Thursday, October 17, 2013

Illegal Fishing Roundup VI

Somalia – October 10, 2013 – Maritime Executive
The dock workers at Mogadishu's port have to carry cargo on their backs to clear berths for the ships waiting out at sea. The dilapidated facility has no functioning cranes and the vessels must use their own gear to unload once they make it in. Yet the port is one of the Somali government's main sources of revenue, despite minimal investment over the years.

South Africa – October 13, 2013 – IOL News
The Naham No 4, flying an Omani flag, has been arrested in South Africa.  The vessel has been charged with seven violations of the Marine Living Resource Act and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission regulations, including: entering the South African exclusive economic zone without a permit, failure to produce a fishing logbook on demand, failure to have original licences and permits on board, failure to produce up-to-date descriptions of the layout of the vessel, failure to produce a certificate from the flag state describing the nature of modifications, and furnishing false or misleading particulars.

Alaska – October 11, 2013 – Alaska Journal
A secretive project aimed at developing “criteria to evaluate seafood sustainability programs” was scheduled to begin with an Oct. 9 working dinner workshop in Atlanta. The project is being managed by “The Sustainability Consortium,” a think tank that describes itself as representing “100+ of the world’s largest organizations,” but appears to be an initiative of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which was a founding member of TSC.

Somalia – October 14, 2013 –
EU Naval Force confirmed that on Friday, 11 October 2013, a fully laden super tanker, known as a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), was fired upon by eight armed men in two ‘skiffs’ 230 miles off the Somali coast.

Peru – October 17, 2013 –
For more than a decade scientists and environmentalists have been warning of a mass slaughter of dolphins around Peru.  Hundreds of fishing boats have been accused of killing the animals and using their fatty bodies as bait to catch sharks.

Guyana – October 11, 2013 –
The government of Guyana issued a statement on Friday saying that the Venezuelan government has intercepted a U.S. operated ship conducting seismic surveys off its coast. The crew of the vessel, which includes five U.S. citizens, has been escorted back to Venezuela for detention.

Belgium – October 9, 2013 – Radio Daljir
The European Union wants to help Somalia establish a coast guard service to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa.

Worldwide – October 16, 2013 – Al Jazeera America
Slavery remains a serious global problem, with 29.6 million people in various states of forced servitude, including sexual exploitation, debt bondage and forced marriage, according to a new report. "Today some people are still being born into hereditary slavery, a staggering but harsh reality, particularly in parts of West Africa and South Asia," the report states.  "Other victims are captured or kidnapped before being sold or kept for exploitation, whether through 'marriage,' unpaid labor on fishing boats, or as domestic workers," the report continues.

South Korea – October 12, 2013 – Global Times
China's foreign ministry Friday demanded that South Korea properly handle a fishery dispute in which 13 Chinese fishermen were detained for alleged illegal fishing in South Korean waters.

Chile – October 15, 2013 –
The National Fisheries Society (Sonapesca) has expressed "surprise and alarm" over the claim made by a nongovernmental organization that ensures that about 24 foreign vessels performed illegal fishing activities in the Chilean sea surrounding Easter Island.

United States – October 17, 2013 –             
The researchers at Trend Micro have exposed some significant vulnerabilities to the security of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), a ship identification system relied upon by mariners, VTS operators, government agencies, and likely enemies to all of the above to identify and track vessels.

Spain – October 18, 2013 –
The head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Miguel Arias Cañete, will ask the European Commission (EC) to consider a reasonable increase in bluefin tuna quotas, taking into account the latest scientific studies.

Washington State – October 15, 2013 –
Investigators say some of Seattle's top seafood restaurants and markets may have unwittingly sold stolen oysters and clams to customers.  Now the shellfish producer charged with trafficking stolen property is preparing to stand trial.

Worldwide – October 17, 2013 –

Africa – October 16, 2013 – The Atlantic
Evidence from the final research vessel to brave the treacherous waters off the coast of Africa in 2001 may have just turned the tables on the accepted scientific view of how—and how quickly—the Sahara became a desert.

West Africa – Pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have jumped by a third this year with ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities hub, increasingly under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.tober 17, 2013 – Reuters

Caribbean – October 14, 2013 – Stabroek News
After years of indecision, Caricom is set to adopt a Common Fisheries Policy ( CFP) that includes the development of cohesive trade mechanisms while addressing potential overfishing, the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations ( CNFO) says. Executive Secretary of the CNFO Vernel Nicholls told Stabroek News that “illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is what the CFP has to focus on.”

Arctic Ocean – October 15, 2013 – Maritime Executive
The new shipping route opened up through the Arctic by climate change will not be crowded any time soon.

Sri Lanka – October 17, 2013 –
The Sri Lankan Navy today arrested 32 Indian fishermen for alleged illegal fishing off the east coast, taking the total number of fishermen arrested during the last two days to nearly 70.

Australia – October 15, 2013 – Port Lincoln Times
FISHERS will be able to access the latest rules and regulations through a new recreational fishing smartphone app.

India – October 15, 2013 – Sahara Samay
The recovery of carcasses of various marine species, illegal fishing methods and discharge of effluents in the sea , the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park has decided on installing CCTVs to beef up security along the coast in a bid to check dwindling numbers at Tharavanthapuram.

Australia – October 15, 2013 – ABC News
A high-profile Tasmanian fisherman has warned in court to stop intimidating a police undercover agent.

United States – October 15, 2013 –
A proposed amendment to the Lacey Act, the U.S.’s oldest wildlife conservation law, appears carefully crafted to address a problem that doesn’t really exist, and actually would create a whole lot of problems no one wants.

Qatar – October 11, 2013 – DNA India
Twenty-nine Indians, employed as fishermen in the UAE, have been sentenced for two weeks for allegedly entering the Qatari waters. The 29 Indians were arrested on September 30 by Qatari authorities and were yesterday sentenced to two weeks in jail by a special court, The Peninsula reported today.

Australia – October 15, 2013 – The Australian
OVERFISHING is putting sea cucumbers in a pickle on the Great Barrier Reef, marine biologists say.

Caribbean Sea – October 15, 2013 – The Yucatan Times
In 2013 there is a sea cucumber thriving black market along the coast of Yucatan, driven by the demand in China where a pound might sell for $300 USD.

Canada – October 14, 2013 – Times Colonist
A $32-million commercial fishery has inexplicably and completely collapsed this year on the B.C. coast.  The sardine seine fleet has gone home after failing to catch a single fish. And the commercial disappearance of the small schooling fish is having repercussions all the way up the food chain to threatened humpback whales.

Puerto Rico – October 14, 2013 – Earthjustice
A federal district court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the law by allowing fishing for depleted parrotfish and other algae-eating reef fish species without properly monitoring the fishery’s impacts on rare corals that depend on healthy fish populations.

Saipan – October 16, 2013 – Saipan Tribune
A committee advising the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council convenes this week in Honolulu to discuss, among other things, proposed shark management in the Marianas that includes “directed fishery for sharks” or “indirect catch,” which some advocates say seems to negatively impact the CNMI’s two-year-old law against possession, selling, trading or distributing shark fins.

World – October 16, 2017 –
The IMB Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2013 reported at least 10 maritime piracy incidents this month so far – mainly off Indonesia.

Australia – October 17, 2013 – 9 News National
Australian Customs has intercepted four Indonesian boats suspected of illegal fishing in Australian waters.

Namibia – October 17, 2013 – The Namibian
“THEY are busy killing the river and nobody is doing anything about it!” laments Riaan van Niekerk the owner of Island View Lodge in the Zambezi Region.

United Kingdom – October 15, 2013 – Maritime Executive
Britain's cash-strapped military on Tuesday launched a search for buyers for its sole remaining aircraft carrier, saying it would entertain bids from companies, charities and trusts.

Ghana – October 16, 2013 –
Premiums on marine insurance in Ghana and neighboring countries are expected to shoot up as piracy increases in the Gulf of Guinea.

Belgium – October 15, 2013 – National Public Radio
One of the great conceits of crime fiction is the notion that criminals are often masterminds capable of cleverly outfoxing the cops who are pursuing them. In the real world, the contrary is closer to the truth. Criminals are often not too bright and they are capable of self-defeating stupidities.

The most recent evidence of that is the case of Mohamed Abdi Hassan, a Somali pirate. Abdi Hassan is now in custody in Belgium, having been lured there by a honey pot designed to trap the man who can steal just about everything else. His captors offered Abdi Hassan a movie deal.
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