IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, considered a first set of draft recommendations for fishing vessels and pleasure yachts operating in Polar waters, but are not already covered by the mandatory Polar Code, the so-called ‘non-SOLAS’ ships.
Four United Nations human rights officials have strongly criticised the British Government’s scheme governing protection and labour rights for migrant fishermen from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The letter focuses on modern forms of racism, slavery and on trafficking in persons.
As EJF reported, the South Korean Government allowed illegally-caught fishing vessels in Antarctic waters, by allowing the owner to sell the catch on the global seafood market. A fish traceability system is crucial to prevent similar cases. Specifically, International and Korean NGOs have issued a statement according to which the Korean Governments is handling of the case of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing that occurred in the Antarctic.
Spain has become the latest country to accede to IMO’s Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety, significantly boosting the number of vessels needed for entry into force. The entry into force of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement is expected to result in fewer accidents, and a more effective infrastructure for monitoring illegal fishing.
Sea Shepherd submitted a petition to the US government for emergency rulemaking, demanding it to fulfill its obligations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to protect the Māui dolphin. Actually, the organization formally demanded that the Trump Administration immediately ban all imports from New Zealand fisheries that are driving the Māui dolphin to extinction.
After Oceana’s investigation, the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) announced its decision to keep the fish factory vessel ‘Vladivostok 2000’ (previously named Damanzaihao) on the list of illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels. In the meantime, the Organisation warned China, Panama and Cook Islands for providing assistance to the vessel.
Thailand is the first country in Asia to accept the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), that protects the living and working conditions of fishers onboard vessels. The Convention has specific requirements related to work on board fishing vessels, including occupational safety and health, medical care at sea and ashore, rest periods, written work agreements, and social security protection.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) continue their South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and global security missions. Mellon’s crew is helping the Commission enforce its regulations on the tuna fishing industry, a $5 billion per year fishery that is essential to economies in the South Pacific.
The European Commission decided to send an additional letter of formal notice to Denmark, over its failure to enforce several important provisions of the EU Control Regulation. These deficiencies undermine the accuracy of catch registration documents which are necessary for quota deduction purposes and to prevent overfishing.
Transparency, such as publishing details of fishing licences, must be improved to eradicate illegal fishing and prevent the collapse of Ghana’s fishing industry, according to a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Hen Mpoano, under the EU-funded Far Dwuma Nkɔdo project.
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