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Preventing subsea cables claims against fishing vessels

The Shipowners Club said it has encountered eight damage to property claims allegedly caused by the snagging of fishing gear on subsea cables over the last two years. The quantum of such claims is invariably high, sometimes reaching into millions of dollars. 

ETF joins project to improve the fishery supply chain

The ETF which represents fishers will collaborate with the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions on a joint project. EFFAT represents workers in the aquaculture and fish processing sectors. The key goal of this project is to establish a joint vision of how to boost and defend workers’ occupational interests all along the fishery supply chain.

Sea Shepherd Legal, Gabon to tackle fisheries crime

Sea Shepherd Legal has collaborated with Gabon’s National Agency of National Parks to initiate capacity-building workshops, aiming to provide legal and policy support to multiple government agencies combating fisheries crime in Gabon, Central West Africa. The workshop series is called ‘Securing Gabon’s National Heritage: Policies and Practices to Eliminate IUU Fishing in Gabonese Waters’.

Blockchain could boost transparency in fisheries, says new study

Blockchain could boost transparency of the aquaculture sector by providing a means to trace and record the entire fish supply chain, according to a new report by DNV GL and Deloitte. The report suggests that data from the ‘bait to plate’ could be stored in a publicly available blockchain.

Remote electronic monitoring can end EU overfishing, report says

A report called ‘Legal Opinion on Video Monitoring on Fishing Vessels with Special Focus on Other Comparable Cases’ was published on March 7, showing that the use of video monitoring, or Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM), can be used on board EU fishing vessels to ensure proper catch reporting, and end illegal discarding of fish.

Fishing in India’s Coast is challenging due to warmer waters

Climate change has resulted to the warming of India’s coastal waters by more than a half a degree Celsius over the past 3 to 4 decades, fish populations are looking for cooler waters, making it difficult for fishermen to fish, according to Reuters.

USCG detains lancha crews for illegally fishing in US waters

The US Coast Guard informed that its law enforcement crews detected and interdicted three Mexican lancha boat crews illegally fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, on Wednesday February 27. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing. Overall, 3,533 lbs of red snapper and 1,122 lbs of shark was on board the lanchas.

Women aim for a better place in the Blue Economy

According to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), women hold the 47% globally, amongst the 120 million people, who earn money directly from fishing and processing. The IMO-supported event WOMESA  highlighted the challenges that women face in the Blue Economy, as the fishing sector is thought to be predominantly male. 

HM Coastguard: How to comply with ILO 188 for fishermen

HM Coast Guard presented a check list of compliance, highlighting the main requirements operators need to check in order to comply with ILO 188. ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention ILO 188, which came into force in the UK in December 2018, entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment.

USCG, NOAA terminate voyage for illegal fishing in Tortugas Ecological Reserve

The US Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration terminated the voyage of the 83-foot commercial fishing vessel ‘Lady Kristie’, with three people aboard Thursday, after discovering multiple violations near Tortugas Ecological Reserve. Fishing in an ecological reserve violates NOAA regulations.

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