illegal fishing

US sees more countries tangled in human trafficking through fishing industry

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.

IMO, Pew Charitable Trust raise awareness for Cape Town Agreement

IMO has collaborated with the NGO ‘Pew Charitable Trust’, to organise a series of seminars for government officials and industry representatives in key developing countries, to raise awareness of the Cape Town Agreement and the benefits of ratifying it. The Cape Town Agreement addresses fishing vessel safety.

What is on the agenda for MSC 99?

MSC 99 will examine how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships may be introduced in IMO instruments. Previous Committee had recognized that IMO should take a proactive and leading role on this issue, given the rapid developments.

Infographic: How illegal fishing threatens crew safety

Pew Charitable Trusts issued an informative infographic revealing that the financial drivers behind illegal fishing can lead to poor safety and labor conditions for vessel crews. When stocks are overfished, fishers’ catch and income are reduced.

IMO promotes fishing vessel safety agreement

IMO says that one this Agreement becomes fully ratified and effective, there will be an internationally binding agreement which will facilitate better control of fishing vessel safety by flag, port and coastal States. It will also contribute to the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

USCG, Navy conclude safety mission

The Coast Guard and Navy completed a 18-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific, under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.

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