News Links, Week of August 1

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.

NOAA Trade Monitoring Programs to go Electronic – Another Tool for Combatting IUU Fishing

July 8, 2013

“NOAA Trade Monitoring Programs for seafood and fisheries products will be going electronic”

NOAA Fisheries

Argentina confirms one million dollars fines on each of four vessels caught illegally fishing

July 24, 2013

“Argentina’s Fisheries Under Secretariat confirmed huge fines for three fishing vessels from China and one Spanish which were allegedly caught during the last six months illegally fishing in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone, EEZ off the coast of Chubut province”

Somali pirates now protecting illegal fishing biz

July 25, 2013

“Frustrated by a string of failed hijacking attempts, Somali pirates have turned to a new business model: providing “security” for ships illegally plundering Somalia’s fish stocks — the same scourge that launched the Horn of Africa’s piracy era eight years ago”

The Jordan Times

 EU seeks high seas protection

July 26, 2013

“THE EU submitted a proposal to the UN on Tuesday to start an international process to conserve marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, in a move welcomed by Oceana.”


Coral Triangle Countries Tackle Illegal and Destructive Fishing in the Pacific Region

July 29, 2013

“More than 20 representatives from the Pacific side of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste – will gather in Honiara July 31-Aug 2, 2013 to attend a workshop exploring innovative approaches to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity”

US Embassy

 New Programme to Benefit 300,000 Fishermen in Eastern Visayas

July 30, 2013

“Around 300,000 fishermen will benefit from the National Programme for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) in Eastern Visayas”

The Fish Site

 Sri Lanka arrests 65 Indian fishermen

July 31, 2013

“Sixty-five Indian fishermen in nine trawlers have been detained by the Sri Lankan navy for allegedly violating the international maritime border”

The Times of India

AK Sen. Begich sponsors bills that help NOAA, Coast Guard target IUU fishing, enforce penalities

July 31, 2013

U.S. Senator Mark Begich helped move several pieces of legislation through the Senate Commerce Committee including bills that will eliminate pirate fishing practices, improve international fisheries stewardship, and ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the resources necessary to recruit and retain a strong workforce his office said in a press release”