (Image: Janine Erasmus) Thanks to South African consumers, the demand for over-exploited fish stocks is declining.Increasing consumer pressure on seafood retailers to stock sustainably harvested fish and support eco-friendly fishing methods have caused stocks of species such as kingklip to show signs of recovery.The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) was launched six years ago to involve the entire seafood supply chain, including consumers, in creating a sustainable seafood industry.Today this initiative has proven to be a highly successful South African consumer campaign. The ocean has often been viewed as an “infinite resource”, but buy-in from the public is helping to correct this perception.Janine Basson from the Sustainable Fisheries Programme (SFP): Fisher and Consumer Outreach, says the SASSI programme has been so successful to date because consumers feel empowered. Their choices can drive positive change towards the recovery of fish stocks.“Consumers are given the opportunity to make informed choices when choosing which seafood to buy and eat. People want to be part of the solution to overfishing, and SASSI is a tool that allows them to do that,” Basson says.There are other seafood campaigns globally that are doing similar work. However, Basson says the major difference is that other international programmes do not partner with seafood industry players, whereas the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa is partnering with industry. This is a key strength of the programme.Finding solutions togetherA number of programmes are jointly finding solutions to the problem of overfishing and declining fish stocks. The SFP forms part of the WWF Sanlam Living Waters partnership, an initiative to promote marine conservation in South Africa.The SFP works across the seafood supply chain to address ecosystem overexploitation. It contributes to two of the partnership’s targets for the marine sector – firstly, to apply an ecosystem approach to fisheries in South Africa and reduce the impacts of destructive fishing practices to acceptable levels.Its other goal is to restore at least half of over-exploited fish stocks to sustainably managed levels, while still maintaining or improving the state of other stocks.The SFP aims to meet these targets through activities that focus on how fish are caught and traded. The Responsible Fisheries Programme works directly with the fishing industry and resource management and addresses how fish are caught. SASSI focuses on the trading aspect, which involves retailers, restaurants, chefs and consumers.Consumers are asking the right questionsDr Samantha Petersen, project manager of the SFP, said in a statement that consumers must continue asking restaurants and retailers if they serve or sell sustainably harvested fish and seafood.Some fishing and seafood farming methods pose more harm to the environment than others. For instance, Basson says, line- or pole-caught methods are relatively selective and don’t kill unintended species such as seabirds and sharks.Although some forms of seafood farming can reduce pressure on overexploited wild stocks, this is only the case if wild fish don’t have to be fed to farmed fish, or if the production method doesn’t further degrade the environment.Consumers must not hesitate to ask in-depth questions about seafood and find out what they are buying or eating, where it comes from and how it was caught. Research indicates that positive changes at sea have predominantly resulted from consumer queries.“One consumer who asks questions about the sustainability of their seafood is likely to have a bigger influence than 100 who simply make a green choice without telling the restaurant or retailer why,” Basson says.Major success has also been achieved with SASSI’s progressive consumer tools. The SASSI Consumer Pocket Guide, originally drafted in 2005, uses a three-level colour classification to rate fish. Green indicates best choice while orange suggests caution and red means the species is illegal or classified as a “no sale species”.Certain species such as tuna were categorised in the green group, but this did not take the fishing method into account. The original red group only included the species that are prohibited from being sold by law.The new and updated SASSI list includes a revision of a number of species included on the original list. The new red group lists unsustainable species along with those that are illegal to sell in South Africa.Basson says the original list excluded important imported and aquaculture species, but the updated version includes a selection of these species.“This was becoming an increasingly pressing need due to the growing South African aquaculture industry,” she says.The pocket-sized version of the SASSI list may be downloaded (PDF, 1.25MB)The SASSI programme’s prominent online presence has also made it easy for consumers to participate. Consumers can obtain the most up-to-date information at any time on the SASSI website, FishMS and mobi site. The FishMS service allows consumers to access the SASSI seafood database from any mobile phone. Consumers can send a text message to the number 079 499 8795 to find out whether a particular species is on the red, orange or green list.According to Petersen the response from wholesalers and retailers to consumer pressure has also been encouraging. A growing number of participants at this end of the value chain are actively involved with the SFP. Quarterly assessments are carried out with each partner to evaluate their seafood procurement process and raise awareness amongst staff.The programme is working with 11 of the biggest seafood suppliers in South Africa (such as Aquatic Foods and Fish On Line), the large retailers (Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Spar) and popular restaurant chains such as John Dory’s and Ocean Basket. Offshore and inshore commercial industry players, such as I&J and Sea Harvest, are also involved.Fish stocks are recoveringPetersen said in a statement that kingklip stocks almost collapsed a few years ago. However, because of consumer pressure many restaurants stopped offering it on the menu and retailers no longer kept it in stock. Catch limits were also introduced and the kingklip spawning site near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape was placed under protection. “I really hope to see kingklip on the green list one day soon.”Basson says that some of South Africa’s linefish species are also showing signs of recovery. For example, red roman, a member of the seabream family, is a popular linefish species that is endemic to Southern Africa. It is a reef-associated species with a relatively narrow distribution from Namibia to the Eastern Cape.She says it is a slow growth species – a 40cm fish could be as old as 40 years. They achieve late sexual maturity and change sex from female to male as they mature. These factors make them highly vulnerable to overfishing.Red roman stocks are in urgent need of rebuilding as they have almost disappeared in some areas such as False Bay on the southern Cape coast.However, she says that there is evidence of recovery within Marine Protected Areas (MPA) along the coast. Research has shown a 90% increase in catches of red roman within the Goukamma MPA. Goukamma is situated on the Garden Route on the Cape South Coast. The exclusion of fishing boats from Goukamma has also been beneficial.“Although much remains to be done to get the red roman stock back to its former glory, this still indicates the tremendous value of MPAs in rebuilding the breeding stock of important over-exploited linefish species,” says Basson.SA consumers are more environment awareConsumers are becoming more aware of issues affecting the environment.“South African consumers are one of the main reasons why SASSI has been so successful and why we have seen some of our fish species recover,” Basson says.Another success story is that of the South African hake trawl fishery. Significant progress has been made in the management of the hake resource, as a result of both Marine Stewardship Council certification and consumer pressure. If consumers continue to ask questions, it will have major positive impacts for the entire seafood industry.