During the International Day Against IUU fishing, June 5, five organizations launched a report outlining the minimum transparency and anti-IUU fishing measures deemed vital for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs). The recommendations span from the point of harvest, through the landing, transportation and trade of fish products, including traceability systems along the value chain.
Responding to scientific advice that several important Baltic fish populations cannot be fished sustainably, four non-governmental organisations have demanded a halt to fishing for overfishing in the Baltic. Coalition Clean Baltic, Oceana, Our Fish and WWF urged the European Commission to not exceed the scientific advice provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) when setting all fishing limits in the Baltic Sea.
The DSCC welcomed the call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining in international waters by the Long Distance Fleet Advisory Council of the European Union. LDAC highlighted concerns by scientists, the fishing industry and environmental organisations regarding the possible affects on fisheries, fish and other species in the oceans and loss of marine biodiversity due to deep-sea mining.
Trump Administration wants to auction leases for offshore wind farms in the waters off New York and New Jersey, overlooking the fact that huge amounts of scallops are abundant in these water areas. The area of the Atlantic is home to some of the world’s richest scallop beds, and erecting turbines nearly as tall as the Chrysler Building could make mollusks much harder to harvest, Bloomberg reports.
Marks & Spencer and Waitrose & Partners have signed the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Charter for Transparency. They now join the Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco in making a pledge to make sure their seafood supply chains are free from illegal fishing and human rights abuse. According to EJF, this is a significant step forward, as together these five companies represent the vast majority of grocery sales in the UK.
The Chilean government announced that it will make its vessel tracking data available to public through the Global Fishing Watch map (GFW), which tracks the movements of commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. The agreement was made between Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (or SERNAPESCA) and GFW.
The 6th session of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 6), held from 29 April to 3 May, marked progress with the review of the STCW Convention for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995, which entered into force in 2012.
Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on a fatal accident involving the fishing vessel ‘Fv Julie Eleanor’ in Galway Bay, in November 2017. The report stressed that the vessel did not comply with safety regulations and that the fisher onboard did not wear a PFD.
Oceana recently launched a set of guidelines to help insurers in controlling or mitigating the risk of insuring vessels and companies associated with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The guidelines were established together with UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative.
Indonesia sank 51 foreign fishing vessels as part of the government’s attempts to tackle illegal fishing. The seized ships were sunk on May 4, of which 38 were Vietnamese, 6 Malaysian, 2 Chinese, 1 Filipino, and the rest were foreign-owned ships flying the Indonesian flag. Speaking about the occasion, Susi Pudjiastuti, the fisheries minister, noted that illegal fishing ships are threatening the local fishing industry.
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