Monday, March 17, 2014

International Ocean Updates VII

Americas:

Begich: No More Parlay for Pirates
U.S. – 13 March 2014 – Alaska Business
A strong opponent of “pirate” fishing, U.S. Senator Mark Begich applauded the approval today of four treaties that will help Alaska fishermen by cracking down on illegal fishing worldwide. Today’s vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to approve the treaties clears the way for ratification by a vote of the full Senate.

U.S. Senate Panel Advances Agreements to Fight Illegal Fishing
U.S. – 11 March 2014 – Pew Environment
With the world’s oceans losing up to $23.5 billion worth of fish to illegal fishing every year, the U.S. Senate on March 11 took a critical step to cut off market access for unlawfully caught fish and to drastically lower the potential profits.

The Foreign Relations Committee approved four fisheries agreements, including the Port State Measures Agreement, or PSMA, which would strengthen inspections and controls in ports worldwide


Coast Guard Crew Intercepts 110 Pounds of illegally Caught Fish
U.S. – 8 March 2014 – Kiiitv
A boat crew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island intercepted a Mexican lancha carrying approximately 110 pounds of fish illegally caught in U.S. waters, Friday.

Save the sharks
Trinidad and Tobago – 9 March 2014 – Trinidad Express
A locally-spawned campaign to turn Trinidad and Tobago waters into a shark sanctuary has picked up international steam.

Three Arrested for Illegal Fishing Near Cocos Island
Costa Rica -
The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The authorities in Costa Rica announced the arrest of three Nicaraguans for fishing in the protected area surrounding Cocos Island, which has been declared a Natural Heritage Site.

Asia-Pacific:

Search Underway After Fatal High Seas Hit-n-Run
Philippines – 13 March 2014 –Gcaptain.com
A search is underway in the Philippines for 10 missing crewmembers from a fishing vessel that sank Wednesday night after it was reportedly rammed by an unidentified cargo ship near the mouth of Manila Bay.

Japan to cut bluefin tuna catch in Northern Pacific by half
Japan – 8 March 2014 – Global Post
Japan plans to slash by half the amount of juvenile bluefin tuna taken from the Northern Pacific starting in 2015, compared to the 2002-2004 average, a Fisheries Agency source said Saturday.

Oceania comes together to implement shark protection agreement
Palau – 10 March 2014 – Marianas Variety
On Feb. 11 and 12, more than 60 people from nine countries met to develop a plan to implement the new Appendix II listings for sharks under CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which will have ramifications for the future of the shark fin trade in the Pacific.

Australia Buys Giant Unmanned Triton Flying Drones for Indian Ocean Patrols
Australia – 13 March 2014 – International Business Times
The Australian government is to purchase a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned flying drones as part of a new defence plan to protect key maritime and energy assets in the Indian Ocean.

Europe –MENA

Nine Countries Sign to Conserve Migratory Sharks
MENA – 8 March 2014 – Maritime Executive
Efforts to conserve migratory sharks have been strengthened at an international workshop on shark conservation supported by the UN last month. Government representatives from nine countries have gathered in Dubai to lend more support to shark conservation in the region.

Danish fishermen demand EU ban on Norway imports as bilateral talks continue
Europe – 10 March 2014 – Undercurrent News
The Danish fishermen’s association have called on the European Union to ban all imports of fish products from Norway, as the EU-Norway bilateral talks extend into another week.

MEPs Call for Thailand to Address Forced Labour in its Fishing Industry
Europe – 13 March 2014 – thefishsite.com
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has welcomed a decisive European Parliament vote recommending that Thailand be required to address human trafficking and forced labour in its fishing industry as part of ongoing trade negotiations between the EU and Thailand.

Africa:

Government committed to protect fisheries resources – MCE
Ghana – 7 March 2014 – Vibe Ghana
The Municipal Chief Executive for Nzema East, Mr James Atta Kakra Baidoe, says government is determined to protect fisheries resources and enforce the fisheries laws to sustain livelihoods of coastal communities.

SOMALIA: Puntland bans illegal fishing, warns foreign vessels
Somalia – 11 March 2014 – RBC Radio
In a statement released today, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Puntland said it has terminated all fishing licenses previously granted to the foreign vessels while the ministry also warned of any claims of holding legal license.

Saharan Express Building Collective Skills to Increase Maritime Security in Waters off West Africa
Africa – 11 March 2014 – iciLome.com
Today, March 10, a team of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Sailors had the great pleasure of joining with personnel from 13 partner nations to kick off the at-sea portion of Exercise Saharan Express 2014.

Japan extends 14bn/- to help boost fishing industry in Zanzibar
Tanzania – 13 March 2014 – IPP Media
The government of Japan has provided a grant worth 14bn/- that will be used for the development of Malindi fish landing and marketing facilities in Zanzibar. A statement issued in Tuesday by the Embassy of japan in Dar es Salaam said the project involves reconstructing of a landing quay to ensure safe landing for nearly 400 fishing boats, construction of a fish market and providing equipment for an efficient working environment and hygienic place for more than 6,000 users

Global:

Less is More: We Need a Global Strategy to End Fishing Overcapacity
12 March 2014 – Huffington Post
The global ocean, from the coast to the high seas, is facing multiple threats. We rely on the ocean for food, for transport, for the very air we breathe, but the current systems in place for governing and managing its resources are not fit for purpose. As a result, fish stocks are being depleted, rich biodiversity is at risk and illegal fishing vessels threaten the food security of whole nations. It is our economies that suffer -- depletion of fish stocks alone costs the global economy an estimated $50 billion per year.

Major fishing nations commit to fleet management
Global – 14 March 2013 – Intrafish.com
A joint statement committing to adopt measures to tackle global fleet overcapacity was signed Friday by the European Union and major fishing nations including the United States, Colombia, Japan, Philippines, and Indonesia.

UN group co-chairs outline priorities for sustainable development goal
The co-chairs of a UN group tasked with drafting a blueprint for sustainable development goals (SDGs) released a list of 19 focus areas on 21 February, following a year of discussions. The marine resources, oceans, and seas section, for example, suggests eliminating all harmful fisheries subsidies, as well as combatting unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

International Course on Fisheries Governance

‘Too much fish’ driving skipjack prices further down
11 March 2014 – Undercurrentnews.com
Prices for skipjack tuna are continuing to drop, with one source citing an overcapacity of purse seiners as the cause.

Want to feed the world? Save oceans first
10 March 2014 – Rappler
Imagine a world with empty oceans. Gone are the glittering shoals of sardines, delicious lobsters, and agile tuna. Hook after hook comes up empty, leaving millions of fishermen with no way to earn a living and millions more people without food. Our oceans aren’t empty quite yet, but overfishing is already decimating many ecosystems, leaving fishermen with empty nets and people with empty plates.

The One Use of Drones Everyone Can Agree on, Except for Poachers
13 March 2014 – Smithsonian Magazine
Conservationists are looking to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for help in keeping an eye on endangered species

Fish, fisheries and fisheries management in the Arctic Ocean
Arctic – 11 March 2014 – Barents Observer
Global warming has brought warmer waters and reduced ice cover in the Arctic, facilitating the northwards extension of fish stocks such as capelin and cod. This has brought speculations that commercial fisheries might develop in the Central Arctic Ocean.

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