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Animations present the dangers of oil and gas infrastructure for fishing

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.

New algorithm monitors global fishing fleet

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.

France accedes to fishing vessel safety treaty

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.

USCG issues violations for illegal fishing near Cape Romain

On Thursday, a US Coast Guard boarding team issued fishing and safety violations to the 44-foot fishing vessel ‘The Long Line’, after it was found actively laying and retrieving fishing pots in a prohibited area, 19 miles east of Cape Romain, South Carolina.

USCG reports 28 accidents since crab season began off Oregon

Since the commercial Dungeness crab season began on January 15th, USCG Marine Safety Unit Portland investigators have responded to 28 accidents involving commercial fishing vessels, with most recent causalities including loss of propulsion, loss of steering, loss of power, fire, collisions, grounding and personnel injuries.