MCS News Links, Week of October 9

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.

Stringent laws to combat illegal fishing methods

Sept 26, 2012

Daily News, Sri Lanka

“The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry will impose strict rules and regulations on deep sea fishermen using illegal fishing vessels and equipment to net in their catch, Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.”

Hong Kong, Guangdong jointly combat illegal fishing

Sept 27, 2012

China Daily

“China’s Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong province conducted a joint operation to combat illegal fishing activities and to conserve the marine resources within Hong Kong waters, including marine parks, a spokesman of Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said Thursday.”

New tool in fight against IUU

Oct 1, 2012

“Using the Automatic Identification System (AIS) introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), WWF has showed how AIS data will enable governments and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) to retrace the routes and fishing activities of vessels all over the world, thus revealing where IUU activity could potentially be taking place.”

Combating illegal fishing in Sierra Leone

Oct 1, 2012

The Fish Site

“In the past year, there has been a huge crackdown on illegal fishing in Sierra Leone thanks to work done by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).”

Aid provided for vessel monitoring systems, new equipment

Oct 2, 2012

The Fish Site

“The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through the General Secretariat of Fisheries, has signed with the National Federation of Fishermen (FNCP) and the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA), two separate collaboration agreements for the management of aid provided for the purchase and installation of equipment necessary for Spanish fishing vessels and for the acquisition and installation of equipment fishing vessel monitoring systems.”

Police net 40-stone illegal fish haul

Oct 5, 2012

Belfast Telegraph

“Police have seized 40 stone of illegally caught fish, a van and an estimated six km of illegal fishing net from a Co Tyrone property.”

Department foils illegal trawlers ruse

Oct 9, 2012

New Straits Times, Malaysia

“The [Malaysian] state Fisheries Department has uncovered a new ruse by illegal trawlers to escape arrest by using cargo vessels for fishing off the Kelantan’s coast.

Indian Defence Minister reviews progress on Coastal Security Network

Oct 9, 2012

Defence Professionals News

“Shri Antony reiterated that fishermen in our coastal States are the “eyes and ears” of the coastal security and they need to be an integral part of all our planning.”