MCS News Links, Week of Dec 21

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.

China to fund acquisition of patrol ship by Cape Verde

Dec 17, 2012

“Cape Verde’s acquisition of another ship to patrol the archipelago’s territorial waters will receive financing of US$5 million from the Chinese government, Pan-African news agency Panapress reported.”

European Commission Asks Italy to Control Illegal Driftnets

Dec 18, 2012

The Fish Site

“ITALY – As discussed with the Italian authorities, the European Commission has made the first step towards the establishment of an Action Plan on fisheries control and monitoring, formally asking the Italian Government to launch an administrative enquiry.”

Seychelles hosts the kick-off meeting of the FISH-i Africa Project

Dec 19, 2012

Travel Related

“A major regional partnership has been announced to help combat illegal fishing in the western Indian Ocean, which is causing serious economic losses as well as social and environmental problems for coastal states.”

Australia’s SBT stock strong

Dec 20, 2012

“AFMA reports that at the start of the commercial Southern Bluefin Tuna fishing season on 1 December the most recent scientific assessment showed that the species is rebuilding well.”

Successful Southern Ocean Patrol

Dec 21, 2012

“The Royal New Zealand Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS OTAGO has successfully completed its first patrol of the season in the Southern Ocean – one of the world’s most challenging environments.”

FAO measures approved to combat illegal fishing

Dec 21, 2012

“The Uruguayan Parliament has ratified the Measures on Port State control Agreement to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).”