MCS News Links, Week of Nov 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.

Ocean-grabbing ‘threatens world’s fisheries’: UN

Oct 30, 2012

France 24

“In exceptionally sharp words, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on food, Olivier de Schutter, said the interests of smaller fishermen, local communities and sustainable fishing were threatened by long-distance, industrial-scale trawling.”

Somalia: EU Naval Force Meets Somali Fishing Representatives and Elders On Its San Giusto

Oct 31, 2012

“On Monday, 29 October 2012, the Force Commander of the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR), Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, met with local Somali fishing representatives, clan elders of coastal communities and local authorities on board the EU NAVFOR flagship, ITS San Giusto, off the northern coast of Somalia, near Bossaso.”

Uncle Sam declares war on IUU

Nov 5, 2012

“THE US government has announced that combatting the global problem of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the NOAA’s top priorities, as it deprives the planet’s legal fishermen and coastal communities of an estimated $10-23 billion of seafood products annually.”

DNA tests help nab illegal Qld crabber

Nov 5, 2012

The Australian

“DNA technology has been used to prove a haul of female mud crabs seized in Sydney were illegally taken from Queensland.”

Ban on IUU Fishing from Next Year

Nov 7, 2012

Sri Lanka Daily News

“Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne announced that the Fisheries Ministry is to impose strict rules and regulations to ban Illegal,Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing from January 01,2013 .”

Tanzania: Govt Intensifies Security in Tanzanian Waters

Nov 7, 2012

“THE government through the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) has intensified security in Tanzanian waters to curb illegal fishing by foreigners and locals, the House heard .”

Report: curb illegal fishing and revive SA abalone stocks

Nov 7, 2012

“According to, a report tabled by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) at a Parliament’s Portfolio Committee meeting sounded a grim warning that South Africa’s depleted abalone stocks will not recover unless illegal fishing is reduced dramatically.”

Commissioner’s road leads to Rome

Nov 8, 2012

“MARIA Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, travels to Rome today for a series of meetings on key fisheries issues – such as IUU, aquaculture and management plans for the Mediterranean and Black Sea.”

U.S. Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking and Promote Conservation

Nov 8, 2012

Imperial Valley News (USA)

“Washington, DC – The United States is working with the international community to combat the illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation through a four pillar strategy, which includes diplomatic outreach, public diplomacy, training, and partnerships.”

EC sets out priorities for Atlantic Tuna commission meeting

Nov 9, 2012

“In this annual meeting the European Commission, which represents the EU, is hoping to build on the success of last year’s negotiations which included decisions on multi-annual management measures for Mediterranean Swordfish and Tropical Tuna along with protection measures for silky shark and seabirds based on best available science.”

Canada gets tough on IUU

Nov 9. 2012

“CANADA’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has announced that the government is taking the next steps in its efforts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by amending the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act.”

Patrol Boat Undergoes Testing for Marine Protection for Illegal Fishing campaign

Nov 9, 2012


“PHILIPPINES – To promote conservation and protection of the province’s marine resources, a composite team have been trained on the maintenance and operation of La Union patrol boat for two days along the seashore of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station in Poro.”