News Links, Week of August 22

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.

Korean-flagged vessel charged with illegal fishing in Liberia

August 15, 2013

“A Korean-flagged vessel has been charged with illegal fishing by the Government of Liberia. It is currently under arrest in the port of Monrovia and faces millions of dollars of fines for fishing in Liberian waters without a license”

Environmental Justice Foundation

We have banned slavery on land – how about the ocean?

August 20, 2013

“In most parts of the world, workers enjoyed better working conditions at the end of the 20th Century than they did at the beginning”

Japan fishery industry under threat

August 20, 2013

“The 15th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo kicks off in Tokyo tomorrow and, until relatively recently, the event would be a beacon of pride for the country.  But the challenges facing its fishermen today are multiple and complex”

 Greenpeace calls for urgent action to protect Pacific tuna stocks

August 21, 2013

“Greenpeace is calling for urgent action, saying Pacific tuna stocks are continuing to fall at an alarming rate and existing protection measures are failing”

Radio New Zealand International

Sealord fishing tactics come unstuck

August 21, 2013

“One of New Zealand’s biggest fishing companies hid its Indian Ocean operations from competitors by renaming and reflagging a ship which it then sold to itself in tax havens”

Paua poacher shells out 11 months in prison

August 22, 2013

“A 30 year-old Richmond man received a prison sentence in the Nelson District Court yesterday for breaches to the Fisheries Act 1996 after being found guilty on charges relating to paua poaching”

Subpesca launches public registry of tradable fishing licenses

August 23, 2013

“The Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) has launched the Public Registry of Tradable Fishing Licenses (TFL), which adds all the industrial shipowners operating under the regime of fishing authorizations (Maximum Catch Limits per Owner)”

FIS World News

 Major VAT fraud in Galician ports

August 23, 2013

“The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Pontevedra has opened an investigation into alleged criminal practices among port operators in Marin and Vigo, in Galicia. It is believed that in exchange for a commission, they did not declare certain sales of fish at the market to avoid paying the VAT”

FIS World News

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