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5 Mar
2020

Source: Seafood Source A Ghana-based vessel with Chinese ownership is back fishing, without having paid a record USD 1 million (EUR 900,000) fine levied by the Ghanaian government for illegal fishing in that country’s waters. The Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 (AF 756) was arrested for illegal fishing in Ghana’s waters in June 2019. Locally registered company Gyinam […]

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4 Mar
2020

Source: Seafood Source As campaigns against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continue in Africa, at least eight countries have resolved to develop a common strategy to counter the practice. The eight countries, all members of the Southern Africa Development Community – an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana – are drawing up a plan […]

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3 Mar
2020

Source: Mongabay The administration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo has proposed a sweeping slate of deregulation to boost investment, affecting laws on fisheries, maritime affairs, and coastal and small island development. Experts have warned that some of the proposed revisions will hurt small-scale and traditional fishers, who account for much of the country’s fishing fleet. […]

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2 Mar
2020

Source: The Asean Post Relations between the EU and some ASEAN member states have been tense in recent years because of the seafood trade, stemming from the European Commission’s (EC) sanctions related to the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. As Chair of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam hopes to promote cooperation among ASEAN member states and […]

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27 Feb
2020

Source: The University of British Columbia More than eight million to 14 million tonnes of unreported fish catches are traded illicitly every year, costing the legitimate market between $9 billion and $17 billion in trade each year, according to new UBC research. In a paper published in Science Advances, researchers from the Fisheries Economics Research Unit and the Sea […]

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26 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source Aligning countries’ seafood import control schemes would reduce cost burdens for seafood companies while helping prevent illegally caught fish from reaching global markets. A coalition of NGOs is arguing that major seafood importing countries and Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) need to ensure that their import regulations require the collection of 17 […]

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19 Feb
2020

Source: Science Daily Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights abuses, finds a new analysis by a team of environmental researchers. “These fisheries observers risk their lives to watch over industrial fishing activities, and yet […]

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18 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source Belize has formally adopted a law that will expand its marine protected areas establish a national fishing rights system for its small-scale fishermen. The new law was passed by the Senate of Belize on 20 January and formalizes the country’s adoption of an ecosystem-based management approach. The legislation also creates a fisheries […]

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14 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source The U.S. government has allocated USD 8 million (EUR 7.3 million) to fight IUU fishing and bolster the country’s Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) as part of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) that was approved in January. As part of the agreement, funding will go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

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12 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source Several retailers and buyers sourcing seafood from Thailand have called on the Southeast Asian nation to preserve major regulations in the fisheries sector amidst fears that recently-made reforms may be rolled back. In an open letter posted on the website of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) last week, the buyers said they “urge the Royal […]

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