News Links, Week of August 8

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.

Greenpeace warns Thailand over fish stocks

July 25, 2013

“Environmentalists say that the scale of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is devastating stock numbers in Thai waters. They also warn that the danger is being overlooked by the government”

Deutsche Welle

Court releases boat in illegal fishing case “without hearing”

August 3, 2013

“The Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) in Medellin has ordered the release of a fishing boat seized last month by the Bantay Dagat Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force of the Municipality of Daanbantayan without hearing the motion”

The Freeman

Conservationist report launched to boost Pacific tuna fisheries

August 6, 2013

“Industrial fishing threatens the future of Pacific artisanal fisheries”

FIS World News


Ghana fines ten fishing companies $3.1m for breaching regulations

August 7, 2013

“Fishing companies have been fined $3.1 million for illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) in the country’s waters and in breach of Ghana’s fishing regulations”

Ghana Business News

Mislabeled seafood can cost consumers twice as much, study finds

August 7, 2013

“A study released Wednesday by Oceana found that seafood mislabeling can lead consumers to pay up to twice as much for cheap substitutes”

LA Times

Not all species are equally vulnerable to fishing

 August 8, 2013

“Understanding what species might be most vulnerable to fishing, and developing simple methods to identify what species might be most vulnerable, can be very useful to guide management and plan effective conservation strategies in data poor situations”

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

Shrimp net trawling banned

August 8, 2013

“The Four Constitutional Court decided to ban the use of trawling nets for shrimp capture, after several environmental groups have questioned the harm caused with this capture gear”

FIS World News

Phuket warned human-trafficking record may result in European ban on seafood

August 9, 2013

“Any deterioration in Thailand’s human-trafficking record may lead to a European ban on importing seafood from the Kingdom, Phuket Marine Police were warned yesterday”

Phuket Gazette