MCS News Links, Week of Oct 16

Pirate fishermen sell illegal haul to Europeans

Oct 10, 2012

Deutsche Welle

“A two-year investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has found evidence of illegally caught fish entering the European market. The British-based environmental and human rights charity says nine out of 10 trawlers caught fishing illegally in Sierra Leone are actually accredited to export their catch to Europe.”

At sea in illegal fishing battle

Oct 10, 2012

Bangkok Post

“Despite the fisherfolks’ protests for a more effective legal ban against trawlers, fisheries authorities are planning to give the trawlers a blanket amnesty while their illegal fishing continues unabated.”

Illegal Fishing Threatens Tonle Sap Lake Villagers’ Livelihood

Oct 10, 2012

Voice of America

“Villagers on Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, who depend on fishing for subsistence, say their livelihoods are threatened by illegal commercial fishing, which continues after a government ban.  And they say authorities in charge of enforcing the ban are being bribed to look the other way.”

Fisherman criticizes fisheries management cuts

Oct 10, 2012

CBC News

“The head of a Nova Scotia fishermen’s group is criticizing a Fisheries and Oceans Canada decision to download more management costs to fishermen.

In addition to previously announced changes — including requiring fishermen to pay for tags and log books — the federal government has decided to stop paying for observers on fishing vessels.”

West African fishing communities drive off ‘pirate’ fishing trawlers

Oct 11, 2012

The Guardian

“International vessels operating illegally in protected waters have stayed away after being filmed and identified by local fishers.”

Commercial Prawn Trawler Alleged to Have Illegally Modified Nets

Oct 11, 2012

Australia- “A north coast commercial fisher has been detected allegedly covering bycatch reduction devices on prawn nets when fishing at night in ocean waters on the Mid North Coast.”

EFCA maintains EUR 9.2 million budget

Oct 12, 2012

“The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) approved the 2013-2017 multiannual work programme, the annual programme and budget for next year, which will amount to EUR 9.2 million, the same amount as the final figure for accounts in 2012.”

Basque tuna vessel repels pirate attack in Indian Ocean

Oct 12, 2012

“Sources of the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) and of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) confirmed that the ship Izurdia — owned by the company Atunsa — was attacked by a pirate ship 350 miles off the Somali coast.”

Some Boats Must Have New Locators by Jan.

Oct 13, 2012

Courthouse News Service (Canada)

“Atlantic fishing boats in highly migratory species fisheries subject to vessel monitoring requirements must have an E-MTU vessel monitoring system installed by Jan. 1, 2013.”

Authorities Arrest Fishing Vessels for Blast Fishing

Oct 15, 2012

Australia- “Border Protection Command (BPC) together with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has apprehended two foreign fishing vessels suspected of illegally ‘blast fishing’ in

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