MCS News Links, Week of October 31

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.

Africa Loses One Million Tonnes of Fish Yearly Due to Illegal Fishing

Oct 25

“Africa loses one million tonnes of fish per year due to overfishing and bad governance in the fisheries sector. The continent’s losses account for one-tenth of annual global losses, said Sumaila Rashid, Director of the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Canada.”

African Union sets deadline for continent-wide maritime strategy

Oct 26

The Guardian

“Without a comprehensive strategy to police, patrol and promote the maritime economy and resources along its 42,000km coastline, Africa loses billions of dollars in revenue annually and leaves itself vulnerable to myriad criminal activities.”

Earth observation satellites hold benefits for South Africa

Oct 26

Engineering News

“Satellite earth observation helps South Africa to understand the state of natural resources, study the environment, manage natural disasters and provide warnings for regional droughts, floods and other disasters. Satellite earth observation information and data are also used to monitor illegal fishing and piracy in South Africa’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around its coast, two earth observation scientists say.”

DR and Bahamas to hold bilateral talks

Oct 28

Dominican Today

“Officials from the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas will meet in Santo Domingo from October 29 to November 1st to hold bilateral talks regarding illegal fishing by Dominican nationals in Bahamian waters.”

New illegal fishing threat for Southern Ocean

Oct 29

ABC News

“Illegal fishing boats have moved their focus in the Southern Ocean to stocks of Antarctic Toothfish.”

Workshop to monitor ACP fisheries project in the Caribbean

Oct 29

“The Third Regional ACP Fish Programme Monitoring Workshop and Training in Monitoring and Evaluation will also provide training in monitoring and evaluation systems as prescribed by the European Commission; and expose participants to selected fishery realities in Suriname.”

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Seeks to Monitor Commercial Fishing

Oct 29

“THE government is planning to build three fishing harbours that will, among other issues, monitor commercial fishing in the country.”

S. Korea prods China to crack down harder on illegal fishing near Yellow Sea border

Oct 31

Yonhap News Agency

“A number of Chinese fishing boats allegedly entered South Korean waters near the sea border and stole or damaged fishing gear and nets installed by South Korean fishermen this month, causing property damages worth 362 million won (US$331,957), according to maritime police.”

WWF uncovers unreported trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna

Oct 31


“A new study commissioned by WWF uncovers that between 2000 and 2010, the equivalent of 18,704 tonnes of live bluefin tuna were traded via Panama without being reported to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – the international body managing the fishery.”