"In 2016, a number of Chinese fishing vessels were shot at for fishing in other nations’ exclusive economic zones, areas of water off countries’ coastlines where those countries have sole rights to pursue economic activity. In March 2016, Argentinian patrol units sank the Chinese fishing boat Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 as it attempted to flee into international waters after allegedly trawling illegally off the coast of the Argentinian city Puerto Madryn. Recently, in light of illegal Chinese vessels draining the supply of fish, Somali fishermen have turned to piracy. And in November 2016, members of the South Korean coast guard opened fire on two Chinese fishing vessels that had threatened to ram patrol boats in the Yellow Sea near Incheon—not a month after Chinese fishermen rammed and sank a South Korean speedboat in the same area."
Via The Daily Catch
"...it is becoming illegal to trade in devil rays, or any of their parts, such as gill plates, across international borders without permits approving that the trade is not detrimental to the wild population."
"Besides gathering missing information on the mammal and its habitat and chalk out a strategy to protect both, the 4.88 million dollar Dugong Conservation project, which took off in mid-2015, also aims to curb illegal fishing and bridge the communication and awareness gap with the locals. To help achieve this, use of a drone was decided as a crucial component, say the project partners."
"Fishers gave two main reasons for poaching: their belief that there would be higher catches in reserves and that the probability of detection was low. This suggests that extolling certain ecological benefits of reserves in places where enforcement is limited could actually encourage poaching. We suggest that increasing the perceived risk of detection (i.e. naming and shaming offenders, or publicizing new detection technologies such as drones or night vision) may help to stem the rising tide of poaching on the Great Barrier Reef."
"According to Shipbreakingplatform.org, a database that tracks the ships decommissioned globally, Pacific Marlin was sold to an Indian ship-breaker in June 2016, which reached Alang four months ago. "We demolished Pacific Marlin, which was sold to us by Swire Pacific Offshore," said Sanjay Mehta, MD, Priya Blue Industries."
"Join us for a in-depth review and discussion of the recently-released report "The Global View of Transshipment: Preliminary Findings" from Global Fishing Watch. Led by the co-authors of the report, participants will learn how to access the data used to put together the findings, as well have the opportunity to ask questions about our transshipment data."
Via Business Insider
"Satellite watchers have identified thousands of suspected incidents of potentially illegal transshipping, where fishing ships secretly transfer unauthorized product to refrigerated cargo vessels. These are seen as a major factor in the prevalence of illegal fishing, which is thought to account for at least 20% of seafood worldwide."
"Crews operating outside the law will have a tougher time landing their catch in Central America and the Dominican Republic in coming years after leaders of eight countries in the region agreed to work together to tighten port standards for verifying the legality of incoming fish. Ministers and fisheries directors from those countries also agreed to cooperate with each other in the fight against illegal fishing."