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New requirements for fishing vessels in the Eastern Baltic Sea from 2020

Following an EU ban on cod fishing in Baltic Sea in late July, the Commission has recently made a new proposal in an effort to reinforce control and data collection in the area and assist all fishermen affected by the closure of the Easter Baltic cod fishery. Namely, the Commission suggests that from 2020, those vessels should be equipped with a vessel monitoring system or other equivalent electronic monitoring system and have observers onboard. This would allow scientists to gather more and better data on the stock.

48 States sign public declaration on fishing vessel safety

48 states signed a public declaration to indicate their determination to ratify the 2012 Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety at a Ministerial Conference held in Torremolinos, Spain. This is a significant regime to create much-needed safety standards for fishing vessels.

Panama publishes its fishing vessels tracking data

During a world leaders meeting in Oslo, Panama revealed its vessel tracking data through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW), highlighting the importance of vessel monitoring in the fishing sector, boosting transparency on enhancing fisheries management.

Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principles join fishing vessel safety treaty

The Cook Islands and Sao Tome and Principles are the latest states to join the Cape Town Agreement in efforts to bring mandatory safety measures for fishing vessels of 24 m in length and over. The states support the implementation of safety measures for the fishing sector in efforts to better protect those working in the industry.

Thailand commits to promote fisheries reforms

Thai Deputy Prime Minister, General Prawit Wongsuwan, during a meeting with the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Executive Director, Steve Trent, committed to protect and build on recent fisheries reforms.

Watch: Blockchain solution to improve seafood traceability

IBM and Raw Seafoods are collaborating through the IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-based platform that promotes food traceability, safety, and sustainability. This information will automatically be shared with other members of the scallop supply chain.

Ghana issues $1 million fine to trawler for illegal fishing

A trawler has been arrested in Ghanaian waters after having been caught on illegally fishing at least 13.9 tonnes of small pelagic fish in a single day, using illegal nets, and has been ordered to pay a fine of $1 million by the Ghanaian authorities.

UK, SAMSA partner to fight deaths of fishermen

The reduction and prevention of deaths of fishermen along South Africa’s coastal area is among key priorities of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Now, efforts towards this goal are beginning to pay off, due to strategic partnerships domestically and abroad.

Maritime NZ launches ‘Intoxication’ campaign for fishers

The challenges of life onboard a vessel may make crews more eager to the use of drugs or alcohol, which has implications for the safety of the vessel and everyone onboard; Thus, Maritime New Zealand cooperated with The Federation of Commercial Fishermen, Seafood NZ, Fishing InShore New Zealand, Moana Fisheries and Guard Safety to develop a comprehensive health and safety campaign.

Watch: Fourth fishing trawler arrested in the Gambian waters

The Government of the Gambia collaborated with the Sea Shepherd arresting a fourth trawler, fishing vessel ‘Niam Niokho’ for fishing within The Gambia’s nine-nautical mile Special Management Area reserved for artisanal fishermen in less than a month.

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