Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Illegal Fishing Roundup III

INTERPOL is after “the Snake,” a notorious illegal fishing vessel
Worldwide – September 9, 2013 – Smithsonian Magazine INTERPOL has issued its first Purple Notice – an information gathering tool that’s been used previously in pursuit of criminals like illegal loggers or child pornographers – for illegal fishing. INTERPOL is after a rouge fishing vessel called “the Snake.” The Snake is owned by a Panamanian company, but has undergone at least 12 name changes and flown the flags of 8 different States.
Read the Purple Notice
See also: Pirate Vessel Wanted for Illegal Fishing

Coast Guard seizes Mexican lancha with 300 illegal fish
Texas, United States – September 6, 2013 – valleymorningstar.com The Coast Guard seized a vessel and arrested four morning nationals, who were fishing illegally in U.S. waters. The fishermen had 272 red snapper, four mackerel and 21 black-tip shark. The U.S Coast Guard has seized 7 similar vessels since August 1st.

Japan’s Bluefin tuna trading prices fall as Tsukiji buyers pass on excessive, juvenile catches
Japan – September 10, 2013 – seafoodnews.com Populations of Bluefin tuna capable of spawning have been falling since the mid-1990s in the North Pacific Ocean, which includes Japanese coastal waters, and is estimated to be at a record low.

Spain Improves its Control over Illegal Fishing
Spain – September 11, 2013 – thefishsite.com The Secretary General of Fisheries, Carlos Dominguez, has stated that in relation to the fight against illegal fishing, Spain now has better control over fish imports in the European market.

Proposal to Protect Antarctic Waters is Scaled Back
Paris – September 10, 2013 – nytimes.com A joint proposal by the United States and New Zealand to create a huge ocean reserve in Antarctic waters has been sharply reduced after opposition from Russia and other nations with large fishing industries. New Zealand and the U.S. are now proposing an area about 40% smaller.

Illegal fishing rap readied vs official
Philippines – September 8, 2013 – sunstar.com.ph Police in the municipality of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, are reading to file charges against a village official for illegal fishing.

US set to crush $12m ivory seized by agents
United States – September 11, 2013 – bdlive.co.za
The U.S. is going to destroy its six-ton stockpile of elephant ivory, collected over the last 25 years by seizure or being abandoned to U.S. agents, in an effort to combat wildlife trafficking. The government is using the event to publicize the illegal trade that threatens wild elephants, rhino, great apes and other iconic species. Wildlife trafficking has doubled since 2007 and is the fourth-largest transnational crime in the world.

First Chinese merchant ship crosses Arctic route to Rotterdam; spurs north Asian interest in Arctic
China – September 11, 2013 – seafoodnews.com A Chinese merchant vessel is expected to reach Rotterdam on Wednesday. If so, it will be the first Chinese merchant ship to travel to Europe via the Arctic Northeast Passage. The trip is about 2,936 nautical miles and is scheduled to take 30 days.
Update - http://gcaptain.com/port-of-rotterdam-sees-arrival-of-first-ship-via-northern-sea-route/

Indonesia’s Vigo consul urges EU investors to give its tuna industry a second look Spain – September 11, 2013 – undercurrentnews.com Carlos Fernandez, the soon-to-be-appointed Indonesian consul to Vigo, is on a mission to change the widespread perception of Indonesia’s government’s refusal to reign in what has been described as one of the most unruly, disruptive tuna industries. Coverage of the VI Worldwide Tuna Conference is available at undercurrentnews.com 

Hong Kong, World’s Shark Fin Hub, Sees Huge Drop in Infamous Trade
Hong Kong – September 9, 2013 – Time.com Hong Kong, which received roughly half of the world’s shark fin harvest last year, has seen a 30% drop in imports as a long-running environmental campaign begins to bite.
Read more: http://science.time.com/2013/09/09/hong-kong-worlds-shark-fin-hub-sees-huge-drop-in-infamous-trade/#ixzz2ehpsTkza

Italy Seizes ‘Mother Ship’ Smuggling Syrian Refugees
Italy – September 12, 2013 – maritime-executive.com Italian authorities have seized a ‘mother ship’ used to traffic illegal migrants across the Mediterranean, picking up about 200 Syrians fleeing the civil war in their homeland.

Costa Concordia Parbuckling Likely to Begin on Monday
Italy – September 11, 2013 – maritime-executive.com Parbucking on the Costa Concordia is scheduled to begin next week, meaning the ship could be upright for the first time in nearly two years.

Second drugs ship torched
September 11, 2013 – tradewindsnews.com
A general cargo ship crew set fire to their vessel off France as a warship closed in on them during a drugs bust, the second such incident in the Mediterranean in a matter of days. Customs official later confirmed the presence of cannabis on board.

Fisheries: Parliament wants stricter rules to save eels
Europe – September 12, 2013 –europolitics.info The European Parliament stated in a resolution that new legislation is crucial to save the European eel stock which, according to scientific reports, has decreased more than 95% over the last 30 years. MEPs called on the European Commission to present a proposal by March 2014.

Portuguese official says Spanish boats fishing illegally off Savage islands
Portugal – September 11, 2013 – Diario de Noticias The director of Madiera Natural Park has said that Spanish boats had been identified fishing around Savage Islands, territory of Portugal, although nothing had come of it.

Capacity Building a key in counter piracy
United Arab Emirates – September 10, 2013 – khaleejtimes.com UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that improving the capacities of the navies and coast guards of Somalia and its neighbors will not only diminish piracy attacks, but will help the region in facing other challenges, such as illegal fishing.

Sargasso Sea Alliance Honored with Esteemed 2013 International SeaKeepers Award
September 11, 2013 – The Daily Catch
The executive committee of the Sargasso Sea Alliance has been named “2013 International SeaKeepers of the Year” by the International SeaKeepers Society.

Fishing Ranked Australia’s riskiest job
Australia - September 12, 2013 – news.ninemsn.com

Anti-piracy vessels for Mozambique will help South Africa
South Africa – September 10, 2013 – thepost.co.za Mozambique has signed a deal with a French shipyard to buy six patrol and interceptor ships for its navy and a fleet of fishing boats.

Thirteen engaged in illegal fishing arrested
Sri Lanka – September 9, 2013 – dailynews.lk The navy of Sri Lanka arrested 13 persons engaged in illegal fishing activities in two separate raids since September 1st.

Creation of permanent fisheries body pushed as new tuna management regime looms in the Pacific
Philippines – September 6, 2013 – mindanews.com The creation of a permanent body to represent the country in Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) is being called for by government and industry executives in the Philippines.

Ecuador: US duties will cost industry $60 million in losses
Ecuador – September 12, 2013 – intrafish.com Shrimp industry officials from Ecuador say that a new 11.68% countervailing duty on sales to the United States will lead to about $60 million in losses. They are considering taking their complaint to the World Trade Organization.
See also: $177 million hit to Ecuador shrimp producers result of mistake
And see: There is a change the ITC may vote down shrimp tariffs on Sept. 17th (news analysis)

Russia – September 12, 2013 – fis.com">Committee appeals to end Chinese and Korean illegal fishing activities
The State Duma committee on natural resources, nature management and ecology has made an appeal to the Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti, the Federal Security Service (FSB), to end illegal activities of both Korean and Chinese firms in Russian waters.

Japanese fish imports banned amid concerns over radioactivity
South Korea – September 9, 2013 – fis.com Japanese fish imports from eight of its prefectures have been subjected to a new ban by South Korea government out of concerns that they can be contaminated as a result of radioactive water leaks from Fukushima nuclear plant.

From Cat Food to Sushi Counter: The Strange Rise of the Bluefin Tuna
September 11, 2013 – Smithsonian Magazine

Blobfish voted ugliest animal
United Kingdom – September 13, 2015 – fis.com
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