News Links, Week of September 5

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 to be included in next week’s links.

Macedonia and Albania tackle illegal fishing

September 2, 2013

“Macedonia and Albania are taking measures to suppress growing organised crime involving the illegal catch and distribution of fish across the border in the Prespa and Ohrid lakes areas, officials said”

Justice sought for Thai fishers

Septmeber 3, 2013

“The International Labour Organization (ILO) report Employment Practices and Working Conditions in Thailand’s Fishing Sector reveals evidence of forced labour, debt bondage and violence”

Crackdown proposed on illegal fishing

September 4, 2013

“There’s something fishy going on in tuna catch zones of small Pacific nations, and New Zealand wants to get to the bottom of it”

Ten Lankans held for illegal fishing in Indians waters

September 4, 2013

“Ten Sri Lankan fishermen, who were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard in two different incidents for allegedly entering Indians waters illegally and fishing last month, have been handed over to police”

The New Indian Express

Oman is the first Arab state to ratify treaty to stem illegal fishing

September 4, 2013

“The government of Oman formally ratified the Port State Measures Agreement, or PSMA, a key international treaty to keep illegally caught fish from entering the market”

The PEW Charitable Trusts

Illegal Fishing in Pacific Nets $1.5 Million in Penalties

September 4, 2013

“A federal investigation recently resulted in huge fines against six vessels that broke laws designed to protect tuna stocks and whales, NOAA announced Wednesday”

Honolulu Civil Beat

 Observers help crack down on illegal tuna fishing

September 5, 2013

“Evidence given by Pacific Island fisheries observers has helped secure judgements against the owners, operators and fishing masters of six tuna purse seiners, with heavy fines imposed – over USD 1.5 million in total”

Solomon Star

Kiwis launch Pacific naval patrol

September 5, 2013

“Four officers from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have recently completed a deployment in the Pacific with the Royal New Zealand Navy aboard HMNZS Wellington”

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