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UK to review the fishing training and certification regulations

The Maritime and Coastguard agency examines all of fishermen’s training and certification regulations, as it aims to update the UK’s training and examination system for fishermen in order to boost their skills and also improve safety in seas.

UK seafood industry wants exports to be protected ahead of Brexit

Actors of the Scottish seafood industry have told UK environment and food secretary Michael Gove, that more needs to be done in order to protect exports after Brexit. More specifically, they worry about delays of fresh fish being delivered by truck to Europe.

IMO to boost safety of ships and fishing in Ghana

Fishing is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the world and, in spite of improvements in technology, the loss of life in the fisheries sector is unacceptably high.  In order to improve the safety of fishers and fishing vessels, IMO has established, over the years, various initiatives, culminating with the adoption of the Cape Town Agreement of 2012.

EU consumes more seafood that it can catch in domestic waters or produce

In light of today’s European Fish Dependence Day, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) informed that from now, the EU has used up all of its own seafood resources and now has to rely entirely on its imports for the rest of 2019, to meet demand. Europe consumes far more seafood than it can catch in domestic waters or produce in fish farms.

Shipyard delivers first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel to Canadian CG

Seaspan Shipyards delivered the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), the CCGS Sir John Franklin, to the Canadian Coast Guard. According to the shipyard, ‘The CCGS Sir John Franklin is the first large vessel to be built and delivered to the Government of Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.’

Infographic: Progress of EU and non-EU countries in IUU fishing

The European Union published an infographic, providing information of the Illegal, Unreported and Undocumented (IUU) fishing, which still is on the rise in many countries. Specifically, fishing can be though of as illegal when there’s no authorization, when it is against conservation and management measures by RFMOs and when it is against national laws and international regulations.

EU lifts Taiwan’s yellow card following reforms in tackling illegal fishing

The European Union applauds Taiwan’s attempts on tackling illegal fishing. Thus, the European Commission decided to lift the yellow card acknowledging the progress made by Taiwan and the major upgrade of its fisheries legal and administrative systems to fight against IUU fishing. The EU and Taiwan will continue addressing labour conditions in the fishing sector in the framework of their human rights consultations.

US sees more countries tangled in human trafficking through fishing industry

The 2019 Trafficking in Persons report, was published by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, focusing on government efforts to tackle human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims. This year’s report, the 19th installment, includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the U.S.

Norway’s State Secretary talks piracy, illegal fishing and climate change

Norwegian Government’s State Secretary Marianne Hagen commented on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean, during a ministerial conference. She highlighted that Somali piracy hasn’t been eradicated yet. The State Secretary noted that Norway wishes to maintain its capacity on prosecuting and imprisoning pirates here in the region, with Mauritius, the Seychelles and Kenya as important partners.

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