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US fishing companies to pay $400,000 over illegal oil discharge

Two US fishing companies and two individuals have agreed to pay a total of $414,000 in civil penalties and to perform fleet-wide improvements to resolve federal Clean Water Act claims stemming from oily bilge discharges from the fishing vessel ‘Challenge’, and a related fuel oil discharge in August 2017 in New Bedford.

Russia extends support for construction of fishing vessels

The Russian Government introduced an official order, dated 28 April 2018, which extends subsidies to Russian transport and shipping companies for partial covering of interest rates on loans obtained from Russian credit institutions for the purchase of fishing vessels.

Infographic: Lessons learned from fishing vessels accidents

The European Maritime Safety Agency issued an infographic, describing lessons learned  from accidents through the European Marine Casualty Information Platform. In this infographic EMSA presents accidents that took place on fishing vessels. As the infographic shows there were a total of 2404 incidents involving fishing vessels

Lack of safety compliance causes fatal man overboard

Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board issued an investigation report on a crewman’s fatal fall overboard from a fishing vessel, east of Kilmichael Point, back in November 2016. The report identified issues related to lack of safety culture and training, as well as to non compliance with safety regulations.

Crew fatality after entanglement with gear stresses potting hazards

A deckhand onboard a potter became entangled in the gear that was being shot away. The deckhand was dragged overboard and remained submerged for approximately 15 minutes before he was hauled to the surface with the pot hauler. The UK MAIB issued an investigation report.

Poor maintenance of electrical equipment leads to fishing vessel total loss

In latest edition of its Safety Digest, the UK MAIB describes a case of fire in the crew mess room of a fishing vessel that was secured alongside in port. The three crew who were sleeping onboard escaped without injury, but the vessel was extensively damaged. The investigation identified that electrical failure was the key cause.

Owner of pirate fishing vessel ‘Thunder’ fined €8.2 million

Florindo González Corral, the Spanish fishing tycoon who owned the pirate fishing vessel ‘Thunder’, has been fined 8.2 million euros in a civil case brought by the Spanish government. Thunder was an INTERPOL-wanted fishing vessel involved in more than 10 years of illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean, before its captain deliberately sank it in Gulf of Guinea.

Ghana commits to improve its fishing industry

A meeting was organised by the Environmental Justice Foundation, Hen Mpoano and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. It brought together all levels of decision makers, from traditional authorities, to local and national government, and discussed how the voluntary guidelines could inform law making in Ghana to save the future of fishing communities.

How fisheries impact global carbon emissions

Catching most types of fish produces far less carbon per kilo of protein than land-based alternatives, such as beef or lamb, according to a new study by IMAS and Canadian scientists. The study provides the first global breakdown of wild fishery emissions by country and compares the carbon impact of each nation’s fishing industry with agriculture and livestock production.

Lessons learned: Submarine snagging into fishing gears

The UK MAIB presented a submarine’s hit into a fishing vessel’s gear, which put the fishermen’s life at great risk. UK MAIB emphasized that the responsibility for collision avoidance between a dived submarine and any other vessel rests entirely with the submarine’s command team. In this case, the crew misinterpreted the noise of the fishing vessels as a noise coming from a merchant ship.


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