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.
While South African authorities used ‘to turn a blind eye to fishing’, the Department of Fisheries and Forestry has now appointed inspectors who attend on vessels to check whether there is any illegal fish onboard, the West Club informed citing information by the South Africa P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd.
The US Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration terminated the voyage of the 83-foot commercial fishing vessel ‘Lady Kristie’, with three people aboard Thursday, after discovering multiple violations near Tortugas Ecological Reserve. Fishing in an ecological reserve violates NOAA regulations.
Master and vessel owner are ordered to pay £15,624 for fisheries offences. The hearing was conducted on January 8, at Plymouth Magistrates Court in a prosecution that was brought by the Marine Management Organisation, MMO. Two charges were brought before court concerning exceeding monthly quota limits. In addition, the defendants pleaded guilty to both charges.
The owner and captain of the Malaysian-flagged fishing vessel ‘Buah Naga 1’, that was boarded and arrested by Tanzanian law enforcement agents as part of Operation Jodari, have pleaded guilty to the charge of Unlawful Possession of Shark Fins in a plea agreement with Tanzanian prosecutors, Sea Shepherd informed.
The Bristol Magistrates Court fined an Irish fishing company and the skipper of the vessel ‘FV Ellie Adhamh’ £37,926, on 13 November. The fine was imposed due to multiple fisheries offences. The company and the skipper together pleaded guilty to all charges.
The UK Marine Management Organisation fined the master of a fishing vessel, a director of the company that owns the vessel and the company itself, £75,000 for fishing without a licence. The company, its company director, and the master all pleaded guilty in court.
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.
After a prosecution brought by the UK Marine Management Organization, Brighton Magistrates Court ordered the Master and vessel owner of the fishing vessel ‘Jennah D’ to pay £8,159 for fisheries offences on 11 July 2018. The court heard that on two occasions the ‘Jennah D’ surpassed the 1% by-catch limit for bass.
Florindo González Corral, the Spanish fishing tycoon who owned the pirate fishing vessel ‘Thunder’, has been fined 8.2 million euros in a civil case brought by the Spanish government. Thunder was an INTERPOL-wanted fishing vessel involved in more than 10 years of illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean, before its captain deliberately sank it in Gulf of Guinea.
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