ICCT issued five briefing papers summarizing HFO use in the IMO Polar Code Arctic, for 2015. While ships registered in Russia consumed the most HFO by far in the region in 2015, followed by Denmark and South Korea, Russian-flagged fishing vessels emitted about 10 tonnes of BC, 10-times more than Denmark and South Korea.
The US Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted two lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters, off southern Texas, on Saturday morning and Sunday night. A total of seven Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing.
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.
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.
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.
Tanzanian authorities have issued fines of over €6 million to a fleet of 19 foreign-registered fishing vessels, which fled Tanzania without submitting to the required inspections, in a bid to respond to the illegal activities taking place on fishing vessels within Tanzanian waters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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