MCS News Links, Week of December 13

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.

Sierra Leone: Illegal Fishing Hits Fish Stocks, Livelihoods in Sierra Leone

Dec 6, 2012

“Freetown — Fishing communities in Sierra Leone have been hit hard by illegal and unregulated fishing off the West African coast. Unsustainable local fishing practices and the activities of foreign trawlers engaged in so-called “pirate fishing” have led to a significant decline in fish stocks in Sierra Leone, environmental groups and local officials say.”

Coco Island Costa Rica still Threatened by Poachers

Dec 9, 2012

The Costa Rica News

“Cocos Island Costa Rica is a renowned National Park and is a World Heritage Site and is one of the country’s richest in terms of biodiversity, but every year the region is threatened by illegal fishing.”

Satellite technology explored to help defend Rapa Nui from illegal fishing

Dec 10, 2012

Radio New Zealand

“An ocean conservation group is investigating whether satellite technology could help Rapa Nui protect its waters from illegal fishing.”

Illegal fishing deterrents could save tuna industry USD 1 billion

Dec 11, 2012


“A recent operation to detect illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the Pacific has confirmed how data collection is needed to deter and eliminate fish plundering from the world’s largest tuna fishery. The findings of the surveillance operation confirmed the USD 1 billion savings this kind of prevention could bring.”

Illegal wildlife trade worth €15bn

Dec 12, 2012

Irish Times

“Across the world, illegal trade in wildlife including timber and unregulated and unreported fishing has become a lucrative business for criminal syndicates, with profits that can be used to finance civil conflicts and terrorism, a report for WWF found.”

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, Announces She Will Step Down

Dec 12, 2012

Huffington Post

“The administrator of NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, announced that she will step down from her position at the end of February 2013.”

The Law of the Sea’s next wave

Dec 13, 2012

Business Day Online

“But the weaknesses of the current governance regime, epitomized by rampant illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, threaten to undermine the global security and sustainability to which well managed oceans can contribute.”