The fleet of 15 industrial fishing vessels arrested for targeting sharks by Timor Leste authorities in September 2017 have been released without charge, according to Sea Shepherd. In September 2017, Sea Shepherd supported the Timor Leste National Police in a dawn raid of the Fu Yuan Yu fleet.
A US Coast Guard cutter crew issued a violation to commercial fishermen who caught salmon outside of the fishing season 20 miles off the coast of Newport, Oregon, on Sunday. Commercial fishing for salmon is closed in the area between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain and does not re-open until 5 July.
South Africa has become the 25th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above.
Represented by Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council and the National Fish Processors and Traders Association, Ghana’s small-scale fishers, fish traders and processors came together last week to make their priorities clear as the country’s fisheries laws are reformed, EJF informed.
To address questions like what is sustainable fishing, the European Transport Workers’ Federation and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions hosted a seminar about the future of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy in Málaga, Spain. The seminar considered the safety, wellbeing and working conditions of the fishery sector.
The European Commission recently published its proposal updating the rules on monitoring and control of fishing activities in EU waters. While the proposal makes promising suggestions for more effective control, the EJF is concerned that ‘the process has been rushed, with insufficient consultation of stakeholders’.
In its latest annual report, UK MAIB includes an overview of accidents reported, a summary of investigations started, details of investigation reports published and marine accident statistics. Regarding fishing vessels, UK MAIB reported that the loss rate of fishing vessels is the lowest ever recorded, at 0.11% of the fleet.
TAIC issued an investigation report on the sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Francie’ in inclement weather off Kaipara Harbour in November 2016, which killed eight people. TAIC highlighted that the eight passengers would have better chances of survival, had they wearing life-jackets in accordance with maritime safety rules.
US Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted two Mexican lancha boats, with a total of eight Mexican fishermen onboard, engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, on Monday. Both lancha boats, with fishing gear onboard, were seized.
The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley detained the fishing vessel ‘Run Da’ as it was suspected of illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing activity, on Saturday June 23, in international waters 860 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan. The captain of the Run Da admitted to fishing with driftnets up to 5.6 miles in length, while the joint boarding team discovered one ton of squid and 80 tons of chum salmon on board.
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