The US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, along with the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, and the Coast Guard Investigative Service agents are investigating the fishing vessel Mark I for knowingly discharging oil overboard in Canadian waters.
On July 14, the fishing vessel ‘Kristi’ lost power near Clark’s Point, a Bristol Bay village near Dillingham, Alaska. The boat became trapped between two ships and its crew escaped moments before the vessel sank. USCG is currently investigating the incident, in order to identify the causes of it.
Last week, Gabon’s law enforcement agents, in cooperation with Sea Shepherd crew, arrested two foreign trawlers, the ‘Jinli 961’ and ‘Jinli 962’, for fishing without a license in Gabonese waters. The two vessels were escorted to the port of Libreville, where they now face charges of illegal fishing.
Illegal fishing off Tanzania has been significantly reduced after six months of at-sea patrols by a coalition of Tanzanian law enforcement agencies, Fish-i Africa and Sea Shepherd crew. This is the first campaign of this unique partnership between civilian organizations and government, called Operation Jodari.
Fishing vessels worldwide discard as many as two of every five sea creatures they catch. In response, Stanford scientists have developed a new software tool which can help fishers target the most productive fishing spots while avoiding unwanted or protected species such as sea turtles and dolphins.
The comprehensive review of the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel will continue this week. Namely, the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping will review the minimum standards of competence described in the treaty.
On the aftermath of the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Destination’ with loss of six crewmembers, the NTSB issued a safety alert highlighting how icing can dangerously degrade a vessel’s stability. The investigation showed that the vessel likely capsized at night in rough seas and gale force winds due to topside ice accumulation.
In its fishing vessel safety guide released earlier this week, the Shipowners Club provides safety tips for fishers to reduce the risk of flooding, one of the most common dangers for commercial fishing. As for the other threats, early detection of flooding is essential for a vessel to be saved.
According to HM Coast Guard, latest figures show that commercial fishing is by far the most dangerous job and UK fishermen face a risk of death over six times higher than the most dangerous land based industry. For this reason, it published a safety guide, in order to ensure that fishermen conduct their work in a safe manner.
NTSB released a report on the sinking of the vessel ‘Destination’, which caused the death of six crewmembers. The 110-foot vessel sank while it was sailing in the Bering Strait, with NTSB determining that the most probable cause of the sinking was the accumulation of ice on the vessel and its fishing gear after experiencing forecasted heavy freezing spray conditions.
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