Friday, October 25, 2013

Illegal Fishing Roundup VII

Nauru - October 15, 2013 – Radio New Zealand International
The Nauru District Court has fined a Spanish fishing vessel and its crew about one million US.

Australia – October 18, 2013 – Newcastle Herald
Ocean yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen came home from the sea this year determined to tell the world about the horror that he saw beyond the horizon.

Greece – October 22, 2013 – Financial Times
As if years of economic and financial turmoil were not enough, Greece has lost its crown as the world’s biggest producer of sea bass and bream – to Turkey.

Pacific – October 18, 2013 – Radio New Zealand International
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or PNA, says the introduction of its vessel day scheme has helped the Pacific gain increasing control over its tuna resource.

Sri Lanka – October 20, 2013 – Sri Lanka Navy
Naval personnel attached to SLN Dockyard of the Eastern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested 24 persons with 04 FGDs engaged in illegal fishing using purse seine nets on 19th October 2013 in the seas off Dutch Bay in Trincomalee.

Africa – October 19, 2013 – The Olive Press
A SPANISH fishing boat has been fined €5,000 for illegally fishing off the coast of Africa.

Liberia – October 21, 2013 –
The Bureau of National Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Collaborative Management Association (CMA) in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, have signed an agreement to prevent illegal fishing in the county.

Pacific – October 21, 2013 – Samoa Observer
More than 1,000 vessels were sighted over 10 days in the region’s biggest surveillance exercise, an annual event that includes Samoa.

Taiwan – October 18, 2013 – The China Post
A Taiwanese fishing boat and its crew were being detained yesterday by Russian authorities after they were arrested for allegedly fishing within the country's economic waters earlier this month, Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko (柯森耀) said yesterday.

Australia – October 22, 2013 – The Fish Site
HMAS Wollongong, together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), has apprehended four Indonesian boats suspected of illegal fishing in Australian waters.

EU – October 22, 2013 –
In a world of giant trawlers and fish-farming operations, Gwenaël Pennarun still sets out most days from this Breton village to catch sea bass the old-fashioned way, with baited hooks.

Brussels – October 23, 2013 –
The European Parliament has voted down proposals to subsidize the construction of more fishing vessels and has set caps on public spending on fleets in a move by the legislature to contain overfishing.

Pacific – October 2013 –
When Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) observer Chris Ragi (not his real name) boarded a tuna purse seiner fishing boat for the first time in 2009, he did not know what to expect.

Australia – October 24, 2013 – ABC News Australia
Three illegal Indonesian fishing boats intercepted by the Royal Australian Navy and Customs off the Northern Territory coast this month have been destroyed in Darwin.

Sierra Leone – October 24, 2013 – Energy FM
Money donated by the International Development Committee is helping fight illegal fishing in Sierra Leone.

Costa Rica – October 23, 2013 – The Costa Rica News
A group of environmental organizations has called on the Costa Rican government to reform the National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Incopesca) in order to avoid trawling and illegal fishing in protected sites.
United States – October 24, 2013 – Islands Business
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) has reached the conclusion that the United States ought to refuse the reduction in the existing bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) quota along the Hawaiian coast.

European Union – October 24, 2013 – Brussels Office Weblog
This summer, representatives from the Cook Islands and the European Union (EU), met in Rarotonga, Cook Islands to discuss and begin negotiations on a Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA).

Republic of Korea – October 24, 2013 – The Jet Newspaper
The relationship between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Pacific Island countries (PICs) has been further strengthened this week at the 2nd Korea-Pacific Islands Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Seoul, Korea.

European Union – October 22, 2013 –
The European Commission (EC) has welcomed the outcome of the first meeting of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) held in Melbourne, Australia. Several key decisions were taken on the setting up of the organisation and intersessional work that will lead to a fully operational organisation.

Peru – October 21, 2013 –
The head of the Regional Directorate of Production (Direpro) of Piura, Lizardo Ayon Valdivieso, asked the national government to impose a ban on the catch of mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the north of the country due to the high level of illegal fishing.

Sri Lanka – October 22, 2013 – Times Online
At least 113 persons were arrested while engaged in illegal fishing in the Trincomalee area at the over the past two days, a senior naval official said today.

Somalia – October 23, 2013 -  Somalilandpress
A recent Illegal Unregulated and Unreported [IUU] Fisheries workshop held in Djibouti by the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development [IGAD] for East Africa and facilitated by the Fish I Africa Organisation and the African Maritime Safety and Security Agency finalised in an unanimous decision from the high level delegates to formalise the development of a task force focused on the advancement of sustainable fisheries for the Horn of Africa sub regions.

EU – October 24, 2013 –
Fishermen will not get European Union subsidies to build new vessels for the bloc's already swollen fleet, EU lawmakers agreed on Wednesday (23 October), in a vote that raised hopes for an end to decades of over-fishing in Europe.

EU – October 24, 2013 – (subscription required)
Earlier this month the European Council of Ministers approved a proposal to force seafood importers to disclose what gear type was used in the capture of their fish and a more detailed description of where fish was caught.

Australia – October 24, 2013 –
A delegation left for China last week to negotiate a deal with South Australian rock lobster and southern bluefin tuna that could be worth up to $100 million.

Japan – October 24, 2013 –
OPRT (Organization for Responsible Tuna Fisheries) a conservation group based in Japan, reports that the  Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) agreed to increase the total allowable catch (TAC) of southern bluefin tuna in next year to 12,449 tons and also in 2015-2017 to 14,647 tons per year, and its recent annual meeting.

United States – October 21, 2013 –
The U.S. Coast Guard says a 59-foot longliner that burned Sunday in the Bering Sea has sunk.

Pacific – October 24, 2013 – Radio New Zealand International
Electronic monitoring of longline fishing boats is being considered as an alternative to on-board observers.

Pacific – October 24, 2013 – Radio New Zealand International
The tuna industry in the Pacific is not meeting its target to reduce catches, and leaders say there must be an agreement this year on new quotas.

Pacific – October 24, 2014 – Radio New Zealand International
The member countries of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission are set to face tough demands at their December meeting.

Russia – October 24, 2013 –
Russia’s supreme arbitration court ruled that all fish caught within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ, 200 miles, or 370 kilometers from the coast), must be subject to export tax, reported Izvestia.

New Zealand – October 24, 2013 –

New Zealand fishing group Sanford said its full-year profit would miss its forecast by NZD 3 million to NZD 5m as a result of lower harvest of skipjack and toothfish, and slow growth in its main Marlborough mussel growing area.


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