In light of today’s European Fish Dependence Day, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) informed that from now, the EU has used up all of its own seafood resources and now has to rely entirely on its imports for the rest of 2019, to meet demand. Europe consumes far more seafood than it can catch in domestic waters or produce in fish farms.
Seaspan Shipyards delivered the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), the CCGS Sir John Franklin, to the Canadian Coast Guard. According to the shipyard, ‘The CCGS Sir John Franklin is the first large vessel to be built and delivered to the Government of Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.’
The European Union published an infographic, providing information of the Illegal, Unreported and Undocumented (IUU) fishing, which still is on the rise in many countries. Specifically, fishing can be though of as illegal when there’s no authorization, when it is against conservation and management measures by RFMOs and when it is against national laws and international regulations.
The European Union applauds Taiwan’s attempts on tackling illegal fishing. Thus, the European Commission decided to lift the yellow card acknowledging the progress made by Taiwan and the major upgrade of its fisheries legal and administrative systems to fight against IUU fishing. The EU and Taiwan will continue addressing labour conditions in the fishing sector in the framework of their human rights consultations.
The 2019 Trafficking in Persons report, was published by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, focusing on government efforts to tackle human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims. This year’s report, the 19th installment, includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the U.S.
Norwegian Government’s State Secretary Marianne Hagen commented on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean, during a ministerial conference. She highlighted that Somali piracy hasn’t been eradicated yet. The State Secretary noted that Norway wishes to maintain its capacity on prosecuting and imprisoning pirates here in the region, with Mauritius, the Seychelles and Kenya as important partners.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) called on the Thai government to implement and enforce the ‘Work in Fishing’ Convention, and ratify ILO Conventions 87 and 98, to decrease the risks of forced labour or labour rights abuses in seafood industry supply chains in Thailand.
The Environmental Justice Foundation filmed illegal activities as they took place at sea and undertook first-hand monitoring at ports and data analysis to present the full catastrophic scale of this form of organised crime. ‘Saiko’ is a form of illegal fishing, where foreign trawlers target the staple catch of Ghanaian canoe fishers and sell this stolen fish back to local communities at a profit.
Tidal energy specialist Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd, the Scottish University of Dundee, the marine equipment supplier Gael Force Group; and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) are exploring the development of a ‘groutless’ anchoring technology for the aquaculture industry.
Oceana published an investigative report showcasing the power of technology to shed light on possible illegal fishing and human rights abuses at sea. Using the Global Fishing Watch mapping platform, Oceana analyzed the activities of vessels with histories of possible illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, forced labor or human trafficking.
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