MCS News Links, Week of October 24

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.


U.S. Coast Guard, Canada partner to curb illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean

Oct 17

SitNews (United States)

“Coast Guard cutters and Canadian aircraft patrolled the international waters off Japan in an effort to locate vessels engaged in large-scale high seas drift net fishing.”

S.Korea urges solution for illegal fishing following death of Chinese fisherman

Oct 18

Global Times

“South Korea on Thursday called for a “fundamental solution” for illegal fishing in its territorial waters after the death of a Chinese fisherman earlier this week prompted Chinese protests.”

Bantay Dagat nets 5 illegal fishing boats anew

Oct 18

Sun Star Iloilo (Philippines)

“THE Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force (IPBDTF) continues with its quest to eradicate, if not totally eliminate, illegal fishing activities particularly in Northern Iloilo.”

Kilili: Improved Enforcement Needed After Recent Report Highlights Failure to Police Pacific Monuments

Oct 19

Pacific News Center

“Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan called today for Congress and Federal agencies to dedicate more attention and resources to curtailing illegal activity in U.S. Pacific waters.”

Fish stocks down to shocking levels

Oct 19

The Guardian

“Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) has warned of a serious decline in fish in the country’s water bodies caused by excessive and illegal exploitation of the resource.”

`Fight illegal fishing and coral reef destruction`

Oct 19

The Guardian

“The Zanzibar minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdillahi Hassan Jihad has called for measures to protect sea environment and its endowments by fighting illegal fishing practices that destruct fish coral reef breeding sites.”

Turks and Caicos: Illegal Fishing Vessel Intercepted

Oct 22

Turks & Caicos Sun

“The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Marine Branch working in conjunction with the Police Airwing intercepted an illegal fishing Vessel name “Aguila Blanco” (White Eagle) of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in Grand Turk, on Saturday 13 October 13th 2012.”

Illegal Russian Fishing May Distort Crab Market

Oct 22

“Illegal fishing in Russian waters could negatively impact crab prices this year.”

Uganda: Fish Strategy Pays Off

Oct 23

“Kampala — Efforts by government and the Private sector under the Uganda Fish Processors and Exporters Association (UFPEA) to curb immature and illegal fishing here have started to pay off.”