Master and vessel owner are ordered to pay £15,624 for fisheries offences. The hearing was conducted on January 8, at Plymouth Magistrates Court in a prosecution that was brought by the Marine Management Organisation, MMO. Two charges were brought before court concerning exceeding monthly quota limits. In addition, the defendants pleaded guilty to both charges.
On January 15, Norway’s Supreme Court began hearings on whether European vessels can fish for snow crab off Arctic islands, north of Norway without getting permission from Oslo. The hearings will result into who has the right for oil explorations in the region, according to Reuters. Into question is whether the snow crab is a sedentary species that is living on the seabed or a fish stock that wanders.
The UK fishing industry is being supported to start preparing their businesses for the Brexit to make sure that even after exiting the EU they will be able to continue importing and exporting fish and fish products. Yet, the fishing industry has been protected in the ‘Trade’ part of UK’s Government ‘four scenarios of No-deal Brexit’ in the possibility of a no deal scenario.
The Commission acknowledged that Thailand has successfully addressed the lacks in its fisheries legal and administrative systems. For this reason it lifts the so-called “yellow card”, in place since April 2015, a warning from the EU that the country at that time was not sufficiently tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Japan’s recently-announced decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) -which means to continue commercial whaling after more than 30 years-, has spurred different reactions across environmental organizations across the globe.
During the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species the participators did not agree for the protection of the blue shark, which is the most heavily fished shark globally. Blue Shark is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as near threatened globally.
On the 1st of November, a fire onboard the ‘Vilnyus’ started early morning and destroyed most of the ship’s equipment. The vessel was docked at the Murmansk Fisheries Port and no-one was hurt, as the local emergency authority informed. Unfortunately, the vessel is highly unlikely to return to the sea and the fleet of the Russian Fisheries agency is expected to decrease even further.
The owner and captain of the Malaysian-flagged fishing vessel ‘Buah Naga 1’, that was boarded and arrested by Tanzanian law enforcement agents as part of Operation Jodari, have pleaded guilty to the charge of Unlawful Possession of Shark Fins in a plea agreement with Tanzanian prosecutors, Sea Shepherd informed.
Global Fishing Watch will collaborate with the US Coast Guard Research & Development Center to perform research on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and share analysis to enhance global efforts to improve fisheries management.
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) issued ten basic principles for states to follow in a bid to achieve transparency in global fisheries, a sector which has been at the centre of numerous human rights violations and for illegal fishing practices which pose a significant threat to the world’s ecosystems.
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