Posts Tagged 'Illegal fishing'

Zimbabweans Find Risk and Reward in Illegal Fishing

As boats near the shore, fishermen in cut-off shorts and worn T-shirts hop into waist-deep water to pull their boats onto the gravel. Their skin is dark, almost black, burned by hours spent on the water in the punishing sun. The boats are flimsy, made of recycled building materials, like thin asbestos sheets held together by bolts and cement. The boats fill with water easily, and the fishermen constantly scoop out water as they fish. […]

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Indonesia to sink scores of boats to deter illegal fishing

Indonesia began sinking dozens of impounded foreign boats Saturday (May 4) to deter illegal fishing in its waters, a week after a naval vessel clashed with a Vietnamese coastguard near the South China Sea. Up to 51 foreign boats – including from Vietnam, Malaysia and China – will be scuttled at several different locations over the next two weeks, officials said. Over a dozen were scuttled Saturday near Pontianak, in West Kalimantan province. Fisheries minister […]

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French navy deploys albatrosses to detect illegal fishing

Mariners of old believed that an albatross following their ship signified good luck, but those illegally trawling the Indian Ocean now have cause to be wary of the seabirds. About 250 albatrosses are being equipped with tiny transceivers that will pick up trawlers’ radar signals. Their locations will be transmitted to the French navy, which will use the data to identify vessels fishing in prohibited waters in the Indian Ocean, off the remote French islands […]

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As the UN tightens the net around illegal fishing, now is the time to act

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, nearly 10,000 lbs of fish will be stolen from the world’s oceans. Illegal fishing, which accounts for up to 26m tons of seafood annually, robs legitimate fishers and governments of revenue, undermines the accuracy of fisheries’ stock assessments and threatens the stability of coastal communities that rely on the legal trade. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing occurs in all the world’s oceans and takes many […]

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Illegal fishing worth $600m in the Pacific amounts to ‘daylight robbery’

Illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean is costing more than $600m a year and is mainly being carried out by legally licensed fishing vessels, a report has found. The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency released the 100-page report, which is the first in-depth attempt to investigate, quantify and place a monetary value on the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices (IUU) in the region. The report found the main perpetrators of IUU fishing were licensed […]

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