News Links, Week of January 17

Each week, the International MCS Network compiles the latest news in the field of fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance.  Please send news links and relevant stories to mcs.network@imcsnet.org to be included in next week’s links.

Sierra Leone arrest pirate vessel using donated Isle of Man patrol boat

Dec 21, 2012

EJF

“Sierra Leone’s Minister of Fisheries has announced the arrest of a pirate fishing vessel. The vessel was arrested using a patrol craft donated by the Government of the Isle of Man and is the latest in a string of arrests designed to rid Sierra Leonean waters of illegal operators.”

400 Species in Lake Victoria Disappear due to Illegal Fishing

Jan 6, 2013

Daily News

“Illegal fishing together with destruction of the environment has resulted into depletion of at least 400 fish species in Lake Victoria in the last four decades.”

Man who illegally imported caviar sentenced after 23 years

Jan 9, 2013

FIS

“A food distributor charged with illegally importing Russian and Iranian caviar and dodging taxes has been released from jail and will be deported back to Italy within days.”

Tough Call: The Scale Of Illegal Fishing Problem

Jan 9, 2013

Tribune242.com

“Both the PLP and the FNM pledged to upgrade the Defence Force with more marines, ships and aircraft to address poaching. But fiscal realities have forced the government to cancel these proposed investments.”

Understanding agreement on fisheries control signed with Norway

Jan 10,2013

FIS

“The head of the Secretariat General of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Carlos Dominguez, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Norwegian fisheries authorities in connection with monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries.”

Use of illegal fishing gear declines

Jan 11, 2013

The Daily News, Tanzania

“The Mwanza regional fisheries department has revealed that the use of illegal fishing gear such as gillnets, in Lake Victoria, has decreased to 39.31 per cent due to regular patrols in the lake.”

Improving International Fisheries Management

January 2013

NOAA

“Report to Congress Pursuant to Section 403(a) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006”

Ghana: U.S. Partners With 10 Nations to Combat Illegal Fishing

Jan 15, 2013

AllAfrica

“The United States is working with officials in 10 nations to address illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2011 or 2012, or that had ineffective measures to prevent the unintended catch of protected species in 2012.”

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