Month: January 2016


Source & Author: Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana and WWF

Today, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana and WWF welcomed a new European Commission requirement that all EU fishing vessels, and foreign vessels fishing in EU waters, need to have unique vessel numbers from construction to disposal. The move will affect up to 8,205 European vessels. The change is a key reform that helps close a decades-old loophole that allows fishing vessels around the world to evade scrutiny, fueling illegal fishing. Continue reading NGOs welcome EU move to fight illegal fishing through vessel numbering scheme


Source: House of the Ocean
Author: Mercedes Rosello

A few locals in Phuket gave me their views on the fishing vessel lockdown, in place following the moratorium imposed by the Ministry of Fisheries. This and other measures that the Thai fishing industry has had to implement have been largely prompted by an official warning by the European Union issued to Thailand on the 21st of April 2015. The warning or ‘yellow card’ was issued on multiple, and serious, grounds involving a number of failures in the exercise of public authority by Thailand, in its capacity as flag State as well as coastal State. Continue reading IUU fishing in Thailand: a view from the port of Phuket


Source & Author: Pew Charitable Trust

Mauritius has ratified the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), the international treaty designed to prevent illegally caught fish from entering the market through legitimate fishing ports. An island nation in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius joins Seychelles, Gabon, Mozambique, and Somalia to become the fifth African nation to sign on to the agreement. More are expected to join the PSMA in the coming months. Continue reading Mauritius Signs International Treaty to Protect Ports From Illegally Caught Fish