Monday, October 13, 2014

International Ocean Roundup XII

Haven't posted a roundup in a while.  Here's all the latest in ocean news:

Pacific Island nations secure $90m tuna deal with United States
U.S. – 8 October 2014 – Radio Australia
Pacific Island countries have succeeded in negotiating what is believed to be the world's most valuable fishing access agreement.

Japanese vessel tuna load held since 2013 requested to be sold
Brazil – 6 October 2014 –
The firm Atlântico Tuna has requested authorization from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) to sell a load of about 200 tonnes of tuna that was seized in August 2013 from the Japanese-flagged ship Shoei Maru No. 7.

Dead sharks precede 'Black October,' the worst month for illegal fishing in Costa Rica
Costa Rica – 10 October 2014 – Tico Times
Two weeks ago, park rangers at Isla del Coco National Park, located 590 kilometers west of Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, found six dead silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) and blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) on longline hooks within the boundaries of the park’s protected marine area.

Open Blue backers want to build yellowtail, seabass farm off San Diego
U.S. – 9 October 2014 –
A US private equity that counts offshore cobia farmer Open Blue in its portfolio has applied to build a 5,000 metric ton farm in federal waters off San Diego in California, reported the Times of San Diego. Cuna del Mar LP filed the application jointly with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, said the newspaper.

Fighting Fraudulent Fishing
U.S. – 9 October 2014 – Center for American Progress
In the face of myriad international crises ranging from airstrikes in Syria to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Barack Obama recently moved oceans to the front burner—at least for a moment or two.

NOAA seeks comments: International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Restrictions on the Use of Fish Aggregating Devices in Purse Seine Fisheries for 2015

Asia-Pacific: Kiribati deal shocks fishing world
Kiribati – 10 October 2014 –
A tiny South Pacific nation has shocked the fishing world by revealing without warning that it has forced most of the American tuna fleet out of its vast waters and is letting Chinese and Taiwanese boats take over.

Greenpeace protests against ‘illegal’ vessel
Korea – 7 October 2014 – World Fishing & Aquaculture
Greenpeace is accusing the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of failing to regulate the illegal activity of its distant water fleet. The organisation was protesting against the arrival of the Korean flagged fishing vessel Insung 3 in Busan on Tuesday, with activists painteding “illegal” on the side of the Antarctic fishing vessel to highlight its “involvement in illegal fishing”.

Western and eastern Pacific bluefin catch reductions needed, Pew says
Pacific – 7 October 2014 –
Pacific-wide bluefin tuna quota reduction measures are crucial for recovery of vastly depleted stocks, the Pew Charitable Trusts said Monday.

Russia May Ban Foreign Ships From Fishing In Its Waters
Russia – 3 October 2014 – The Moscow Times
Fishing vessels built or modernized in foreign shipyards and uncleared by Russian customs authorities may be banned from fishing in Russia's waters, providing a potential boost for the domestic shipbuilding sector.

Chinese Fishing Captain Killed in Clash With South Korean Coast Guard
China – 10 October 2014 – International New York Times
A Chinese fishing boat captain died on Friday after being shot during a clash with the South Korean Coast Guard, which sought to impound the Chinese ship that it said was illegally fishing in South Korean waters.

Australia’s Sea Cows Struggle to Survive Poachers
Australia – 3 October 2014 – Take Part
Like the manatees of Florida, dugongs in northern Australia encounter numerous threats. These lumbering marine mammals face a gauntlet of man-made obstacles, including boat strikes and fishing net entanglements, and when their sea grass beds disappear because of coastal development and pollution, starvation can set in. But dugongs face dangers even manatees can’t relate to: poaching and the illegal trade in their meat. The problem has become so bad in recent years that the Australian government just pledged $4.4 million to protect the animals and stop the illegal trade in dugong and turtle meat.

Draft law on fisheries workers making progress
Thailand – 7 October 2014 – Nine Entertain
Less than four months after the US downgraded the kingdom on its labour conditions and trafficking watch list, a draft law aimed at protecting Thai fishermen, ending human trafficking, forbidding persons below age 18 from working in the industry and making skippers legally liable employers is making gradual progress.

Fishing boat slaves: Thais rescued from Indonesia
Thailand – 6 October 2014 – Bangkok Post
When Wuthisak Tantisuk was approached by a stranger trying to persuade him to work on a fishing boat, he knew he should be cautious about the man’s offer. Unfortunately caution was not enough for Mr Wuthisak to avoid being forced to work in “hell”, before eventually ending up living as an illegal immigrant on the Indonesian island of Ambon.

Europe – MENA
Oceana Video Tells Story of Mediterranean Swordfish Mismanagement
E.U. – 3 October 2014 –
Oceana has released a video telling the story of small-scale fishermen and the impact of decades of mismanagement on Mediterranean swordfish. Small-scale fishermen are the watchmen of the sea, the first to perceive any changes and the first to be affected by these changes.

Rise in bluefin tuna quota expected
Atlantic Ocean – 8 October 2014 – The Japan Times
Fishing quotas for bluefin tuna allocated to Japan and other nations in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea will likely be expanded by a total of about 10,000 tons annually next year and beyond, based on a consensus reached at an intergovernmental tuna conservation panel.

European Commission cuts deep sea fishing quotas for next two years
E.U. – 3 October 2014 – Reuters
The European Commission proposed on Friday an overall cut in quotas for deep sea fishing in the northeast Atlantic for the next two years, but environmental groups said it should have reduced some catch limits to zero to allow stocks to recover.

Going extinct: Illegal fishing practices ruining livelihood of Sindh’s fishermen
Pakistan – 5 October 2014 – The Express Tribune
Fish are wealth for fishing communities, but illegal fishing practices have almost ruined the fishermen’s livelihood, compelling them to cross the Indian border in search of a haul, said provincial livestock and fisheries minister Jam Khan Shoro on Saturday.

Report environmental wrongs
E.U. – 6 October 2014 – Divernet
European conservation group The Black Fish has launched its Citizen Inspector Network and Training Programme, aimed at preparing environmentally minded people to report on illegal or destructive fishing practices.

In Pictures: The decline of Philippine tuna
Philippines – 8 October 2014 – Al Jazeera
This city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao is known as the nation's "tuna capital", but unregulated overfishing by industrial players using unsustainable methods to catch the deep-sea fish is threatening a collapse of the industry.

Illegal Fishing Rampant as West African Nations Pay Heavy Price
Africa – 10 October 2014 – Bloomberg
West African countries are almost powerless to prevent illegal fishing that is depleting stocks and robbing states of revenue, according to a fisheries expert who is visiting the region.

Venturing into industrial fishing - Seychelles-based fisheries company targeting fleet of 15 long liners by 2016
Seychelles – 3 October 2014 – Seychelles News Agency
The Seychelles' industrial fishing sector has received a boost with the arrival of the first of at least fifteen large long liners, built in China on behalf of the Oceana Fisheries, a company based in the island nation’s capital of Victoria.

The ‘Ocean 1’, which was built in a shipyard in eastern China, set off for Seychelles last month and its commissioning, after a 27-day journey, took place in Port Victoria on Tuesday.

Somalia: Illegal trawlers intimidate Gara'ad fishermen-Official
Somalia – 7 October 2014 – Garowe Online 
Fishermen in Gara'ad coastal town of northeastern Somalia are complaining about illegal fishing vessels as the country continues to witness upsurge in marine resources depletion according to official, Garowe Online reports. Speaking on Puntland-based independent station, Radio Garowe on Tuesday the mayor of nearby Jiriban Abdulahi Ali Yusuf said at least 40 illegal trawlers were sighted in the Exclusive Economic zone (EEC) and in the territorial waters-a few nautical miles-off Gara'ad coast.

Fishermen must stop using unapproved methods
Ghana – 6 October 2014 – Vibe Ghana
The Gomoa West District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, has appealed to fishermen to stop the use of dynamites and other illegal fishing methods to avoid the depletion of fish stock in the sea.

Iceland shores up Uganda fishing with $7m
Uganda – 5 October 2014 – East African Business Week
The government has signed a $7 million agreement with the Icelandic International Development arm to support better delivery services for fishing communities in Buikwe District central Uganda.

Somalia: Puntland Govt to tackle illegal fishing
Somalia – 8 October 2014 – Garowe Online
Puntland Government in northern Somalia says it will be tackling illegal fishing activities by alleged Spanish, Iranian and Yemeni trawlers in the territorial waters off the coast of string of villages along the Indian Ocean, Garowe Online reports.

Angola Modernizes Navy to Protect Maritime Resources
Angola – 8 October 2014 – World Politics Review
Last month, Brazil and Angola signed a Technical Memorandum of Understanding for the Brazilian navy to support the development of Angola’s naval capabilities. Angola will purchase seven Brazilian Macae patrol ships, four of them built in Brazil with Angolan personnel support, and three others in Angola. Brazil will also train Angolan military personnel and build a shipyard in Angola.

Namibia: Experts Discuss Marine Protection
Namibia – 9 October 2014 – All Africa
THE third Global Large Marine Ecosystem conference officially started at Swakopmund yesterday. The three-day event is discussing ways to further assess and manage large marine ecosystems across the globe. It is also going to deliberate on ways to protect the marine environment in the three partnering countries - Namibia, Angola and South Africa.

Global: Major conference on biodiversity warns against 'business as usual' behaviour, consumption
Global – 6 October 2014 – UN News Center
The parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity began meeting today as a new United Nations report on the status of biodiversity warned that much more efficient use of land, water, energy and materials are needed to meet globally-agreed targets by 2020.

FAO forecasts shrimp world production could double by 2030
Global – 8 October 2014 – Merco Press
At World Shrimp Congress held this week in Vigo, Galicia, FAO's head of Trade and Fishery Products, subdivision, Audun Lem, said that shrimp producing countries are betting for a “steady growth” with greater quality and quantity.

Got an idea to protect our oceans? Here is $10k to make it happen
Global – 7 October 2014 - National Geographic

Goodies And Baddies: IUU Fishing As State-Corporate Crime, Not "Organised Crime"
Global – 7 October 2014 – Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements

Road kill: Overconsumption threatens the world’s wildlife
Global – 3 October 2014 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Between 1970 and 2010, the planet lost 52 percent of its wildlife, according to data collected by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London. That’s an alarming statistic even while certain creatures like otters, wolves and buffalo make a comeback.

The whale who thought he could fly: Amazing moment humpback is captured leaping out of the water (and even manages a wave)
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