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NGOs provide suggestions for 2019 total allowable catches

Ahead of the EU Fisheries Council Meeting which will take place on 17-18 December in Brussels, NGOs have written to EU Fisheries Ministers, providing recommendations for total allowable catches. These regard selected Northeast Atlantic and North Sea stocks in 2019.

Taiwan urged to ensure bigger transparency in fishing sector

In a new investigation, the EJF reported several illegal fishing practices and human rights violations related to Taiwanese vessels. As such, the NGO is calling for Taiwan to sign up to the ten principles for fisheries transparency and for immediate action to be taken to prosecute vessels and companies alleged to be involved in illegal fishing and human rights abuses.

Watch: Lifejackets crucial in overboard incidents

In its latest Maritime Safety video, CHIRP highlights the dangerous practice of fishermen of not wearing lifejackets and discussing the possible tragic consequences in overboard incidents. The report advises that all fishermen should take their personal safety into account by conducting a (dynamic) risk assessment into the possibility of falling overboard.

Thailand to be first in Asia to ratify ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention

Thailand is set become the first country in Asia to ratify the Work in Fishing Convention C188, which sets basic standards of decent work in the fishing industry. On 29 November, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly approved proposal to proceed with the ratification of ILO Work in Fishing Convention No. 188, 2007 (C188).

US Court upholds ban on Mexican seafood imports dangerous for Vaquita

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided to uphold a preliminary order implementing a federal law that requires a ban on seafood imported from Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California and caught with gillnets that drown the vaquita porpoise. The decision is critical to the survival of the remaining 15 vaquita.

Watch: Liberia arrests 13th vessel for illegal fishing in less than two years

The Liberian Coast Guard arrested a foreign-flagged industrial trawler caught plundering artisanal fishing waters, during a joint operation by Sea Shepherd and the Liberian Ministry of National Defense aiming to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Republic of Liberia, West Africa. 

New bill exempts US fishing vessels from ballast water rules

The US Senate has passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill 94-6, that provides several regulatory updates for the US fishing sector. Namely, the bill permanently exempts fishing vessels from EPA water discharge requirements. The bill also increased the size of new vessels that must be maintained to class standards.

Vatican calls for measures to end abuses in fishing sector

Speaking at a World Fisheries Day panel discussion he UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, on November 21, Vatican’s Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter KA Turkson, noted that the church should not remain silent to human rights abuses in the fishing sector.

UK court fines company, owner and master for fishing without licence

The UK Marine Management Organisation fined the master of a fishing vessel, a director of the company that owns the vessel and the company itself, £75,000 for fishing without a licence. The company, its company director, and the master all pleaded guilty in court.


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