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Bunker vessels able to help tackle illegal fishing

Bunker vessels could be proven useful in tracking down illegal fishing and discover the criminal networks behind it, an Australian study indicated. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, is very difficult to monitor and many of the ships involved in the illegal practice operate far from shore, where surveillance is not easy to take place.

USCG: Safety suggestions for ice fishermen

The US Coast Guard is calling ice fishermen and the public to be very careful and be prepared while on Lake Champlain. Ice can be very dangerous, making people or heavy objects susceptible to falling through. In case this happens, every minute will count. For this reason, preparation may be crucial and be the difference between life and death.

IMO SDC 6: Polar safety measures for fishing vessels and yachts

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, considered a first set of draft recommendations for fishing vessels and pleasure yachts operating in Polar waters, but are not already covered by the mandatory Polar Code, the so-called ‘non-SOLAS’ ships.

Irish migrant fisher workers’ scheme overrides human rights

Four United Nations human rights officials have strongly criticised the British Government’s scheme governing protection and labour rights for migrant fishermen from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The letter focuses on modern forms of racism, slavery and on trafficking in persons.

EJF: South Korea lets illegal fishing vessels sell their products

As EJF reported, the South Korean Government allowed illegally-caught fishing vessels in Antarctic waters, by allowing the owner to sell the catch on the global seafood market. A fish traceability system is crucial to prevent similar cases. Specifically, International and Korean NGOs have issued a statement according to which the Korean Governments is handling of the case of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing that occurred in the Antarctic.

Spain accedes to Cape Town Agreement for fishing safety

Spain has become the latest country to accede to IMO’s Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety, significantly boosting the number of vessels needed for entry into force. The entry into force of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement is expected to result in fewer accidents, and a more effective infrastructure for monitoring illegal fishing.

US urged to act on Māui dolphins extinction

Sea Shepherd submitted a petition to the US government for emergency rulemaking, demanding it to fulfill its obligations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to protect the Māui dolphin. Actually, the organization formally demanded that the Trump Administration immediately ban all imports from New Zealand fisheries that are driving the Māui dolphin to extinction. 

World’s biggest fish factory vessel remains on IUU list

After Oceana’s investigation, the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) announced its decision to keep the fish factory vessel ‘Vladivostok 2000’ (previously named Damanzaihao) on the list of illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels. In the meantime, the Organisation warned China, Panama and Cook Islands for providing assistance to the vessel.

Thailand enters Work in Fishing Convention

Thailand is the first country in Asia to accept the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), that protects the living and working conditions of fishers onboard vessels. The Convention has specific requirements related to work on board fishing vessels, including occupational safety and health, medical care at sea and ashore, rest periods, written work agreements, and social security protection.

USCG conducts patrols on fishery regs in the High Seas

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) continue their South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and global security missions. Mellon’s crew is helping the Commission enforce its regulations on the tuna fishing industry, a $5 billion per year fishery that is essential to economies in the South Pacific.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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