"Environmental NGO Oceana and a group of leading marine insurers have released a statement on safeguards to reduce the threat of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The group has commited to implement and promote due-diligence processes that will make it harder for blacklisted fishing vessels to find insurance coverage."
A new alliance has formed called Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) . "SALT is designed to be a forum for participating countries and companies to discuss strategies on how to better manage markets and fisheries, as well as the challenges they face in tracking illegal fishing."
"The Ecuadoran government demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting its waters from illegal activity today when it handed down a $5.9 million fine to a Chinese refrigerated cargo vessel owner and a four year prison sentence to its captain for the illegal transport of sharks and shark fins in the protected waters of the Galapagos."
"Oceana’s investigation exposes unlawful fishing by EU-flagged vessels from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and calls for global reforms to increase transparency in international fisheries governance"
"“There were thousands, if not tens of thousands, of sharks,” Salinas says. “This is going to be historic. The biggest seizure of sharks in the history of the Galápagos, for sure.”"
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"Australian researchers collaborated with Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan to create algorithms that crunch big data to detect suspicious fishing activity and alert local authorities."
"Greenpeace's investigations into slavery in the fishing industry helped prompt a global fishing company to announced big changes today. Those investigations were led by the environmental lobby group's Auckland office."
"Join us for an in-depth discussion of the recently-released Indonesian VMS data in Global Fishing Watch, led by Data Scientist Aaron Roan. Participants will learn how to interpret the VMS data, as well as the many new features offered in Global Fishing Watch beta 2.0, and have the opportunity to ask questions about our data."
"Kiwi Captain Pete Bethune and a group of Philippine Navy Special Forces recently apprehended a pirate fishing vessel while allegedly fishing illegally with “Danish Seine” trawling equipment. Such active fishing gear was banned in 2014 in the Philippines due to its destructive nature."
"A bill that would authorize Marine Patrol officers in the Department of Marine Resources to conduct surreptitious electronic surveillance of lobster boats drew mixed reviews at a hearing by the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee in April. But at a work session last Wednesday, the committee voted to recommend passage of an amended version of the bill."