Via The Jakarta Post
"The stateless fish-poaching boat had 20 crew members onboard, 14 of which are Indonesian while the remaining six are Russian. The vessel was equipped with 600 sets of gill nets. Each gill net is 50 meters long, indicating that the ship has the capacity to sweep up to 30 square kilometers in the water."
"Australia's Maritime Border Command, working with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), has apprehended two Papua New Guinean (PNG) banana boats in the Torres Strait for suspected illegal fishing."
"A new report raises concerns that when fishing vessels "go dark" by switching off electronic tracking devices, in many cases they are doing so to mask the taking of illegal catches in protected marine parks and restricted national waters."
"Thailand has marked and locked up some 1,160 vessels for not possessing legal registrations or fishing licenses, and 13 police officers have been deployed to work full-time at monitoring for illegal fishing."
Via Hakai Magazine
"While the IWC voted to enact a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982, the worrisome loss of whales was noticeable much earlier. In 1946, whaling nations formed the IWC and attempted to make the industry more sustainable through gradual rules, quotas, and size limits. It wasn’t working—in the following three decades, Soviet fleets secretly killed almost 180,000 whales, and in the process irreparably harmed the population of North Pacific right whales."
Via The Guardian
"A new slavery risk register published in the US on Thursday has singled out the UK’s queen and giant scallops fisheries as the most at risk of modern slavery after a Guardian investigation found allegations of bonded labour in the industry."
"The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, known best for its red, yellow and green sustainable seafood-rating scheme, is unveiling its first Seafood Slavery Risk Tool on Thursday. It's a database designed to help corporate seafood buyers assess the risk of forced labor, human trafficking and hazardous child labor in the seafood they purchase."
Via Xinhua Net
"Speaking at a symposium at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji's Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing robbed the rich Pacific island nations of its development opportunities as it reduced revenue from fisheries, undermined investment and employment opportunities that threatened the sustainability of fish stocks."
Via Viet Nam News
"Between May 2018 and 2020, the action plan will enhance measures to end illegal fishing of Vietnamese fishing boats and fishermen in waters of other countries and in international waters. Leaders of provinces and cities must be responsible for their localities’ fishing boats abroad. Fishing boat owners, captains, fishermen and organisations who support IUU fishing will face fines."