MCS News Links, Week of November 28

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.


Illegal fishing causes enormous losses, says conservation expert

Nov 11, 2012

Saudi Gazette

“ Illegal fishing causes countries enormous losses, said Dr. Zaid Abo Ghararah, secretary general of the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA).”

EU Commissioner Discusses Driftnets, International Fisheries, GFCM Reform

Nov 12, 2012

The Fish site

“ITALY – EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki was in Rome, on 8 November 2012, for a series of meetings with high-level personalities and organisations on key fisheries issues.”

Another Abalone Bust

Nov 14, 2012

Milton Ulladulla Times

“A WESTERN Sydney man will is to face court on serious charges after being apprehended by Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fisheries officers on the South Coast near Bawley Point, allegedly in possession of a large quantity of abalone.”

EC shows IUU fishing a yellow card

Nov 15, 2012

World Fishing and Aquaculture

“The European Commission has adopted a ‘decision’ indicating to eight third countries that their track record in tackling illegal fishing is insufficient.”

AST + DEFRA… No More “Fishing” Necessary For Fishing Fleet Vessels (SATCOM) 

Nov 19, 2012

“The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have awarded the contract for the supply, installation and maintenance of a new UK Vessel Monitoring System (VMS+) satellite/GPRS position reporting and communications device to AST Marine Sciences Ltd (MSL) for the over 12m UK fishing fleet, including Isle of Man vessels.”

Mozambique: Huge Losses From Illegal Fishing

Nov 19, 2012

All Africa

“The Mozambican state is suffering annual loses of revenue of over a billion meticais (over 30 million US dollars) due to illegal fishing, according to the National Director of Fisheries Inspection, Manuel Castiano, cited in Monday’s issue of the independent daily “O Pais”.”

EU shows yellow card to eight countries over illegal fishing

Nov 22, 2012

“THE EU Commission is warning a number of third world countries that they need to do more to stamp out illegal fishing within their borders. They have been given what amounts to a “yellow card” as part of the EU’s wider plans to reform the Common Fisheries Policy with a long term possibility that unless they take corrective action their seafood products could be outlawed by Europe.”

Parliament moves to protect Baltic salmon

Nov 23, 2012


“MEPs this week pushed legal measures to protect Baltic salmon populations – but postponed a vote on technical conservation measures until the Council unblocks long-term plans for fisheries management. Parliament also called to eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing across the globe.”

Convictions for Halibut Fishery Violations Net Substantial Penalties

Nov 26, 2012

The Fish Site

“CANADA – Two Nova Scotia men face stiff penalties after they were convicted of illegal activity in the halibut fishery in Bridgewater court. The October 22 sentencing brings to a conclusion a series of convictions involving the same fishing vessel which together yielded fines totaling $101,000.00 and forfeitures of $12,308.00 in catch and gear.”

Heated debate expected at Pacific fisheries meeting

Nov 28, 2012

Radio Australia

“The WCPFC meeting will bring together delegations from 25 countries from December the second to the sixth, to debate the conservation and management of tuna, whales and sharks, and measures to tackle illegal fishing.”