The ‘Human Trafficking and IUU Fishing Act’ would add the Secretary of Commerce to the President’s existing Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, in response to the growing human trafficking, forced labor, and human rights abuses in global seafood supply chain.
On the morning of 11 September 2017, the fishing vessel ‘Langley Douglas’ developed a port list, capsized, and subsequently sank 60 miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia. A US Coast Guard helicopter rescued the five people onboard. The Langley Douglas was valued at $1.95 million.
French and British fisherman have achieved compromise over a dispute on scallop fishing in the English Channel, according to an official form the French Agriculture Ministry. The dispute concerned the size of boats that are allowed to fish in Baie de Seine waters, where scallops can be found in large quantities.
The fishing industry’s volume and complexity make it vulnerable to exploitation by transnational organized crime. As such, UNODC and the government of Ecuador organized the first “Regional Conference on Fisheries Crime” of the Americas on 12-13 September in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
EJF urged the Taiwanese government to review its fisheries law after it documented gross human rights violations aboard a Taiwanese vessel, which became the first in the world to be detained over the summer for violating new international standards of decent work in fishing.
The US have filed a civil enforcement action against Azure Fishery LLC, the company’s managers, the operator of the commercial fishing vessel Jaxon T, and the new owner of the vessel for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The US also lodged a partial settlement to resolve the claims against the two company managers.
The master of a Spanish-flagged fishing vessel was charged in court, after more than a tonne of shark fins were found onboard upon detention off Ireland’ southwest coast. Meanwhile, a release bond of €335,000 was placed upon the vessel.
Problems such as nets picking up stones or inverting in the water are an integral part of trawl fishing. In this case, the crew had identified that the net was particularly heavy and were dealing with it by setting up the equipment to use the net drum and gilson winch together to haul the net aboard.
Australia has developed its first artificial reef in the Exmouth Gulf, the latest purpose built artificial reef habitat in the Western part of the country. The $1 million Exmouth Integrated Artificial Reef is a unique project aiming to enhance marine habitat and recreational fishing opportunities in the region.
UK-based Human Rights at Sea and the Botswana-based NGO Stop Illegal Fishing have entered into a collaborative partnership to continue and raise the global narrative on illegal fishing activities which include promoting human rights protections against abuses of crew.
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