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Four lanchas arrested for illegal fishing in US waters

US Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted four lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing of US waters near southern Texas, on from Sunday, March 11, to Tuesday, March 13. USCG stopped four lanchas with 20 Mexican fishermen conducting illegal fishing.

Greenpeace presents the dangers of krill fishing

Fishing for Antarctic krill is allowed in the Antarctic Ocean under the management of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. The fishery is often referred to as the best-managed in the world. Despite that, Greenpeace shows a pattern of fishing activity increasingly close to shore and in the immediate vicinity of penguin colonies and whale feeding grounds.

China pulls the plug on three Chinese companies for illegal fishing

Last spring, vessels from these companies were arrested in the West African region during a joint patrol between Greenpeace and local fisheries inspectors. Evidence of various infringements including illegal nets, shark finning and fishing without licence were handed over by Greenpeace to West African and Chinese authorities.

USCG charges owner of derelict fishing vessel off Alaska

USCG initiated a Class I Civil Penalty against the owner of the vessels ‘Alaska Patriot’ and ‘Alaska Pioneer’ after the first was left adrift and derelict 172 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in December. Allegations include operating the two vessels beyond the boundary line without a valid load line, lack of a valid towing operator, and incorrect broadcast of Maritime Mobile Service Identity data.

Animations present the dangers of oil and gas infrastructure for fishing

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK. This hazardous job is made difficult by the 100,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines and 4,000 surface and subsea structures that lie off the coast of the UK and northern Europe. These obstacles are dangerous for fishing vessels, as the compromise fishing gear or lead to collisions.

New algorithm monitors global fishing fleet

Based on vessel movement patterns, the Global Fishing Watch algorithm identified more than 70,000 commercial fishing vessels, the sizes and engine powers of these vessels, what type of fishing they engaged in, and when and where they fished down to the hour and kilometer.

France accedes to fishing vessel safety treaty

In an effort to increase global fishing vessel safety, France became the ninth State to ratify IMO’s Cape Town Agreement. The treaty covers various important safety requirements including radiocommunications, life-saving appliances and arrangements, emergency procedures, musters and drills.

USCG issues violations for illegal fishing near Cape Romain

On Thursday, a US Coast Guard boarding team issued fishing and safety violations to the 44-foot fishing vessel ‘The Long Line’, after it was found actively laying and retrieving fishing pots in a prohibited area, 19 miles east of Cape Romain, South Carolina.

USCG reports 28 accidents since crab season began off Oregon

Since the commercial Dungeness crab season began on January 15th, USCG Marine Safety Unit Portland investigators have responded to 28 accidents involving commercial fishing vessels, with most recent causalities including loss of propulsion, loss of steering, loss of power, fire, collisions, grounding and personnel injuries.

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