News Links, Week of August 15

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.

 Government Orders Fishermen Registration to Combat Illegal Fishing

August 7, 2013

“The City Agriculture Office will initiate the registration of legitimate local fishermen in Surigao City and Surigao del Norte”

The FishSite

European Commission Announces Deductions from 2013 Fishing Quotas

August 9, 2013

“The European Commission has announced deductions from 2013 fishing quotas for those Member States that declared having exceeded their quotas in 2012”

European Union

Coast Guard boatcrews seize 2 lanchas, 700 pounds of catch

August 9, 2013

“Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island seized two lanchas and detained eight Mexican nationals caught illegally fishing in U.S. waters, Thursday, in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone”

US Coast Guard

Key Suspect in EJF Human Trafficking Investigation Arrested

August 13, 2013

“The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) welcomes the news that the key suspect in their investigation into human trafficking and human rights abuses in Thailand’s seafood industry has been arrested”

Environmental Justice Foundation

Governor’s help sought to end illegal fishing

August 13, 2013

“Small-scale fishermen in Prachuap Khiri Khan will gather at the provincial hall today to demand their governor take action against illegal fishing in protected areas”

Bangkok Post

Somaliland: Fisheries Ministry Encourages Local Businesses to Invest Fishing Sector, Issues a Stern Warning to Illegal Fishing Vessels

August 15, 2013

“Somaliland’s ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has encouraged local businessmen to tap on opportunities in in fishing industry and issued a stern warning to illegal vessels poaching in the country’s waters”

Qurebjoog.com

Nicaraguan Navy Fights Drug Traffic, Defends Sovereignty

August 16, 2013

“Were captured and detained 57 vessels of different nationalities with 215 crew on illegal fishing activities and 8,932 pieces of wood of different species”

Q Nicaragua

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