Trump Administration wants to auction leases for offshore wind farms in the waters off New York and New Jersey, overlooking the fact that huge amounts of scallops are abundant in these water areas. The area of the Atlantic is home to some of the world’s richest scallop beds, and erecting turbines nearly as tall as the Chrysler Building could make mollusks much harder to harvest, Bloomberg reports.
Marks & Spencer and Waitrose & Partners have signed the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Charter for Transparency. They now join the Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco in making a pledge to make sure their seafood supply chains are free from illegal fishing and human rights abuse. According to EJF, this is a significant step forward, as together these five companies represent the vast majority of grocery sales in the UK.
The Chilean government announced that it will make its vessel tracking data available to public through the Global Fishing Watch map (GFW), which tracks the movements of commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. The agreement was made between Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (or SERNAPESCA) and GFW.
The 6th session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 6), held from 29 April to 3 May, marked progress with the review of the STCW Convention for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995, which entered into force in 2012.
Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on a fatal accident involving the fishing vessel ‘Fv Julie Eleanor’ in Galway Bay, in November 2017. The report stressed that the vessel did not comply with safety regulations and that the fisher onboard did not wear a PFD.
Oceana recently launched a set of guidelines to help insurers in controlling or mitigating the risk of insuring vessels and companies associated with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The guidelines were established together with UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative.
Indonesia sank 51 foreign fishing vessels as part of the government’s attempts to tackle illegal fishing. The seized ships were sunk on May 4, of which 38 were Vietnamese, 6 Malaysian, 2 Chinese, 1 Filipino, and the rest were foreign-owned ships flying the Indonesian flag. Speaking about the occasion, Susi Pudjiastuti, the fisheries minister, noted that illegal fishing ships are threatening the local fishing industry.
In light of the recently-published investigation into the fatal capsizing of the fishing vessel ‘Laura Jane’ off Plymouth in May 2018, the UK MAIB issued a safety flyer with valuable safety lessons learned for the fishing industry, stressing risks associated with vessel overloading and poor stability assessment.
The ITF informed that the Irish government has committed to bring in new measures to protect migrant workers in the country’s fishing industry. The ITF was concerned about the exploitation of workers from Africa and Asia in Ireland’s fishing industry. Non-European workers will no longer be tied to individual employers, and will be free to leave a boat for other work if they experience exploitation or abusive conditions without fear of deportation.
According to the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea (Premar Manche), on Monday, April 22, the fishing vessel ‘Saint Jean Pierre’ caught fire in the English Channel traffic separation scheme about 26 nm off Boulogne-sur-Mer. Although the crew were rescued, the vessel sank within hours.
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