Month: January 2020

28 Jan
2020

Source: The New Scientist Birds carrying radar sensors have been used to spy on fishing boats, revealing a quarter of vessels in the Indian Ocean are operating illegally. Globally, illegal fishing is estimated to cost £17.6 billion a year, but satellite monitoring can be costly, sometimes slow and can miss boats. An international team decided to […]

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27 Jan
2020

Source: The Maritime Executive Last year, the vessel Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 was caught in Ghanaian waters with illegal nets and undersized ‘small pelagic’ fish on board – the staple catch of local canoe fishers. The $1 million fine originally imposed is the statutory minimum under Ghanaian law. However, the owners have refused to pay. This […]

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24 Jan
2020

Source: Jakarta Globe The Indonesian government has decided to extend the service of anti-illegal fishing task force Satgas 115 following an evaluation by related ministries and state agencies. The task force was established in October 2105 based on a presidential decree number 115, from which the name was taken. It was initially led by then […]

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24 Jan
2020

Source: Maritime Executive As China’s distant-water fishing fleet has grown considerably over the past 20 years, so too has the challenge of overseeing its operations. While the majority of distant-water vessels do not break the law, the remoteness of their operations nonetheless enables IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated) fishing to persist, robbing coastal nations of resources […]

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23 Jan
2020

Source: Undercurrent News Another vessel charged with overfishing in Ghanaian waters has refused to pay the resulting fine, representing a systemic problem for the country’s government, according to the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). According to the NGO, the Chinese vessel Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 was caught in Ghanaian waters with illegal nets and undersized […]

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17 Jan
2020

Source: Seafood Source In 2017, two South Korean vessels were caught fishing illegally and violating conservation measures in the region governed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, but were not sanctioned and instead were allowed to sell their fish on the international market. The incident brought rebukes from other countries, including […]

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15 Jan
2020

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices are widespread in many fisheries worldwide. These illicit activities exacerbate pressure on overfished oceans, pose a threat to biodiversity, cause economic losses to communities dependent on healthy fish populations and contravene international fisheries legislation. In response, some countries, trade blocs and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) have developed […]

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9 Jan
2020

Source: Undercurrent News Differences in global import control and catch documentation schemes allow illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing operators to exploit loopholes, and result in a lack of clarity and additional bureaucratic burden for industry, a group of NGOs has warned in a new report. Successfully tracing a seafood product through all relevant stages […]

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8 Jan
2020

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is prolific in many fisheries worldwide. As a response, some countries, trade blocs and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) have developed import control and catch documentation schemes to deny market access to products sourced illegally. However, the schemes in existence today differ in how they operate and what information […]

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