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Source & Author: EJF

In recent years, Spain has taken significant steps to ensure its nationals are effectively sanctioned for involvement in IUU fishing activities. Following another set of fines against companies and individuals announced last week, we assess what may be learnt from the Spanish approach.

Continue reading Learning lessons from Spain’s experience of prosecuting nationals for involvement in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing


Author: Grant Humphries of Black Bawks Data Science

The European Commission is currently developing an IT system to improve implementation of the catch certificate scheme which is a cornerstone of EU legislation aimed at barring illegal seafood imports. Here, IT expert Grant Humphries of Black Bawks Data Science describes how a relatively straightforward algorithm can be developed to assist officials in identifying potentially suspect consignments. Continue reading Combatting illegal fishing with computer algorithms: a model for IT-based risk assessment to support implementation of the EU IUU Regulation


Source & Author: Greenpeace

Freetown, 20 April 2017 – Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch.

Continue reading Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days