News Links, Week of September 12

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.

US vessels fined for fishing violations in Pacific

September 9, 2013

“Six U.S. fishing vessel owners have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for violating rules protecting tuna and marine mammals”

Hawaii News Now

INTERPOL Is After “the Snake,” a Notorious Illegal Fishing Vessel

September 9, 2013

“A rogue fishing vessel called “the Snake” is on the loose in the South Atlantic, scooping up illegal hauls of fish. It’s also inspired INTERPOL to grant its first Purple Notice—an information-gathering tool that’s been used previously in pursuit of criminals like illegal loggers or child pornographers—for illegal fishing”

Smithsonian.com

 Spain Improves its Control over Illegal Fishing

September 11, 2013

“The Secretary General of Fisheries Carlos Dominguez has stated that, in relation to the fight against illegal fishing, Spain now has better control over fish imports in the European market”

TheFishSite

Have Fisheries Programmes Been Successful in Africa?

September 12, 2013

“The success so far of the Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) phase II fish programme in strengthening fisheries management will be discussed by officials and government representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Africa”

TheFishSite

A Global Perspective on Tackling Illegal Fishing

“Fishermen around the country might be accustomed to seeing NOAA special agents and enforcement officers out on the docks, but they might not realize that NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement also is at work internationally to protect them from the illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing that threatens their income and the sustainability of shared fishery resources”

NOAA Fisheries

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