fishing vessels

USCG: Waste Reception Facilities on fishing ports

In the last post of USCG’s series on Waste Reception Facility regulatory requirements, the Facility Safety Branch staff discusses how MARPOL 73/78 governing waste reception facilities applies to the three different categories of commercial fishing ports.

US suits company over pollution crimes

The US have filed a civil enforcement action against Azure Fishery LLC, the company’s managers, the operator of the commercial fishing vessel Jaxon T, and the new owner of the vessel for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The US also lodged a partial settlement to resolve the claims against the two company managers.

USCG investigates fishing vessel for discharging oil

The US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, along with the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, and the Coast Guard Investigative Service agents are investigating the fishing vessel Mark I for knowingly discharging oil overboard in Canadian waters.

US fishing companies to pay $400,000 over illegal oil discharge

Two US fishing companies and two individuals have agreed to pay a total of $414,000 in civil penalties and to perform fleet-wide improvements to resolve federal Clean Water Act claims stemming from oily bilge discharges from the fishing vessel ‘Challenge’, and a related fuel oil discharge in August 2017 in New Bedford.

Project launched to collect ghost gear in UK

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative announced that Fathoms Free and Cornish marine conservation volunteers dived with World Animal Protection, on Saturday April 8, from Penzance harbour, UK, to uncover fishing litter deep in coastal waters, as both seals and whales caught in ghost gear have been recently reported in the area.

Seafood processor fined for polluting Alaska waters

The US Department of Justice announced that the federal court in Washington sentenced East West Seafoods company to pay $50,000 in fines, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Clean Water Act and the Refuse Act, by intentionally discharging oily bilge water into the ocean off Alaska, and then presenting false records to the USCG.

US: Captain pleads guilty for discharging waste into the sea

US Department of Justice announced that a captain of the fishing vessel “Native Sun” pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle, Washington, for discharging oily-waste directly into the ocean, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and the federal conspiracy statute.

EU aquaculture branded as sustainable without evidence

The Fishery Committee has adopted the political agreement on the Data Collection Framework regulation agreed between Parliament and Council in December 2016. While the new EU regulation will provide EU decision makers with a sufficient scope of data for more informed policy making, it also hides a few paradoxes.

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