NOAA Fisheries revealed plans to use autonomous surface vehicles for collecting some critical data to support management of commercial fishery in Alaska. This will help fill the information gap resulting from the cancellation of surveys due to COVID-19.
Four US institutions have received $1.1 million in grants to support regional fisheries studies that will collect data vital to the ongoing development of the offshore wind industry in North America.
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.
The US Coast Guard informed that its law enforcement crews detected and interdicted three Mexican lancha boat crews illegally fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, on Wednesday February 27. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing. Overall, 3,533 lbs of red snapper and 1,122 lbs of shark was on board the lanchas.
The US Senate has passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill 94-6, that provides several regulatory updates for the US fishing sector. Namely, the bill permanently exempts fishing vessels from EPA water discharge requirements. The bill also increased the size of new vessels that must be maintained to class standards.
US Coast Guard law enforcement crews of Corpus Christi, Texas has detected and interdicted two Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off southern Texas. A lancha is a Mexican fishing boat approximately 20-30 feet long with a slender profile.
A US court ruled that NOAA Fisheries illegally withdrew a proposed rule that would have established limits on bycatch of protected species caught in California’s swordfish drift gillnet fishery. The decision does not immediately imposes the caps, but requires NOAA Fisheries to either revive the regulations or come up with any potential revisions.
The ‘Human Trafficking and IUU Fishing Act’ would add the Secretary of Commerce to the President’s existing Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, in response to the growing human trafficking, forced labor, and human rights abuses in global seafood supply chain.
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.
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