fishing vessels

UK public organisation calls fishermen to participate in fishing survey

Seafish launches its annual survey, beginning from July 15 and will run until September, focusing on having a better insight into UK’s fishing fleet and its economic performance. Thus, the organisation asks for skippers and shipowners to take part into the survey and provide their feedback. 

UK to review the fishing training and certification regulations

The Maritime and Coastguard agency examines all of fishermen’s training and certification regulations, as it aims to update the UK’s training and examination system for fishermen in order to boost their skills and also improve safety in seas.

UK seafood industry wants exports to be protected ahead of Brexit

Actors of the Scottish seafood industry have told UK environment and food secretary Michael Gove, that more needs to be done in order to protect exports after Brexit. More specifically, they worry about delays of fresh fish being delivered by truck to Europe.

IMO to boost safety of ships and fishing in Ghana

Fishing is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the world and, in spite of improvements in technology, the loss of life in the fisheries sector is unacceptably high.  In order to improve the safety of fishers and fishing vessels, IMO has established, over the years, various initiatives, culminating with the adoption of the Cape Town Agreement of 2012.

EU consumes more seafood that it can catch in domestic waters or produce

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.

Poor lookout of Filipino fishers caused Recto Bank allision, says PCG

The Filipino fishing boat ‘F/B Gem-Vir I’ was hit by a Chinese vessel because the Filipino fishermen failed to maintain a proper lookout, said the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) following investigation of the incident that occurred on 9 June, off the West Philippine Sea. 

Lessons Learned: Automatic bilge pumps only stay automatic for so long

As UK MAIB presents in its latest Safety Digest, three fishermen went to haul some static nets. Yet, after sometime the vessel began sinking and the fishermen had to urgently call the coastguard to come to the rescue. Later on, the inspection showed that some equipment was outdated and wasn’t working, despite the fact that the vessel had been updated by one of the fishermen five years ago. 

Crew disables audible alarm, no warning over vessel’s flooding

In the latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB published a maritime incident, according to which a skipper and its fellow crew decided to anchore after many days of fishing. Yet, the vessel started sinking rapidly. A possible factor that caused the incident is fatigue, as all members of the vessel worked long hours.

Raising the emergency alarm on time is vital for the rescue

UK MAIB, in the latest Safety Digest, addresses a situation where a potter was returning to harbour, when the sea conditions became rough. Eventually, the vessel sank and the crew fell in the sea waiting for Coast Guard’s rescue. 

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