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25-09-2014
Gambia: Minister Unveils Fisheries Projects for Implementation

The Minister of Fisheries, Mass Axi Gai, has outlined government projects to implement in 2015 through 2017. The Gambia government would continue to work to ensure the realization of improved and sustained management and development of ... Read more...

25-09-2014
Africa: Oceans Crucial for our Climate Food and Nutrition

New York — FAO Director-General and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participate in roundtable discussion on sustainable fisheries Better management of the world's ocean resources is crucial to ensuring food global security, FAO Director-General José ... Read more...

25-09-2014
New Web Game Highlights Damaging Illegal Fishing Trade in West Africa

GLOBAL - On World Maritime Day 25 September 2014, Al Jazeera has launched a ground-breaking interactive web game that allows the gamer to learn how to expose the multi-million dollar illegal fishing trade affecting West ... Read more...

24-09-2014
Somalia cracks down on illegal fishing

Bosaso, Somalia - A region in Somalia is cracking down on an upsurge in illegal fishing off its coast as fleets flock to waters where foreign naval forces have been taking on the pirates that ... Read more...

19-09-2014
The link between illegal fishing and piracy

Government authorities and shipping industry insiders are increasingly concerned that maritime piracy will rise globally as huge, commercial fishing firms—especially the ones that operate illegally—drive fishermen from poor countries out of business. Local fishermen who have ... Read more...

19-09-2014
Thailand’s toroise seizures significant but insufficient follow-up to quash illegal trade

Bangkok, Thailand, 19th September 2014—Tortoises and freshwater turtles may be slow movers, but they are being smuggled at lightning speed through Thailand, with close to 19,000 seized in six years. A new TRAFFIC report, Seizures of ... Read more...

17-09-2014
Kenya: 30 Boats Held in Lake Naivasha Illegal Fishing

The Department of Fisheries in Naivasha has confiscated more than 30 boats whose owners were fishing in Lake Naivasha illegally. More than 2,000 undersize nets have also been confiscated. Naivasha subcounty fisheries officer Mathew Ngila said the ... Read more...

15-09-2014
Gambia: IUU Fishing in Gambia River System

Famara Darboe of the Department of Fisheries has said The Gambia fisheries and waters are divided into two marine fisheries waters. Famara Darboe was presenting a report on Illegal Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing workshop held ... Read more...

10-09-2014
Brazil stink follows fisheries minister

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources has been accused of showing a conflict of interest after going on a trip to the soccer World Cup in Brazil, allegedly paid for by a businessman over ... Read more...

09-09-2014
Gambia: Stakeholders Discuss Illegal Fishing Practices

As part of sensitizing communities from the grassroots level, stakeholders recently attended a two-day workshop on illegal fishing practices and preservation of biological resources. The gathering, which brought communities from Basse and its surroundings, was held ... Read more...

08-09-2014
Sustainable hake fishery brings long term economic and environmental benefits to South Africa

- 12,000 jobs protected through sustainable fishing practices.- New sustainable fish markets developing in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Australia, securing an export market of US$ 187 million.- Award winning Albatross Task Force leads ... Read more...

02-09-2014
Africa: Need to Create Jobs? Try Agriculture

Addis Ababa — The agriculture sector is more effective than the oil and gas sectors not only at creating jobs but boosting growth says, the Africa Progress Panel and Sipho Moyo of One during a ... Read more...

01-09-2014
Tunisia receives donated US patrol boats

The United States has donated two 13.5 metre patrol boats to the Tunisian Navy and will provide seven additional 7.6 metre patrol boats to the country in the next six months to enhance maritime security ... Read more...

01-09-2014
Cabo Verde and the European Union renew fisheries agreement

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and the European Union (EU) agreed to renew an existing fisheries protocol, which is due to come into force Monday, 1 September, officials said Friday in Brussels. Under the revised agreement Cabo ... Read more...

01-09-2014
Gambia Wants Surveillance Reinforced to Tackle Illegal Fishing

GAMBIA - The Fisheries minister has stressed the need for monitoring, control, and surveillance through improved collaboration and cooperation to be reinforced to combat what he called the ever-increasing challenges from illegal, unregulated and unreported ... Read more...

01-09-2014
Why independent fishers are the key to seafood sustainability

After the Thai fishing boat slavery scandal, more people are paying attention to ethics in the seafood industry than ever before. Retailers need a new approach Illegal Chinese fishing vessels attempt to evade the South Korean ... Read more...

31-08-2014
Tanzania: Dynamite Fishing Poses Threat to Aquatic Species

DYNAMITE fishing kills large quantities of fish regrettably 80 per cent of the loot is swept away uncollected. The loss comes in addition to irreparable destruction of the marine ecology, beach survey members have observed. Members ... Read more...

28-08-2014
Illegal Fishing Puts the Rest of Us on the Hook

We've seen a spate of news stories recently on illegal fishing in northeast U.S. ocean waters, as enforcement officials take action on unreported catch. Some of the numbers are eye-popping. One bust involved 56,000 pounds ... Read more...

27-08-2014
Angola: Fishing Activity Regulation Discourages Illegalities - Minister

Luanda — The Fisheries sector in the country has as from Wednesday a legislation that ensures the prevention, combat and elimination of illegal fishing, said incumbent minister, Victoria de Barros Neto. The minister announced this to ... Read more...

27-08-2014
Tuna fishing mismanagement denies Tanzania USD5bn annually

The fisheries sector plays an important role in the national economy of Tanzania. The sector contributes to about 1.4 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The sector employs a considerable number of people directly ... Read more...

26-08-2014
Gambia: Minister Wants Surveillance Reinforced to Tackle Illegal Fishing

The Fisheries minister has stressed the need for monitoring, control, and surveillance through improved collaboration and cooperation to be reinforced to combat what he called the ever-increasing challenges from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Mass ... Read more...

26-08-2014
Bahrain’s Shrimp Stocks Drop Due to Illegal Fishing

BAHRAIN - Fishermen in Bahrain have reported a "significant" drop in shrimp stocks in the last month because of illegal fishing. Fishermen's Protection Society president Jassim Al Jeran said the season so far has been abysmal, ... Read more...

25-08-2014
Gambia: 'Fisheries Sector Contributes Significantly to Growth and Development'

Minister of Fisheries, Mass Axi Gai, has said the fisheries sector contributes significantly to the socio-cultural and economic wellbeing of coastal, estuarine and fresh water fishing and many other communities in The Gambia. The Fishery Minister ... Read more...

22-08-2014
Mozambique takes strong stand on illegal fishing

Maputo, Mozambique - The government of Mozambique has today became the third African country to ratify the FAO Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA).  Illegal fishing is responsible for a $35 million loss for Mozambique and ... Read more...

22-08-2014
Illegal fishing methods affect Anomabo fishermen operations

Group of fishermen at Anomabo in the Central Region have called on the Government to put stringent measures in place against light fishing in all the fishing communities in the country. According to them, despite directives ... Read more...

21-08-2014
Fisheries Enforcement Unit arrests vessels and canoes

The Western Sector Fisheries Enforcement Unit (WSFEU) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development arrested 13 fishing trawlers and canoes between December last year and July this year for engaging in illegal fishing. They were ... Read more...

21-08-2014
Nigeria: Towards a Secured Maritime Domain

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is partnering with the Nigerian Air force to provide air surveillance of the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), boosting air and water capabilities in addressing the menace ... Read more...

20-08-2014
Policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa

The fishery sector of most States that are members of the African Union (Member States) consists of capture fisheries and aquaculture. The sector generates a variety of benefits, including nutrition and food security, livelihoods, employment, ... Read more...

20-08-2014
Nigeria: Nimasa, Air force Partnership Records Successes in Air, Coastal Surveillance

Nigerian waters are gradually becoming unsafe for criminal activities following a partnership between Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Air force in ensuring the promotion of maritime safety and security. In line ... Read more...

18-08-2014
Mozambique spends $15m to curb illegal fishing

Mozambique's Ministry of Fisheries says it has spent US$15 million over the past five years in the fight against illegal fishing in the country's waters, APA learns here on Monday. Fisheries Minister Victor Borges is ... Read more...

18-08-2014
Africa: Us-Africa Summit an Empty Rhetoric

The summit could have been fruitful if Mr. Obama had announced at least 85% of US debt relief to Africa Listening to U.S. President Barack Obama dupe Africa and its leaders was the most amusing highlight ... Read more...

18-08-2014
Mozambique: Five Ematum Vessels Now in Mozambique

Maputo — Five of the 30 vessels ordered by the Mozambican Tuna Company (EMATUM) from a shipyard in the French city of Cherbourg have now arrived in Mozambique, Fisheries Minister Victor Borges told reporters on ... Read more...

14-08-2014
Korean fishing vessel banned in Montevideo

Uruguayan maritime authorities stopped a Korean fishing vessel from unloading its catch at the port of Montevideo, following suspicions that the vessel had been fishing illegally in the South Atlantic waters. "This is a good sign ... Read more...

13-08-2014
South African police seize $1 million of illegal abalone

South African police have shut down an illegal abalone-drying facility and seized six tones of the gourmet mollusk with an estimated street value of 10 million rand ($1 million), one of their biggest busts against ... Read more...

12-08-2014
How Mobile Technology Could Help Stop Illegal Fishing

Something like three-quarters of the world's fishing grounds is being overfished--that is, fish are being taken out faster than they can be replenished by reproduction. And part of the problem is illegal fishing. It's not ... Read more...

11-08-2014
Omani firm under investigation for illegal tuna fishing

Omani company Al-Naham is under investigation for illegal tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission region, reports Stop Illegal Fishing. Omani-flagged vessel NAHAM-4 was detained in Cape Town in March 2013, where the South African ... Read more...

11-08-2014
Fisheries & aquaculture play key role in Africa’s economy

The fisheries and aquaculture sector contribute significantly to Africa's overall economy. This is according to a new study published by FAO. In the report, the value added by the fisheries sector as a whole – which ... Read more...

06-08-2014
The Tuna Industry’s Role in Ending Illegal Fishing

As a seafood lover and a conscientious consumer, I try to know where my tuna comes from. I want to know that the fish I buy is not only good for me but also being ... Read more...

05-08-2014
South Africa completes ratification of the Benguela Current Convention

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has announced that South Africa has completed the ratification process of the Benguela Current Convention (BCC). The Benguela Current Convention is a formal agreement, between the three governments of South Africa, ... Read more...

01-08-2014
Seychelles Coast Guard vessel heads to Sri Lanka for refurbishment

The Seychelles Coast Guard has dispatched one of its main offshore patrol vessels to Sri Lanka where it will undergo a month long refurbishment. A statement issued by the Seychelles People's Defence Forces (SPDF) said the ... Read more...

30-07-2014
Poacher warning as illegal pike fishing increases in Turton

VILLAGERS and police are stepping up efforts to tackle poaching after an increase in illegal pike fishing in Turton. The rural and poacher watch scheme has been launched in Edgworth and Turton after a number ... Read more...

28-07-2014
Namibia: BDF Detains 70 Namibian Fishermen

A youth activist in the Zambezi Region, Charles Siyauya, has accused the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) of illegally entering Namibia and "abducting" about 70 Namibian fishermen. The alleged illegal entry and abduction of the fishermen occurred ... Read more...

23-07-2014
EU Delays Decision on Designating S. Korea Illegal Fishing Nation

The European Union is expected to make a final decision on designating South Korea as an illegal fishing nation next year. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Wednesday that it believes the EU has delayed ... Read more...

23-07-2014
Curaçao, Ghana and Korea given more time to take steps against illegal fishing

The European Commission (EC) has given Curaçao, Ghana and Korea an extra six months to improve their efforts to fight illegal fishing, after they had been warned in November that they were not doing enough. ... Read more...

23-07-2014
Africa loses US$58 billion annually - Report

Africa is losing a staggering $58 billion every year to the rest of the world. For the first time, a group of UK and East African NGOs have put the figure on the amount sub-Saharan ... Read more...

23-07-2014
EU gives South Korea, Ghana, and Curacao extra 6 months to avoid import ban over IUU fight

Three of the nations yellow-carded by the EU for a lack of effort in fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing are making credible progress, and have been granted a deadline extension before any trade ... Read more...

22-07-2014
Drones take flight over Belize coastline to monitor illegal fishing activity

Unsustainable fishing in Belize has placed growing pressure on local anglers and the countries celebrated coral reef systems. Decades of decline has led to the introduction of catch limits and even the European Union blacklisting ... Read more...

18-07-2014
30 percent illegal fishing occurs in Indonesia

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Unitary Indonesian Traditional Fishermen (KNTI) M. Rizal Damanik is of the viewpoint that 30 percent losses from illegal fishing in the world have occurred in Indonesia. "So, according ... Read more...

18-07-2014
South Korea ups pitch against illegal fishing in deep oceans

LAS PALMAS, Spain ― South Korea reiterated its pledge to up the fight against illegal fishing in the deep oceans in a bid to reverse the EU's latest decision to include Seoul on a preliminary ... Read more...

16-07-2014
Mozambique Holds Talks with EU on Sustainable Fisheries

The Mozambican government and the European Union have held talks here to launch negotiations on the latest protocol to their Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and will continue their negotiations in Brussels in September. The current agreement, ... Read more...

16-07-2014
EU-Morocco agreement to enter into force

The European Commission has welcomed Morocco's ratification of a Fisheries Protocol which is set to open the door for European vessels to begin fishing in Moroccan waters again for the first time in more than ... Read more...

15-07-2014
EJF and fisheries authority collaborate to combat IUU fishing

A high profile event recently held in Abidjan raised awareness of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Côte d'Ivoire and highlighted solutions being developed by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), in partnership with the ... Read more...

15-07-2014
Morocco ratifies fisheries deal granting 80,000t quotas to EU vessels

Morocco has ratified its fisheries protocol with the European Union, paving the way for EU vessels to resume fishing in Moroccan waters after an absence of more than two years. The EU and Morocco had concluded ... Read more...

15-07-2014
Oceans 5's $3 Million Grant Creates New Coalition to Protect the Oceans

To combat illegal fishing in the European Union (EU), Oceans 5 announces the formation of a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a grant of over $1 million per year for three years. A sponsored ... Read more...

15-07-2014
Why illegal fishing off Africa’s coasts must stop now

Illegal fishing was a threat to Africa's coastal communities even 25 years ago, when I lived and worked in Tanji, a fishing village on the Gambian coast. Before sunrise, you could see groups of six ... Read more...

15-07-2014
Tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing: New approaches

Illicit fishing activities are piling pressure on already fragile wild fish stocks and marine ecosystems as well as threatening important food supplies for local communities. Where might trade policy complement regional and international action to ... Read more...

14-07-2014
Africa: How Can Africa Contribute to Improved Ocean Governance?

Our management of the oceans needs to change, and soon. Failure to do so will have a negative impact on human security and place health, food and environmental security under threat. This is the message currently ... Read more...

10-07-2014
The Value of African Fisheries

ABSTRACT The "The value of African fisheries" study was carried out in the framework of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)-FAO Fisheries Programme (NFFP) funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The aim was to ... Read more...

10-07-2014
Togo receives Defender patrol boat from United States

The United States has donated a Defender patrol boat to the Togolese Navy, adding to the two previously donated to the West African nation. The vessel was handed over by United States ambassador Phillip Carter III ... Read more...

10-07-2014
Mwanza RC decries illegal fishing on Lake Victoria

Mwanza Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Evarist Ndikilo, has ordered district commissioners and ward executive officers to strictly enforce laws against illegal fishing or risk stern disciplinary measures being instituted against them. Speaking at a function to ... Read more...

10-07-2014
Nakuru bets on patrol boats to curb illegal fishing

Nakuru has set aside Sh9 million to boost commercial fishing in Lake Naivasha and curb illegal harvesting through the purchase of patrol boats, fish feeds and liners. Lake Naivasha Boat Owners Association chairman David Kilo said ... Read more...

08-07-2014
Illegal Fishing in West Africa

BOSTON — For a good deal of the region's history, many people living along the Western coast of Africa have depended on fishing in order to provide a living for their families. It has been ... Read more...

08-07-2014
Vietnam fisheries society protests China’s illegal arrest of fishermen

The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) on Monday issued a statement strongly decrying China for illegally detaining six Vietnamese fishermen and their boat in Vietnamese waters last Thursday. In the statement, the VINAFIS demanded that China release ... Read more...

08-07-2014
Tanzania: EU Funded Project Seizes 300kgs of Dynamite

A European Union funded SmartFish programme has confiscated 300 kilograms of explosive, impounded 50 fishing vessels and prosecuted five cases of illegal fishing in Indian Ocean during the past 24 months. In a statement, the Mauritius- ... Read more...

07-07-2014
Tanzania: Global Body Acts on Overfishing in Oceans

CHINA, Europe, Japan and the United States which pay an estimated 600 million US dollars (over 990bn/-) per annum to commercial fishing vessels on the world oceans should stop the malpractice. A Global Ocean Commission report ... Read more...

07-07-2014
West Africa: Here's How We'll Eradicate Illegal Fishing in West Africa

My years as an oceans campaigner in Senegal have really allowed me to understand many facets of illegal fishing in this part of the world. Along with the devastating effects it has on fishing communities, ... Read more...

04-07-2014
Seychelles Coast Guard commissions new patrol boat

The Seychelles Coast Guard has formally received and commissioned into service its new Type 62 patrol boat Etoile. The vessel was donated by the Chinese government to help improve the Seychelles' naval capabilities and assist it ... Read more...

02-07-2014
Satellite technology to fight illegal fishing

The Pew Charitable Trusts has teamed up with a UK satellite technology organisation, coast guard and other fishing enforcement officers to fight Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. Pew is joining with Oxford-based Satellite Application Catapult, ... Read more...

27-06-2014
Korean Government and EJF formalize joint initiative to combat IUU fishing

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MoU) formalizing a joint initiative to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). EJF affirms ... Read more...

26-06-2014
Illegal fishing, rising pollution chocking African waters

Sub Saharan Africa loses close to USD1 billion annually due to illegal fishing in its highly polluted waters with the waters west of the continent being hardest hit with illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activity ... Read more...

26-06-2014
Electronic monitoring of tuna fishing underway

Data from a new electronic monitoring system to check the catches of tuna boats in the Pacific is being analyzed after an 80 day trial on two boats that operate out of Fiji. The boats are ... Read more...

25-06-2014
Africa Progress Panel wants action on illegal fishing

The Africa Progress Panel welcomes recommendations published this week by the Global Ocean Commission, which if properly implemented will regenerate the ocean -- including actions and policies to tackle illegal fishing. This year's Africa Progress Report ... Read more...

24-06-2014
The Threat of Illegal Fishing Is Too Great to Ignore

Most people have watched someone play the card game three-card monte at some point in their lives. To win the bet, all the player needs to do is follow one of three cards as the ... Read more...

23-06-2014
Oman-flagged vessel held in Cape Town for 'illegal fishing' will be put up for auction soon

Muscat - An Oman-flagged vessel is likely to be put up for auction soon by South African authorities in Cape Town after officials detained it on charges of illegal fishing last year, according to the ... Read more...

20-06-2014
Reps want an end to illegal fishing in Isles

Zanzibar government has been challenged to control unwanted fishing methods by supplying fishermen with the required fishing gear, a Member of the House of Representatives said on Thursday. "We have been hunting for people using banned ... Read more...

20-06-2014
Seychelles Natural Resources Minister honoured by U.S. governor for sustainable fisheries work

(Seychelles News Agency) - The governor of Maryland, a Mid-Atlantic state on the eastern coastline of the United States, has honoured the Seychelles' Natural Resources Minister, Peter Sinon, in recognition of the contribution Seychelles has ... Read more...

19-06-2014
Why illegal fishing off Africa's coast must be stopped

The livelihoods and nutrition of millions of people in Africa are being put at risk by foreign fishing fleets in their waters. Illegal fishing was a threat to Africa's coastal communities even 25 years ago, when ... Read more...

18-06-2014
Illegal driftnet fishing returns to Morocco

Marine conservation organisation, Oceana, has revealed that illegal driftnet fishing has returned to Tangiers, Morocco, despite it being phased out in 2010. Evidence gathered by Oceana over the past few days shows small-scale vessels acting in ... Read more...

17-06-2014
Obama establishes national task force to combat seafood fraud, IUU fishing

US President Barack Obama issued a new task force to combat seafood fraud and illegal, unregulated, unreported (IUU) fishing on Tuesday as part of a new framework that implements the UN FAO Port State Measures ... Read more...

17-06-2014
Pew Applauds Obama Administration's New Focus on Illegal Fishing

Task force will protect commercial fishermen, communities, and the environment The United States imports 91 percent of its seafood and one recent study estimated that almost one-third of those fish are caught illegally. So news ... Read more...

17-06-2014
John Kerry Addresses Ocean Environmental Issues

John Kerry, United States Secretary of State, addressed issues of over-fishing, pollution and ocean acidification on Monday during opening remarks that kicked off a two-day summit in Washington,  D.C. on ocean environmental issues. The summit, ... Read more...

17-06-2014
Africa: Obama Expands Marine Reserves - Dicaprio Applauds Sea Stewardship

Washington — speaking to an audience of environmental officials and activists from 80 nations June 17, President Obama announced two executive actions to better protect U.S. ocean territories. He ordered an expansion of existing marine ... Read more...

17-06-2014
Africa: USTR Facts On Trade, Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, Security

TRADE PROTECTS AMERICAN JOBS AND AMERICAN FAMILIES. The United States has negotiated trade agreements that protect American innovation and demand high standards for goods. The Obama Administration has made clear that we will go to ... Read more...

17-06-2014
Illegal fishing nets blamed for declining catches

Illegal fishing nets are being blamed for the depletion of fish stocks off Mon State. Local fishermen say stocks have declined considerably over the past 10 years, and some days they catch no fish at ... Read more...

17-06-2014
Oceana reveals illegal driftnet fishing in Morocco

Morocco officially phased out driftnets in 2010 with funding from the EU and US Oceana today revealed that the illegal use of driftnets to capture swordfish has returned to Tangiers, Morocco. Evidence gathered by the ... Read more...

16-06-2014
Spain commits € 250k to tackle IUU fishing

The Spanish Government is committing €250,000 in funding towards the creation of a Global Record of fishing vessels in a bid to help tackle Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Global Record will provide a ... Read more...

13-06-2014
Tanzania: Fisheries Lose Billions Due to Illegal Practices

THE 2014 Africa Progress Report launched in Dar es Salaam has highlighted that the African continent is losing billions to illegal and shadowy practices in fishing. At an engagement with local leaders at the Commission for ... Read more...

13-06-2014
Uganda: Illegal fishing a glaring hole in national budget

While funds allocated annually to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries are seemingly colossal, with an additional sh9.2b to the sh394.4b specifically for enforcement of fishing regulations and standards in the 2013/14 Financial ... Read more...

11-06-2014
EU team probes illegal fishing by Korean boats

The European Union is mulling a final decision over whether to designate Korea as an illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing country and is doing an on-site investigation here. A delegation from the Directorate General ... Read more...

11-06-2014
FAO Panel Endorses Guidelines Targeting Illegal, Unregulated Fishing

Members of a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) committee on Wednesday endorsed a set of voluntary guidelines that target illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) which generate up to $23 billion each year. The ... Read more...

11-06-2014
Minister Sinon addresses 31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

The Minister for Natural Resources Peter Sinon has congratulated the FAO for providing a comprehensive report on the state of world fisheries and aquaculture, pointing out the important issues it addresses which are important for ... Read more...

11-06-2014
Illegal fishing threatens rich marine diversity of Myeik Archipelago

The waters around the 800 islands of the Myeik Archipelago in Myanmar's far south teem with some of the world's most diverse marine life and it includes some "previously unrecorded specimens that may even be ... Read more...

10-06-2014
Commission warns Philippines and Papua New Guinea over illegal fishing

The European Commission has warned the Philippines and Papua New Guinea that they risk being identified as non-cooperative countries in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This means that these countries are not ... Read more...

09-06-2014
In Southeast Africa, a Model Emerges for Stop Illegal Fishing

FISH-i Africa project unites developing countries to halt theft of natural resources For decades, the Indian Ocean has been a prime target for fishermen intent on engaging in large-scale illegal fishing. Those rogue fishermen have ... Read more...

09-06-2014
EU unfair in Korea's illegal fishing probe

A government official accused the European Union (EU), Monday, of ignoring progress Korea has made in addressing grievances about illegal fishing. "Since November last year, we have reported to the EU each time we made a ... Read more...

09-06-2014
Illegal fishing a problem in Indian Ocean; Omani vessels also involved

Muscat - A murky practice known as Illegal, Unlicensed, Unregulated (IUU) fishing is costing Indian Ocean countries billions of dollars in lost revenue. Estimates of the cost of IUU fishing suggest that it may account ... Read more...

08-06-2014
Illegal fishing a major threat to SA's marine life

The United Nations established World Oceans Day in 2009 in order to drive global awareness of the issue. It's now marked every year on June 8. With 1.3 billion cubic kilometers of water, the ocean makes ... Read more...

08-06-2014
Africa: What Future for West African Fisheries?

Every year, World Oceans Day is an important opportunity for us to reflect on our campaign to protect West Africa's ocean ecosystems. This year Greenpeace Africa and Senegalese fishing associations are marking the day with a ... Read more...

06-06-2014
Minister highlights progress on illegal fishing

Phil Gawne MHK the Island's Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister has spoken at an Interpol conference in West Africa. The speech outlined progress in Sierra Leone, where they've netted an additional $16 million in earnings for ... Read more...

06-06-2014
Countries expected to endorse Voluntary Guidelines on Flag State Performance

Rome: Member countries will meet for the 31st session of the Committee on Fisheries at FAO headquarters in Rome from Monday 9 June to Friday 13 June. COFI is the only global inter-governmental forum except for ... Read more...

06-06-2014
Korea-EU ties can control IUU fishing

The delegation from the Directorate General for Maritime and Fisheries of the European Commission is scheduled to visit Korea on June 9 for an on-site evaluation mission on the country's control system over South Korean-flagged ... Read more...

06-06-2014
Fisheries: Commission steps up action on control by adopting French plan

The European Commission has today further strengthened its commitment to improving fisheries control in Europe. It has adopted an action plan agreed with France to adapt the French fisheries control system to European standards. The ... Read more...

06-06-2014
Nigerian Navy receives two 17 metre Nautic Africa patrol boats

Nautic Africa has handed over two 17 metre Sentinel fast patrol vessels to the Nigerian Navy where they will be used for offshore patrol and escort duties. The vessels, handed over on May 10, were built ... Read more...

04-06-2014
Fisheries Minister Cautions on Illegal Fishing Methods

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture has held a Press Conference in Accra to update the media on its intention to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the fishing industry. In a press statement ... Read more...

04-06-2014
Ghana: EC Might Stop Ghana Fish Imports

Accra — THE European Union (EU) warned it would ban the importation of fish products from Ghana in the event of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by Ghana-flagged vessels. "If a single Ghanaian vessel is ... Read more...

04-06-2014
South Africa: Boost for Addo's Marine Antipoaching Efforts

Addo Elephant National Park's marine protection team has a new anti-poaching vessel which will be used to combat illegal fishing and poaching of the threatened abalone species in the protected area around Bird Island, South ... Read more...

03-06-2014
IDC Chairman delivers keynote address at Interpol conference

The Isle of Man has gained further international recognition for its role in helping to combat illegal fishing in West Africa. The Chairman of the International Development Committee (IDC) of the Council of Ministers, Phil Gawne ... Read more...

02-06-2014
SOMALIA: Puntland Government recognizes illegal fishing as a National Disaster

President of Puntland Dr.Abdiwali Mohamed Ali Gaas said that starting from this month June 2014, his government will recognize the illegal fishing as a national disaster. The illegal fishing is a global problem and pose a major disaster to ... Read more...

27-05-2014
Namibia newspaper says Pescanova’s Novanam used front man to dodge $115m in quota fees

A Namibian newspaper has alleged that Pescanova's fishing subsidiary in Namibia Novanam has defrauded the government of NAD 1.2 billion ($115 million) in fishing quota fees over a 14 year period. According to The Villager, Novanam ... Read more...

27-05-2014
European Union donates speedboat to Seychelles Coast Guard

The European Union's capacity building mission EUCAP Nestor has donated a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to the Seychelles Coast Guard at its new base. The ceremony on May 23 was presided over by the Commanding Officer ... Read more...

24-05-2014
Illegal fishing blamed for stalled Uganda ferry

The Ssese Islands are an archipelago of eighty-four islands in the northwestern part of Lake Victoria in Uganda. The islands are coterminous with the Kalangala District in southern Central Uganda, which does not have any ... Read more...

23-05-2014
EU Gives Africa $126m for Fisheries

The European Union has given Africa US$126 million to protect the fisheries industry on the continent. The money will among other things try to boost the dwindling fish stocks which are being depleted by indiscriminate fishing. In ... Read more...

22-05-2014
Mauritius orders patrol vessel, military hardware from India

The island nation of Mauritius has ordered a 50 metre fast patrol vessel from India, as well as machineguns, ammunition, body armour and interceptor boats in a major re-equipment drive. The government of Mauritius said the ... Read more...

22-05-2014
Pirates attempt to hijack tanker off Nigeria

Two pirates were killed by onboard security when they attempted to hijack a tanker off the coast of Lagos last month. According to This Day, the vessel was hijacked around 120 nautical miles offshore, en route ... Read more...

21-05-2014
Seychelles Coast Guard receives new Chinese patrol boat

The Seychelles Coast Guard has taken delivery of a new Type 62 Class gunboat donated by the Chinese government to help boost the operational capabilities of the Indian Ocean island nation's naval force. The vessel, known ... Read more...

20-05-2014
Africa: Fish Are Feeding World, but Illegal Fishing Must End

Washington — Fish is being served more than ever on world dinner tables, but threats like illegal and unsustainable fishing must be reeled in if global fisheries are to remain a major food source and ... Read more...

19-05-2014
Liberian BNF Public Notices

In keeping with its mandate to provide visitors with all relevant information regarding fisheries in the Republic of Liberia, the Liberian Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF) recently published two Public Notices on its website. In a ... Read more...

17-05-2014
Tax bodies could curb illegal fishing

Lake Victoria, the world's second largest fresh water lake is under threat from irresponsible human activities. Therefore, until World Environment Day on June 5 Vision Group media platforms will run investigative articles, programmes and commentaries ... Read more...

17-05-2014
Fishing crew in police grip over illegal fish

The Marine Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service has busted a fishing boat for illegally buying a bulk consignment of fish from a foreign fishing vessel offshore. The boat – Kitua Biaa Nsua – with ... Read more...

17-05-2014
Marine Police arrests 10 fishermen for transshipment of fish

Chief Superintendent of Police Owusu Berko, Director of the Marine, Railway and Ports Unit of the Ghana Police Service at the Takoradi Harbour, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Friday. He said the fishermen were ... Read more...

15-05-2014
Navy helps coastal Africa map a common picture of the sea

IDENAU, Cameroon — Kirsty McLean doesn't need to look out from the shore of this small fishing village to spot one of coastal Africa's lingering problems. She can just log on to her computer. Using a ... Read more...

13-05-2014
Japan to help develop fisheries sector

The Japanese government has expressed its preparedness to partner Ghana to deal with challenges confronting its fisheries sector. The support, which is expected to come in the form of equipment delivery and technical support, would empower ... Read more...

12-05-2014
Kofi Annan Reports on Africa’s Blue and Green Revolutions

How does $50 billion simply vanish? That is the estimated amount of money lost from government coffers annually based on "resource plunder" from illegal logging and fishing, according to former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's 2014 ... Read more...

12-05-2014
Kofi Annan launches Africa Progress Panel Report

Mr. Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General has launched the 2014 Africa Progress Panel Report in London. The report finds that African countries could reduce poverty and inequality by boosting agriculture, which affects two thirds ... Read more...

08-05-2014
Fisheries in Africa are losing billions due to illegal practices

Africa is losing billions to illegal and shadowy practices in fishing, according to the Africa Progress Report published on Thursday. Tens of thousands of artisanal fishermen in Africa now feel their livelihood is under threat. "Families ... Read more...

08-05-2014
Africa loses $50bn a year in plundered resources

Africa's forests and fisheries, which could be an answer to the continent's food shortages and dire poverty levels, are instead being stripped illicitly to the tune of almost $20-billion each year. When added to the ... Read more...

08-05-2014
Illegal logging and fishing prolongs poverty in Africa, says Kofi Annan

Billions of pounds a year is being plundered from Africa through illegal logging and fishing that is prolonging poverty in the world's poorest continent, the former head of the United Nations said on Thursday. Kofi Annan's ... Read more...

08-05-2014
EU Likely to Classify Korea as IUU Fishing Country in June

Concerns are rising over the European Union's possible designation of Korea as an illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing country in June this year. Countries assumed to be engaged in such illegal, unreported and unregulated ... Read more...

07-05-2014
Somalia: Puntland Marine Forces Seize Yemen Illegal Fishing Vessels

Puntland Maritime Police forces have seized two illegal Yemeni fishing vessels off the coast of the semi-autonomous region, a senior Commander has confirmed. According to Puntland Maritime forces commander Abdirizak Diriye, there were 62 Yemeni on ... Read more...

07-05-2014
Africa loses $20bn a year on fishing and logging

Sub-Saharan African countries lose roughly $20bn a year in illegal fishing and logging, according to a report by the Africa Progress Panel, a think-tank chaired by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general. The pressure on Africa's ... Read more...

05-05-2014
EU Rolls Out Trade Bans in Global Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

BANGKOK — Observers say the European Union is poised to hand South Korea a so-called "red card" next month unless Seoul is able to convince the EU fisheries commissioner that it is cracking down on ... Read more...

05-05-2014
Fishery sustainability and combating illegal fisheries become Govt’s non-negotiable priorities

The head of the General Fisheries Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA), Carlos Dominguez, ensured that "to the Government of Spain to ensure fishery resource sustainability and to effectively combat illegal, ... Read more...

02-05-2014
Gambia steps up campaign against pirate fishing

The Gambia government has hinted at new measures to stop illegal fishing by foreign vessels on its waters, APA can report Friday. In a statement, the Department of Fisheries in Banjul said it is introducing ... Read more...

28-04-2014
Legal operators affected by EU blacklisting of Guinea, Belize, Cambodia for non-cooperation against

Following a European Commission (EC) proposal, the Council of Fisheries ministers listed Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as countries not cooperating sufficiently to fight illegal fishing. Shortcomings in Belize, Cambodia and Guinea are generally linked to ... Read more...

28-04-2014
EU and Senegal extend partnership

The European Union and the Republic of Senegal are extending their sustainable fisheries partnership following a third round of talks. Eight years after the expiry of the last protocol, the new agreement allows 38 EU vessels ... Read more...

22-04-2014
Unsustainable seafood: A new crackdown on illegal fishing

When people talk about illegal trafficking in wildlife, the glistening merchandise laid out on crushed ice in the supermarket seafood counter — from salmon to king crab — probably isn't the first thing that comes ... Read more...

17-04-2014
Names of suspects of illegal fishing to be published – Police

The Ghana Police Service has indicated it will start publishing in the newspapers, the names of people who are arrested for violating the fishing laws at regular intervals. According to the Public Relations Officer of the ... Read more...

16-04-2014
Two charged with illegal fishing

Two fishermen, Hussein Hatibu (27) and Hassan Bwakame (30), appeared before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar – Es - Salaam charged with illegal fishing and using prohibited gear. Before Senior Resident Magistrate Emilius Mchauru, ... Read more...

15-04-2014
Tanzania: State Seeks Time to Probe New Magufuli Fish Case

THE prosecution requested for more time to complete investigation in the trial facing two Chinese nationals, Hsu Chin Tai and Zhao Hanquing, allegedly linked with illegal fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Tanzania. Senior ... Read more...

15-04-2014
Ghana and U.S. maritime forces complete combined maritime law enforcement operation

Ghanaian and U.S. maritime forces completed a three-week combined maritime law enforcement operation as part of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), on April 11. During the operation, the combined U.S.-Ghana boarding team was able to ... Read more...

13-04-2014
Ghana plans to improve maritime awareness, rapid response capabilities

Ghana is setting up a naval Special Forces unit, acquiring new aircraft, and looking to improve its maritime domain awareness to better secure its waters ahead of a planned increase in offshore oil and gas ... Read more...

10-04-2014
U.N.’s Fight Against Illegal Fishing

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 10 2014 (IPS) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has estimated that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs about 20 billion dollars annually. During two days of discussions here, which concluded Tuesday, ... Read more...

09-04-2014
Namibia: Uncertainty Over Fishery Observer Levies

Windhoek — The Fisheries Observer Agency (FOA) is uncertain whether or not it will receive an annual increase in its levy for trawlers to make it self-sustaining. Fisheries observer levies are the lifeblood sustaining the operations ... Read more...

08-04-2014
Royal Navy supports maritime security on West African coast

The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 anti-submarine frigate HMS Portland arrived in Cape Town last Friday, having spent three months undertaking maritime security activities off the coast of West Africa. The Devonport based warship deployed on ... Read more...

08-04-2014
Pirate’ Fishing Accounts for up to 33% of US Wild Fish Imports—Study

Between one-fifth and one-third of all the wild-caught seafood that comes into the United States may be caught by vessels engaging in "pirate" fishing, a new report says. The leading seafood trade association disputes the ... Read more...

07-04-2014
FAO Workshop to Help Combat Illegal Fishing in Caribbean

TRINIDAD and TOBAGO - The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), a body of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 26-28 March 2014 for its ... Read more...

07-04-2014
European Union enhances maritime awareness of Seychelles Air Force

On 2 April, a ceremony was held at the Seychelles Air Force base to mark the donation by EUCAP Nestor of flight planning and imagery analysis software and the successful completion of a course for ... Read more...

04-04-2014
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. ratifies critical treaty to fight illegal fishing

Pew Praises Ratification of Treaty to Fight Illegal Fishing Worldwide Port State Measures Agreement will strengthen inspection standards to keep illegally caught fish from reaching market Washington—The United States Senate on April 3 took a strong stand ... Read more...

02-04-2014
Senegal and Anti-Poaching Group Unite to Fight Illegal Fishing

Billions of (US) dollars. That's how much the anti-poaching group Sea Shepherd says West Africa loses to illegal fishing each year.  The region also accounts for nearly 40% of all of the world's poached fish. It's ... Read more...

31-03-2014
STOP ILLEGAL FISHING to hold General Meeting

On the 14th April 2014 Stop Illegal Fishing will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for its Voting Members. The purpose of the meeting is to provide voting members with the opportunity to discuss the ... Read more...

31-03-2014
Search for fishing boat suspended

A SEARCH has been suspended for a fishing vessel believed to have got into trouble off Antarctica, with authorities saying it's unlikely anyone survived. An RAAF P3 Orion aircraft and a civilian jet were on ... Read more...

28-03-2014
Sea Shepherd Crew to Assist the Republic of Senegal’s Patrols against Illegal, Unreported and Unre

Friday Harbor, WA March 27, 2014 – West Africa is the region of the world most subject to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, with an illegal catch estimated to cost West African countries between ... Read more...

28-03-2014
Agric Minister Orders Illegal Fishing Trawlers to Stop Operations

Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Friday warned illegal fishing trawlers operating in Nigeria's waters to stop their activities. Adesina gave the warning during the inspection of seized vessels by the Nigerian Navy under ... Read more...

28-03-2014
TECHNICAL INFORMATION IN FOOD & FISHERIES POLICY & DEVELOPMENT

 ish Files Lite is a free newsletter summarising key developments in EU fisheries and fish trade policy and legislation and is currently being received by over 13,000 fisheries professionals each month. To upgrade to FishFiles Professional ... Read more...

27-03-2014
S. Korea to begin real-time vessel tracking against illegal fishing

SEJONG, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is set to begin monitoring all its fishing boats operating in international or foreign waters to prevent illegal fishing or any other unwarranted activities, the government said Thursday. The ... Read more...

25-03-2014
First ever seafood trade ban

The EU decision to place trade restrictions on Belize, Cambodia and Guinea for failing to cooperate in fighting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, has been welcomed by environmental groups. The decision means EU member states ... Read more...

24-03-2014
EU Restricts Seafood Trade from Illegal Fishing Nations

GLOBAL - Four leading environmental groups – Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF have welcomed a decision by the EU Fisheries Council to place trade restrictions on Belize, Cambodia, and ... Read more...

21-03-2014
EU bans fish trade with Belize, Guinea, and Cambodia over IUU

The EU's executive arm will on Monday announce a ban on fish imports from Belize, Cambodia and Guinea (Conakry), in a move that could have repercussions for tuna companies such as MW Brands and Pervasa. The ... Read more...

21-03-2014
KPA denies illegal ship docked in

NOT HERE: KPA Control Tower at Mombasa port. It has dismissed claims that two illegal ships docked at the port. THE Kenya Ports Authority has dismissed claims that two ships wanted by Interpol for alleged illegal ... Read more...

20-03-2014
Most Imminent Threat to African Trade Comes From The Sea…Piracy

Africa's largest privately owned defence and aerospace business, Paramount Group has called for African solution for maritime insecurity across West Africa countries. According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paramount Naval System, James Fisher, ... Read more...

18-03-2014
Navy arrests 22 Chinese, 4 ships suspected of illegal entry

The Nigerian Navy has arrested four ships and 22 persons, suspected to be Chinese, who allegedly entered Nigeria's territorial waters illegally. The Commander of the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Commodore Godwin Ochai, who announced the ... Read more...

18-03-2014
Somalia: Piracy Declines Dramatically, Report Insurers

Somali piracy could be eliminated within a few years if foreign navies continue their patrols off the country's coast, reports a major insurance company. In a review of shipping losses in 2013, Allianz Global Corporate & ... Read more...

17-03-2014
New fisheries monitoring system unveiled

WALVIS BAY – The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau has urged all fishing companies that have not yet installed the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) of the  ministry, that is supposed to monitor ... Read more...

10-03-2014
Africa: Fewer Pirates, Different Risks - Africa Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Maritime Security

With incidents of maritime piracy declining and greater awareness of new maritime security threats, the shape and governance of various counter-piracy initiatives and institutions will come into question this year. These typically draw on a ... Read more...

10-03-2014
Detained fishermen return from Saudi Arabia

Fishermen were arrested for violating the Gulf country's territorial waters Sixty-six Egyptian fishermen arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating its territorial waters returned to Egypt on Monday. An Egyptian fisherman was killed and at least 65 were ... Read more...

07-03-2014
Exercise Saharan Express 2014 begins

Naval forces from the United States along with African and European maritime partners on Thursday commenced the fourth annual multinational exercise Saharan Express 2014. The exercise, being held in waters off West Africa, is an at-sea ... Read more...

05-03-2014
Namibia: 200 Illegal Fishermen in Court

Katima Mulilo — Two hundred illegal foreign fishermen arrested in recent seek-and-arrest operations have been arraigned before the Katima Mulilo Magistrate's Court and charged with illegal fishing. The foreign fishermen were seized in the joint operation ... Read more...

04-03-2014
Somalia: Puntland Forces Seize Illegal Fishing Vessel

Puntland Maritime Police forces have seized an illegal foreign fishing vessel together with several fishermen for illegally fishing in its waters, an official has confirmed. The Deputy Mayor of Alula district, Ali Salah told Journalists that ... Read more...

03-03-2014
S. Korea to begin real-time vessel tracking against illegal fishing

SEJONG, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is set to begin monitoring all its fishing boats operating in international or foreign waters to prevent illegal fishing or any other unwarranted activities, the government said Thursday. The ... Read more...

01-03-2014
Cartels, Illegal Fishing or Turtle Protection CR?

Costa Rica News – Costa Rica tries to market a green image to the rest of the world to entice vacation goers to continue to come to visit. But recently that "green" image has been ... Read more...

28-02-2014
Progress at last on offshore patrol vessel acquisition

The SA Navy has received the all clear from the Armaments Acquisition Council to acquire offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) in terms of Project Biro. While the number of hulls to be acquired has not been confirmed, ... Read more...

26-02-2014
Unmasking illegal fishing activities

TRAFFIC's new Fisheries Trade data website aims to show enforcement officers where to look for evidence of criminal activity At the fourth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop in Costa Rica delegates were told that analysis of ... Read more...

26-02-2014
Senegal's firebrand fisheries minister turns his ire on foreign factory ships

Donor countries are acting at cross purposes by tolerating, and in some cases registering, giant trawlers whose fishing techniques undermine west African food security, according to Senegal's fisheries minister. "The giant ships, like the Kiyevska Rus ... Read more...

24-02-2014
Trade data analysis can unmask illegal fishing activities

Costa Rica, 24th February 2014—Analysis of fisheries trade data provides a highly cost-effective and helpful method for accessing information that can assist in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the 4th Global Fisheries Enforcement ... Read more...

24-02-2014
Somalia: European Union Shares Counter-Piracy Knowledge With Tanzanian Maritime Authorities

On Monday 24th February, European Union counter-piracy operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, the civilian-led Maritime Security Capacity building EU Mission, hosted two training sessions for Tanzanian Maritime Police and Navy in Dar es Salaam to ... Read more...

23-02-2014
Well-funded program tries new approach to tackle overfishing in developing world

With small-scale fisheries that feed many of the world's poor under constant pressure from overfishing, a coalition of conservation groups has turned to one of the oldest ways of dividing the catch in an attempt ... Read more...

21-02-2014
EJF awarded IMCS Network ‘Stop IUU Fishing Award’

Yesterday, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) was announced as the Second Place Winner of the IMCS Network 'Stop IUU Fishing Award' for its unique system of illegal fishing alerts (so called "IUU Alerts") and community-based ... Read more...

20-02-2014
RLECC Bicol creates TWG, steps up campaign vs. illegal fishing

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) – The Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) in Bicol has intensified campaign to put a stop on illegal fishing activities by employing coordinated efforts among government agencies. The Sub-Committee on ... Read more...

19-02-2014
Operation Copper’s time almost up

South Africa's current three year anti-piracy commitment in the Mozambique Channel, Operation Copper, is due to end in six weeks' time with no word yet on extending the mission. The Valour Class frigate SAS Spioenkop is ... Read more...

18-02-2014
Fish farming grows rapidly, questions on labor, environmental impact

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly two thirds of seafood eaten in 2030 will be raised on fish farms, an industry that is expanding rapidly to meet growing demand especially from Asia, even as human ... Read more...

18-02-2014
Senegal fears its fish may be off the menu for local consumption

Foreign fish processing factories are competing with traditional communities for a dwindling catch. On the beach at Joal, a major fishing centre south of Senegal's capital, Dakar, women watch as the pirogues (fishing canoes) unload their ... Read more...

18-02-2014
12 fishermen arrested by Ugandan authorities released

Kisumu, Kenya: The Ugandan authorities have released 12 fishermen arrested in Lake Victoria. The fishermen who spent a week at the Ama Police Station were released following the intervention of Kenyan security agents in Migori and ... Read more...

17-02-2014
Nigeria: Group Advises FG against Ban of Imported Fish

Nigeria Trawler Owners Association (NITOA) has cautioned the federal government against its plans to ban fish importation. The group in a statement signed by its Information Officer, Manny Philipsson, observed that further reduction in fish ... Read more...

17-02-2014
Somalia: Puntland Fisheries Minister calls an end to Illegal foreign Fishing

Puntland Minister for Fisheries and marine resources Mr Abdinur Elmi Bindhe has issued a strong warning against companies and individuals involved in illegal fishing and exploitation of resources around the state's coastline. Somalia has the longest ... Read more...

17-02-2014
Nigeria Produces 420,000 metric Tonnes of Fish - CAFAN

Lagos - The Catfish Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) has said that Nigeria produced 420,000 metric tonnes of fish after aquaculture was included in the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme. The National President of CAFAN, Chief Tayo ... Read more...

14-02-2014
Africa: U.S. Senate Urged to Ratify Treaties to Combat 'Pirate Fishing'

Illegal fishing, driven by the high demand for seafood combined with negligent enforcement of registration and other tracking mechanisms, is a serious threat to food security, marine ecosystems and management of fishing resources around the ... Read more...

13-02-2014
200kg of bombed fish seized

KUDAT: The Marine Operations Force (MOF) here confiscated about 200kg of fish that are believed to have been caught through bombing. MOF chief ACP Mohamad Madun said four pump boats were also seized during an operation, ... Read more...

13-02-2014
Two Vessels Denied Entry At Mombasa

TWO Indonesian illegal fishing vessels were last week barred from Kenyan waters, authorities have said. Berkat Menjala no 23 and Samdera Pacific no 8 intended to dock at the Port of Mombasa for ship stores, ... Read more...

13-02-2014
Begich Blasts Pirate Fishing Industry

As Chairman of the Senate subcommittee with official jurisdiction over oceans and fisheries, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Wednesday stood up to the pirate fishing industry - which has cost coastal communities millions of dollars ... Read more...

12-02-2014
19 illegal fishers pay P50,000 fine

NINETEEN fishermen engaging in Danish seine or "hulbot-hulbot" fishing were made to pay a P50,000 compromise fine following their arrest in Iloilo City recently. The fishermen were arrested off the coast of Sicogon Island, Carles onboard ... Read more...

11-02-2014
Addressing holistically the issue of piracy in the horn of Africa

The issue of piracy in the coast of Somalia began in 1990, when foreign vessels flocked to Somalia's unguarded coast, profiting the marine resources and at times dumping radioactive chemical wastes as evidenced with the ... Read more...

06-02-2014
Angola: Border Police to Strengthen Maritime, Fluvial Security

The Angolan Border Police (PGF) throughout this year are to strengthen their operational capacity by setting up maritime and fluvial detachments, aimed at discouraging illegal immigration and other border infringements, disclosed last Wednesday, in Luanda, ... Read more...

05-02-2014
Africa: Fish Farms to Produce Nearly Two Thirds of Global Food Fish Supply By 2030, Report Shows

February 5, 2014, Washington D.C.-Aquaculture-or fish farming-will provide close to two thirds of global food fish consumption by 2030 as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand from an emerging global middle class, ... Read more...

05-02-2014
West Africa Illegal Fishing Hits West Africa's Stocks

Coastal waters West African waters have the highest levels of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the world, up to half of the total catch. In Liberia, over 40 industrial fishing vessels have been investigated for ... Read more...

04-02-2014
Dongwon accused of defrauding US government over tuna fishing

Dongwon Industries is being accused of fraudulently getting around US vessel licensing laws using a scheme involving the nieces of Jae-chul Kim, chairman of the South Korean fishing group. The company, parent of US tuna brand ... Read more...

04-02-2014
Huge investment to fight illegal fishing

From 2010 to date, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) of the European Union (EU) made 230 controls to combat illegal fishing in all Member States. According to the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, ... Read more...

03-02-2014
Navy rising to meet new challenges

The South Africa Navy (SAN) is facing ever increasing demands to perform with little in the way of extra resources, but is rising to meet the challenge. So says the new Flag Office Fleet, Rear Admiral ... Read more...

02-02-2014
FAO to help Ghana fight unregulated fishing

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to support the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) to address the issues of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing along the shores of the country. Labelled the ... Read more...

01-02-2014
SAPS and Ezemvelo bust gillnetters

Durban - 42 fishing craft and almost 5kms of gillnets were confiscated and destroyed in a massive, joint raid by the SAPS and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife at False Bay this week. The operation was carried ... Read more...

30-01-2014
Angola: Fisheries Sector Plays Important Role for Developing Coastal Areas

The fisheries sector in Angola plays an important role in the development of the coastal areas, particularly in food security, poverty reduction and employment promotion, especially in the artisanal and semi -industrial fishery, whose fleet ... Read more...

30-01-2014
Namibia: Fighting Illegal Fishing on the Zambezi

The Sikunga Conservancy patrol boat makes fast on the bank of a Zambezi river channel and the fish guards bring in an illegal fishing net. The net was strung out in the channel the night ... Read more...

30-01-2014
Blockade after two fishermen missing

Hout Bay harbour was blockaded on Wednesday by angry fishermen and their families after two fishermen were feared drowned while fishing illegally. A number of those at the gathering said informal fishermen were forced to ... Read more...

29-01-2014
Bio robots for Indian Ocean research

Robotic floats armed with revolutionary new sensors will be launched in the Indian Ocean, as part of a new India-Australia research partnership to find out more about the world's third largest ocean. The Indian Ocean contains ... Read more...

29-01-2014
West Africa: Abidjan Convention to Protect Africa's Western Marine and Coastal Environment

Abidjan Convention's assistant coordinator of communications, partnerships and fundraising has revealed that the Convention is a comprehensive umbrella agreement, which came into force in 1984, for the protection and management of the marine and coastal ... Read more...

28-01-2014
President Uhuru Launches Research Vessel in Mombasa

President Uhuru Kenyatta has put on notice foreign fishermen who plunder stocks in Kenyan territorial waters and drug traffickers who take advantage of the porous coastline. Uhuru said the country will no longer sit and watch as it loses about ... Read more...

28-01-2014
Ivory Coast Rebuilds Navy to Battle Growing Piracy Threat

ABIDJAN, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast is adding around 40 new vessels to its depleted navy as it confronts a growing threat from pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, the country's defence minister said ... Read more...

27-01-2014
Spioenkop on Operation Copper duty

Just on a month after returning from a six week long West Africa voyage, the South African Navy's frigate SAS Spioenkop took up station in the Mozambique Channel on Operation Copper counter-piracy duty. The Valour Class ... Read more...

22-01-2014
Sharks: among the world's most threatened vertebrates

The Shark Trust, the UK charity for shark conservation, identified today's analysis of the IUCN Global Shark Red List Assessment as a wake-up call for shark conservation and management efforts. The results of the IUCN analysis ... Read more...

22-01-2014
Senegalese authorities release detained Russian vessel accused of fishing illegally

DAKAR, Senegal - Senegalese authorities say they have released a Russian boat that was caught fishing illegally off the coast of the West African nation. Fisheries Minister Ali Haidar said late Wednesday that the vessel was ... Read more...

22-01-2014
Majority of DAFF fleet back at sea

The majority of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' six patrol vessels are back at sea and patrolling South Africa's Exclusive Economic Zone under Nautic South Africa management. Nautic South Africa told defence Web that ... Read more...

22-01-2014
South Africa requests INTERPOL Notices for vessels suspected of illegal fishing and crew abuse

LYON, France – South Africa has requested INTERPOL Purple Notices in order to locate two vessels whose operators are suspected of illegal fishing and of subjecting their crews to labour and human rights abuses. The two ... Read more...

21-01-2014
Somalia: Somali Navy Vows to Eradicate Illegal Fishing - Commander

The Commander of Somali Navy Admiral Madeey Nur Ufurow has vowed to eliminate the illegal fishing and the toxic waste dumping into Somalia waters. Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu Admiral Ufurow said that the ... Read more...

19-01-2014
DAKAR - Two weeks after impounding a Russian trawler accused of illegal fishing in its waters, Seneg

DAKAR - Two weeks after impounding a Russian trawler accused of illegal fishing in its waters, Senegal has not blinked in the face of huge diplomatic pressure. At the center of the acrimonious spat between Dakar ... Read more...

17-01-2014
South Africa: New Fishing Rights Allocation Process Needed

The DA will today call for the fishing rights allocation process to be started from scratch. This follows allegations by a legal expert that the score-sheets used by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to ... Read more...

16-01-2014
Angola: Over 72.000 Tons of Fish Caught in 2013 in Benguela

Benguela — At least 72,587 tons of fish, especially sardines, horse mackerel, mackerel, croaker and cachucho were caught in 2013 in the province of Benguela, a decrease of 7,094 over the same period of 2012. The ... Read more...

14-01-2014
French tuna fleets pilot new observer scheme with African nations

A new scheme could see observers chosen from a common pool of French and African officials supervise nearly every fishing trip of French tuna vessels. Led by the French frozen tuna producers' association Orthongel, the project would be the first ... Read more...

12-01-2014
Sea Shepherd Launches “Operation Sunu Gaal”

Sea Shepherd Launches "Operation Sunu Gaal" – an anti-poaching campaign to assist the Republic of Senegal patrol against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing West Africa is the region of the world most subject to Illegal, Unreported ... Read more...

09-01-2014
Russia accuses Greenpeace of encouraging Senegal to seize trawler

Russian official renews hostilities with Greenpeace over the seizure and detention of the Oleg Naydenov Russia has renewed hostilities with Greenpeace after the release of the protesters known as the Arctic 30, accusing the environmental organisation of being behind ... Read more...

09-01-2014
Senegal: Arrest of the Oleg Naydenov Shows Flag States Need to Better Control Their Fleets

In the summer of 2012, small-scale Senegalese fishermen reported a rapid and significant increase in their catches. They attributed their rising fortunes to newly elected President Macky Sall's decision to revoke the licences of 29 large ... Read more...

09-01-2014
The unequal battle over West Africa's rich fish stocks

Whether still trapped in the mesh of a net, on a market stall or on your plate with rice and an onion sauce, fish are everywhere to be seen in Senegal's peninsula capital, Dakar. "Families have ... Read more...

08-01-2014
Africa: Oleg Yet Again!

The Russian trawler Oleg Naydenov has once again been the main player in the saga "IUU fishing off the Senegalese coasts." In late December, it was caught engaged in suspected looting in southern Senegal by ... Read more...

05-01-2014
Price of bluefin tuna nosedives at Tokyo auction

TOKYO (AP) — Sushi restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura paid 7.36 million yen (about $70,000) for a 507-pound (230-kilogram) bluefin tuna in the year's celebratory first auction at Tokyo's Tsukiji market on Sunday, just 5 percent of what he paid ... Read more...

04-01-2014
Senegal seizes Russian ship fishing 'illegally'

Dakar (AFP) - Senegal's navy has boarded a Russian ship that was allegedly illegally fishing in its waters and is escorting it toward Dakar, the military said on Saturday. The ship was boarded after it was observed illegally fishing ... Read more...

03-01-2014
Kenya, China pact to secure borders, waters

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3 – The Kenyan government has partnered with China in the use of modern technology to secure its borders and territorial waters. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony for the 15th Chinese Navy Escort Task Force in ... Read more...

30-12-2013
EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement, Scandalous and Disgraceful

Awserd — The fisheries agreement concluded recently between the European Union (EU) and Morocco for the "illegal" exploitation of Western Sahara's fisheries resources is "scandalous and disgraceful," said Monday in Awserd the representatives of international youth organizations. In his address ... Read more...

24-12-2013
Somalia - European Union to Lead International Counter Piracy Efforts in 2014

From the 1st of January 2014 the European Union will assume for one year the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) with Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General of the European External ... Read more...

18-12-2013
Gambia - Artisanal Fisheries Operators Capacitised

A four day training for Artisanal Fisheries operators on participatory surveillance was on Thursday concluded at the Laico Atlantic Hotel in Banjul. The training came to a conclusion with a visit to Banjul and Bakau fish landing site. The ... Read more...

16-12-2013
Ghana combats unregulated fishing

Ghana is cooperating with her neighbors to combat the prevalent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing practices in the sub-region. Nayon Bilijo, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD), who made this known at a conference in Accra, said the ... Read more...

12-12-2013
Namibia successfully keeps IUU fishing at bay

WITH its fleet of patrol vessel and airplanes to patrol the coast, Namibia has succeeded in keeping illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishers from plundering its valuable marine resources. The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau, said there ... Read more...

11-12-2013
Mozambique wants to renegotiate EU fishing deal to pave way for domestic fleet

Mozambique intends to renegotiate its fishing agreement with the European Union, particularly with regards to tuna fishing, reported the news agency Xinhua. The country has embarked on a process to ensure that more of its fishing resources are caught by ... Read more...

06-12-2013
Fishermen criticize EU double standard

The European Union (E.U.) is facing a backlash from Korean fishermens organizations over its Nov. 26 decision to preliminarily add the country to its illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF) list. The Korea Overseas Fisheries Association (KOFA), a ... Read more...

06-12-2013
Morocco - African Leaders Urge the EP to Reject EU-Morocco Fisheries Protocol

Several voices have been raised to urge the European Parliament (EP) members to reject the EU-Morocco Fisheries Protocol. In a letter addressed to the President of the EP, Martin Schulz, the President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), H.E ... Read more...

06-12-2013
EJF applauds IMO decision to combat pirate fishing vessels

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) welcomes the UN decision to combat pirate fishing and the Spanish industry's call for fishing vessels to obtain IMO numbers. The UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) has taken a major step ... Read more...

05-12-2013
Countries unite to identify illegal fishing vessel via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A joint effort by New Zealand, Australia and Norway to find a vessel suspected of illegal fishing has led to the publication of an INTERPOL Purple Notice to assist in identifying its location. Circulated to all 190 ... Read more...

05-12-2013
Tunisia - Creation of Ministerial Commission and Secretariat General in Charge of Maritime Affairs

Tunis — A cabinet meeting held on Wednesday in Tunis, under the chairmanship of caretaker Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, decided the creation of a Ministerial Commission and Secretariat General in charge of the management of the maritime affairs. According ... Read more...

04-12-2013
UN Body closes loophole in fight against illegal fishing

Move paves way for mandatory identification numbers Under current fisheries laws in most of the world, a 100-ton fishing vessel can essentially "disappear" by completing basic paperwork to change its name, radio call sign, or flag ... Read more...

04-12-2013
Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreement Will Amplify Plunder of Saharawi Wealth

Algiers — The Saharawi Minister of Cooperation Mr. Brahim Mojtar urged the European Parliament not to vote for the fisheries agreement with Morocco, declaring that is the agreement is concluded, it will only "amplify" the looting of Sahrawi ... Read more...

01-12-2013
Fishermen who worked in slave-like conditions on trawlers are then not allowed to come ashore

DOZENS of Indonesian fishermen who spent months stranded in Cape Town's harbour, sleeping in cramped and suffocating quarters, have been taken ashore to a repatriation centre after being stuck at sea for years without pay. The group of 75 fishermen ... Read more...

28-11-2013
S. Africa regards illegal fishing as "act of terrorism" - Parliament committee

Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi said on Monday the referendum on the country's new constitution will be held in January, state-run Al-Ahram reported. Beblawi said at an economic conference that the constitutional referendum will be held in the ... Read more...

28-11-2013
Dongwon, gov't blamed for 'illegal fishing' tag

The government, Dongwon Industries and other fisheries companies are under fire for failing to take preemptive steps to prevent the E.U.'s preliminary listing of Korea as a country engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF). On Nov. 26, ... Read more...

28-11-2013
South Africa: Anti-Poaching Interventions Welcomed

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has welcomed anti-poaching interventions, which have led to a decline in illegal fishing activities since October this year. The arrests and detention of several suspected fishers recently included a number of foreign vessels ... Read more...

27-11-2013
The European Commission has pledged to ban fisheries imports from Belize, Cambodia and Guinea

The European Commission has pledged to ban fisheries imports from Belize, Cambodia and Guinea, due to their inability to improve their fisheries management plans. Today's announcement follows a formal warning by the Commission one year ... Read more...

26-11-2013
Atlantic fishing nations fail to act to protect sharks, tuna

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nations whose fleets fish for bluefin tuna and sharks ended a meeting in South Africa without reaching agreement on action to protect critically endangered species, environmentalist groups said. A proposal to ban fishing of the critically ... Read more...

25-11-2013
South Africa: Anti-Poaching Interventions Welcomed

The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has welcomed anti-poaching interventions, which have led to a decline in illegal fishing activities since October this year. The arrests and detention of several suspected fishers recently included a number of ... Read more...

23-11-2013
Illegal practices threaten Uganda’s fisheries sector

Rampant illegal fishing and trading in immature fish are threatening Nile perch and Tilapia fish species in Ugandan lakes, the country's Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries has said. This has prompted the ministry to call for the establishment ... Read more...

20-11-2013
Report reveals illegal shark fishing

A total of up to 24 countries would be catching sharks in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean without declaring these catches, contravening the rules of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). This was revealed ... Read more...

18-11-2013
Activists seeking to stop illegal fishing gather in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Illegal fishing off Africa -- often by ships from wealthy nations like South Korea -- costs the continent millions of dollars a year, with poor West African nations among the hardest hit. Activists and environmental organizations ... Read more...

18-11-2013
Manx support lands $16 million catch for African fishermen

The Isle of Man's role in rescuing poor coastal communities in West Africa from the blight of illegal fishing by foreign trawlers has been highlighted at an international conference on environmental crime. The provision of a fisheries protection vessel and ... Read more...

15-11-2013
EU and Seychelles successfully initial Fisheries Access Agreement

PRESS  RELEASE Delegations from the European Union (EU) and the Seychelles have today successfully initialled a Fishery Access Agreement at a meeting in Victoria, Seychelles, which will allow Seychelles flagged vessels to continue fishing operations in ... Read more...

12-11-2013
Cutlass Express Boosts Maritime Interoperability in East Africa

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2013 – A maritime exercise underway in East Africa is helping regional partners build capability and an ability to work together to better confront piracy, illegal fishing and other transnational challenges, reported Navy Capt. Guy ... Read more...

11-11-2013
Mozambique to build up its own tuna fleet

Various press sources announced that Mozambique has ordered 30 vessels from a French shipyard: 24 fishing vessels – a mixture of trawlers and longliners – and six patrol boats, costing between €200 and 300 million. The finance minister, ... Read more...

08-11-2013
Damanaki insists in ‘zero tolerance’ as to illegal fishing

Eight countries that were requested to meet their international obligations as to illegal unreported unregulated fisheries (IUU) have made 'credible progress', others have not responded in the same way. In a speech made at an event ... Read more...

07-11-2013
Korea will investigate illegal fish

On 5 November a representative of the Korean Government announced that it will be investigating Dutch-flagged cargo vessel, Holland Klipper, which arrived in the Korean port of Busan on 31 October carrying an estimated $14m of suspected illegal ... Read more...

07-11-2013
EU to take action on three countries linked with IUU

  Speaking at a Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) conference on ending illegal fishing, EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki proposed to take action on three countries which had made no effort to address their links to illegal, ... Read more...

06-11-2013
Fisheries inspectors cannot patrol

THE small fleet of Nissan bakkies used as patrol vehicles of fisheries inspectors, has aged to such an extent that breakdowns have brought all patrol duties along the coast to a halt. Officials in the Inspectorate of the Ministry ... Read more...

06-11-2013
INTERPOL-UNEP conference aims to develop global roadmap against environmental crime

NAIROBI, Kenya – Designing a joint international strategy to tackle environmental crime is the focus of the first Executive Level Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) Meeting co-hosted by UNEP and INTERPOL. Senior law enforcement officials as well as representatives ... Read more...

04-11-2013
Signing of New Fishing Agreements "Stark Contrast” Against International Law

Brussels — The Polisario Front has warned against the signing of a new fishing agreement between the European Union and Morocco that does not clearly exlude Sahrawi territorial waters, which constitutes a "stark contrast" against international law, ethics ... Read more...

04-11-2013
Landmark Event Encourages EU Member States to Take Stronger Action on Illegal Fishing

EU - The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is hosting an event in Brussels on Tuesday 5 November which will see some of the major players in international fisheries management coming together in a global fight against Illegal, Unreported ... Read more...

04-11-2013
Push to Enhance Management and Conservation in Tuna Fisheries on the High Seas

PRESS RELEASE Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO Naoko Ishii today approved a project coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve the health and sustainability of tuna fisheries worldwide by reducing illegal catch ... Read more...

03-11-2013
Illegal fishing business thriving in Nigeria

By Emeka Umejei – Beatrice Gorez is coordinator of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreement (CFFA), a Brussels-based Pro-artisanal lobby group that champions sustainable fishery agreements in Africa. One of its recent achievements, was the overwhelming endorsement by the ... Read more...

01-11-2013
Comprehensive, multi-national approach needed for African maritime security

A senior advisor with US Africa Command (Africom) recommends African security sector leaders increase inter-agency, multi-national, and industry co-ordination to improve African responses to maritime security challenges. Dr Jun Bando, Africom Commander's Action Group director, was addressing a gathering of ... Read more...

29-10-2013
Marine Police asked to be proactive

The Coastal Platform for Peace-building (COPP), a group made up of opinion leaders from the six coastal districts in the Western Region, at the weekend called on the Marine Unit of the Ghana Police Service to be proactive ... Read more...

29-10-2013
EJF warns illegal fish worth USD 14 million is bound to arrive

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is urging both the Dutch and the South Korean governments to take immediate drastic action regarding the imminent arrival of illegal fish valued in USD 14 million. According to the NGO, the suspected illegal cargo ... Read more...

25-10-2013
Namibia: No Resources to Curb Overfishing in Kavango

THE Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources officers in the Kavango are unable to curb the illegal overfishing allegedly being done by Angolans from Matondoti settlement across the Okavango river. Conservationists who belong to a group called the Kavango Open ... Read more...

24-10-2013
Isle of Man patrol vessel improving fishing 'Wild West'

Assistance provided by the Isle of Man is "dramatically improving lives in Sierra Leone" the island's environment minister Phil Gawne has said. The call comes one year after the Manx government donated a former customs and excise vessel to ... Read more...

23-10-2013
Somaliland: “IGAD’s workshop on “Illegal Unregulated and Unreported Fisheries”

A recent Illegal Unregulated and Unreported [IUU] Fisheries workshop held in Djibouti by the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development [IGAD] for East Africa and facilitated by the Fish I Africa Organisation and the African Maritime Safety and Security Agency finalised ... Read more...

22-10-2013
Fishing gear destroyed

Bunyala Illegal fishing gears that had been banned in Eastern and Central African countries were yesterday set ablaze by the fisheries officials in Bunyala disctrict. The exercise was presided over by an officer from the fisheries department and witnessed ... Read more...

22-10-2013
Fishing gear destroyed

Bunyala Illegal fishing gears that had been banned in Eastern and Central African countries were yesterday set ablaze by the fisheries officials in Bunyala disctrict. The exercise was presided over by an officer from the fisheries department and witnessed ... Read more...

21-10-2013
Liberia: Agreement to Combat Illegal Fishing Signed

The Bureau of National Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Collaborative Management Association (CMA) in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, have signed an agreement to prevent illegal fishing in the county. The agreement also aims to give legal ... Read more...

18-10-2013
Tanzania: Illegal Fishing Persists in Lake Victoria

Mara — ILLEGAL fishing remains a serious challenge in Lake Victoria despite a prolonged campaign to curb the problem in the world's second largest inland water body shared by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Tanzanian officials are still trying to stop ... Read more...

18-10-2013
Eritrea frees 81 Yemeni fishermen

Sana'a: A total of 81 Yemeni fishermen, detained by Eritrean authorities for nearly a-year-and-a-half, have been released, the Yemeni government said Thursday. The fishermen arrived in Yemen's Red Sea port city of al-Hodayda Thursday night, reported Xinhua citing the ... Read more...

17-10-2013
Namibia: Illegal Fishermen Plunder the Zambezi

"THEY are busy killing the river and nobody is doing anything about it!" laments Riaan van Niekerk the owner of Island View Lodge in the Zambezi Region. Lodge owners and environmental conservationists fear that the Zambezi River's once bountiful fish ... Read more...

16-10-2013
Chinese delegation vists NPCA

A Chinese Delegation from the Fresh-Water Fisheries Research Centre (FFRC) in Wuxi, Jiansu Province in China visited the NEPAD Agency in Midrand on the 10 October 2013. Issues discussed include the FFRC technical and technological support for Namibia ... Read more...

15-10-2013
Vessel held over alleged illegal fishing

A ship called the Naham No 4, which flies the Omani flag, will not be allowed to leave Table Bay Harbour after the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) secured an 11th hour Western Cape High Court application to attach ... Read more...

10-10-2013
EJF launches urgent alert on illegal fish destined for Korea

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released an alert warning of the imminent arrival of illegal fish in the Korean port of Busan. EJF documented the Korean-flagged Kum Woong 101 fishing illegally in Sierra Leone's Inshore Exclusion Zone (IEZ) - ... Read more...

10-10-2013
Environmental Justice Foundation IUU Alert - Follow Up

Activities of Kum Woong 101 in Sierra Leone IEZ and potential transhipments in the Guinean EEZ Summary of the Activities of Kum Woong 101: Using the software ExactEarth, EJF regularly monitors fishing vessel activities in West Africa. ExactEarth is a satellitebased ... Read more...

10-10-2013
Africa Told to Protect Marine Wealth

AN international body for marine environment protection and sea navigation security has said there is need for African countries to protect marine resources. The Southern African Regional Cooperation Group on Safety of Navigation and Marine Environment Protection (Sagnep) said Africa ... Read more...

10-10-2013
EJF: Illegal fish due to arrive in Korea

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released an alert warning of the imminent arrival of illegal fish in the Korean port of Busan. EJF documented the Korean-flagged Kum Woong 101 fishing illegally in Sierra Leone's Inshore ... Read more...

09-10-2013
Gambia - Training On Fisheries, Poverty Reduction Underway

A two-day capacity building training for parliamentarians and local elected officials on fisheries and poverty reduction on Tuesday opened at the Djeliba Hotel in Kololi. The training, which is organised by the Network of Alliance of Parliamentarians and local elected ... Read more...

08-10-2013
Fish from West Africa being illegally shipped to South Korea, say activists

Vessel off Sierra Leone believed to be carrying more than 4,000 boxes of illegally caught fish to meet Asian seafood demand There is new evidence that large quantities of fish from west Africa are being "stolen" from communities heavily dependent ... Read more...

08-10-2013
European Parliament approves EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement

The European Parliament today, 8 October, approved the new EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement. The parliament endorsed the fisheries agreement with 467 votes in favour, 154 against, and 28 abstentions. Under the agreement, EU vessels do not get any quota for Octopus. This ... Read more...

07-10-2013
Senegal: Taking Parliament to the Oceans

PRESS RELEASE Parliament Workshop held in Senegal to discuss sustainable fisheries management As West African oceans face unprecedented pressure from international fishing vessels, Greenpeace is holding a workshop with Senegalese parliamentarians to discuss the impending crisis - and ways to turn ... Read more...

04-10-2013
South Africa: Bill to Grant Small-Scale Fishing Rights

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has described as "historic" a new amendment Bill which will give small-scale fishers collective fishing rights for the first time, helping to root out poverty and poaching in South Africa's 150 fishing ... Read more...

03-10-2013
Uganda: Mayors to Save Lake Victoria

The mayors' joint effort is championed through the Lake Victoria Local Authorities' Co-operation (LAVLAC). Meeting in Tororo last week, the mayors cleaned the town and planted trees. LAVLAC was started by former Entebbe Mayor Stephen Kabuye in 1997 to mobilise ... Read more...

02-10-2013
Ghana to check illegal fishing with support from other W/A countries

Ghana is collaborating with other West African Countries to check illegal fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.This follows the European Union’s (EU) ban on the export of raw and processed tuna from the sub–region into its ... Read more...

01-10-2013
Piracy, Illegal Fishing, and Maritime Insecurity in Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania

Long coastlines, porous borders, a lack of government capacity, weak enforcement mechanisms, corruption, and other factors have enabled illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing to thrive in Somalia's waters. The same factors have allowed other transnational threats to develop ... Read more...

28-09-2013
Somalia - Puntland forces seize illegal fishing vessels, arrest 25 Yemenis

BOSSASO, Somalia Sep. 28, 2013 (Garowe Online) - The coastguard of Somalia’s northeastern state of Puntland have seized three small fishing vessels, a boat and 25 Yemeni sailors off the coast of Bossaso on Saturday, ... Read more...

25-09-2013
Illegal fishing depleting resource - TAFIRI

Catch down sharply from 1,700 kilos per hour in 2000 Nile perch stock drops to 161.67m tons from 383.27m Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) has said that illegal fishing in the country has contributed to a sharp ... Read more...

24-09-2013
Violation of Nzeto maritime zone by pirate ships denounced

The director of Nzeto Maritime Post, Zaire province, in the northern part of Angola, Francisco Mendes, denounced last weekend in that town, it is constant travellers from unknown origin, fishing illegally in maritime zone of ... Read more...

24-09-2013
Nile perch exports continue to dwindle

Uganda has been warned it could lose its stock of Nile perch if it does not stem the growing tide of illegal fishing.Meeting in Kampala recently, stakeholders from 11 Eastern African countries urged Uganda to ... Read more...

18-09-2013
Ghana: Local Versions of Fisheries Regulation Launched

The Fisheries Regulation has been translated into five local languages - Dangme, Ewe, Ga,Mfantse and Nzema. The translation was done by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) and the Development Action Association (DAA), ... Read more...

17-09-2013
Body to combat illegal fishing set up

A Fisheries Enforcement Unit (FEU), authorised to combat illegal fishing activities in Ghana, has been inaugurated in Tema in the Greater Accra Region.The FEU is composed of personnel from the Ghana Navy, the Ghana Air ... Read more...

16-09-2013
Can Ghana Lift its Tuna Export Ban?

GHANA - The government of Ghana is optimistic that the ban on exports of raw and processed tuna from Ghana to the European Union will soon be lifted.Due to problems with illegal fishing in Ghana, ... Read more...

16-09-2013
Ghana’s fishery sector suffers under illegal fishing methods

 ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- Overuse of illegal fishing methods has caused a rapid decline to Ghana’s fish stock, said James Kwabla Azamesu, a senior official of the ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, on Monday.Azamesu named ... Read more...

13-09-2013
Foreign vessel held by SA authorities

Durban - A Japanese vessel has been arrested for allegedly fishing illegally near the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area, south of Durban. Officials from the Department of Fisheries in Cape Town confirmed on Thursday night that ... Read more...

10-09-2013
Mozambique signs patrol, interceptor vessel contract with CMN

 The Mozambican government has signed a $200 million deal with French shipyard CMN to build three patrol vessels, three fast interceptors and 24 fishing trawlers. The contract represents a major boost to Mozambique’s small Navy.Constructions ... Read more...

10-09-2013
MEDIA RELEASE: Norway requests first INTERPOL notice for illegal fishing

LYON, France - Close cooperation between INTERPOL and Norway has led to the publication of the first Purple Notice for a vessel believed to be engaged in illegal fishing activities.Issued to law enforcement in all ... Read more...

09-09-2013
East Africa: Fisheries Officials to Review Fish Projects

FISHERIES officials and government representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Africa are meeting in Kampala on Tuesday to review the contribution of the Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) phase II fish program in strengthening fisheries management.Funded ... Read more...

05-09-2013
European Union and Somalia Join Hands in Maritime Security Partnership

On 4 September 2013, off the coast of Mogadishu, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Atalanta hosted the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on board the Dutch EU NAVFOR flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt. ... Read more...

04-09-2013
Exporter loses $5m due to EU ban on tuna from Ghana

Myroc Food Processing Company Limited, exporters of processed canned tuna, says it has lost more than $5 million this year following the European Union ban on tuna exports from Ghana because of what it termed ... Read more...

03-09-2013
Tanzania: Two Appeal in 'Magufuli Fish' Case

THE two foreigners, Hsu Chin Tai and Zhao Hanquing, who were convicted of illegal fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United Republic of Tanzania, have appealed to the Court of Appeal opposing judgment ... Read more...

30-08-2013
European Union boosts regional cooperation to combat illegal fishing in Guinea Bissau

The European Union has re-launched its monitoring and cooperation activities with Guinea Bissau, as part of its regional marine monitoring programme, the European delegation in the country said in Bissau Thursday.According to the statement, the programme has funding ... Read more...

28-08-2013
Tanzania: Curbing Illegal Fishing Requires Community Participation

Mwanza — BEING one of the fastest growing third world countries, Tanzania has invested in the fishing industry. According to the statistics, the country has many natural water bodies, as well as several constructed fish ... Read more...

27-08-2013
Tuna fishing mismanagement denies Tanzania USD5bn annually

The fisheries sector plays an important role in the national economy of Tanzania. The sector contributes to about 1.4 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The sector employs a considerable number of people directly ... Read more...

26-08-2013
Can Technology End Pirate Fishing?

Last week, a 60-meter Japanese fishing vessel following the Benguela Current northward along the southwest coast of Africa entered Angolan waters, where it remained for some five days before returning to international waters to meet ... Read more...

22-08-2013
Cameroon, France Discuss Maritime Security Cooperation

The outgoing Ambassador of France to Cameroon, Bruno Gain says France is ready to help Cameroon build maritime security at the regional level. This, he said, falls in line with other prospects of defence cooperation ... Read more...

22-08-2013
Ghana: Illegal Fishing Practices Killing Industry

Tema — Fishermen operating at the Tema Fishing Harbour have called on the government and the various security agencies to, with immediate effect, start arresting and prosecuting those who had breached LI 1968, the law ... Read more...

22-08-2013
MSC hails South African initiative

WOOLWORTHS South Africa has announced a commitment to sustainability that includes sourcing wild-caught seafood from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. The retailer first introduced a Sustainable Seafood Policy to their operations in 2008 and ... Read more...

20-08-2013
Taiwan to donate three patrol boats to The Gambia

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taiwan will donate three more patrol boats to diplomatically The Gambia to help strengthen its ability to patrol its coast, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday. The African country will officially take over ... Read more...

19-08-2013
Mauritius to receive Indian-built patrol vessel

The island nation of Mauritius will take delivery of a new offshore patrol vessel next year, and use it for fighting piracy, illegal fishing and drug trafficking. It was launched at an Indian shipyard earlier this month. The vessel, ... Read more...

19-08-2013
Gambia: Illegal Fishing Activities on Sub-Regional Waters Denounced

Stakeholders in the fisheries sector have denounced illegal fishing activities by some fishing vessels on the territorial waters of member countries of the Sub Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), lamenting the threat they pose to the fisheries resources. This ... Read more...

15-08-2013
Somaliland: “Illegal Fishers shall Face the Music if Caught”-Fisheries DG

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The government is determined towards the beneficial exploitation of its marine resources. This ministry of fisheries and marine resources is consolidating commercial activities within Somaliland's territorial waters especially as pertains to the deterrence of illegal fishing ... Read more...

07-08-2013
Ten Fishing Companies Fined USD3.1m for Breaching Regulations

Ten 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. The companies are Clear Skies Company, Afko Fisheries Company, Trust ... Read more...

03-08-2013
Task Force to enforce Fisheries Act inaugurated

A Task Force to enforce the Fisheries Act has been inaugurated in Accra. The Task Force which is the brain child of the Ministries of Defense and Food and Agriculture is empowered to mount surveillance within a radius ... Read more...

02-08-2013
West Africa: commercial fishery stocks, over-exploited

Most of the commercial fishery stocks are nearly over-exploited in the west African region, the representatives of the 15 Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) at the 10th session of the ACP-EU regional Joint ... Read more...

01-08-2013
Fishermen swear oath against illegal fishing methods

Some fishermen and canoe owners in the Jomoro District have sworn an oath not to engage in illegal fishing practices following reports that some fishermen still engage in the practice.Nana Ibrahim Quansah, Chief Fisherman for ... Read more...

30-07-2013
GCC Businessmen supporting illegal fishing in Somalia: UN

A UN report released last week has revealed fears that businessmen in the Gulf region may be actively supporting illegal fishing in Somali waters, often using former pirates as armed guards for the fishing vessels. The annual UN report compiled ... Read more...

25-07-2013
Somali pirates now protecting illegal fishing biz

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - 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 ... Read more...

24-07-2013
EU-Morocco accord

MARIA Damanaki has today signed a 4-year Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the Moroccan Minister for Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch.According to the Commissioner, the protocol is consistent with the reform ... Read more...

24-07-2013
Chinese captain deported for misconduct

Only days after the deportation of a Chinese construction site manager for worker abuse, a second Chinese national, a vessel captain, was deported after an incident of illegal dumping of fish at sea. In the first ... Read more...

23-07-2013
Spanish tuna vessel settles IUU case with Mozambique

The Spanish fishing firm Inpesca has settled the case surrounding its tuna purse seiner Txori Argi, which was charged by Mozambique with fishing illegally in 2012. It is understood the settlement cost Inpesca $700,000 and results ... Read more...

23-07-2013
New labelling guidelines

MARIA Damanaki has today signed a 4-year Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the Moroccan Minister for Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch.According to the Commissioner, the protocol is consistent with the reform ... Read more...

20-07-2013
Cartels of traders, fisheries and police behind illegal fishing on L. Victoria

On the wee hours of last Friday, a team of fisheries and police officers accompanied by journalists and conservationists from Mauritius based SmartFish programme set up a road block at Busia, Kisumu to Kampala roads junction. It was a ... Read more...

19-07-2013
Illegal fishing on high seas leaves poor countries floundering

Sub-Saharan Africa loses about USD 1.5 billion a year to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the high seas.If you defined the ocean's balance sheet in financial terms, you'd have to say it is slipping ... Read more...

19-07-2013
Two abalone busts in Southern Cape

CAPE TOWN - Southern Cape police have made two massive abalone busts in the space of just a few days. In the first incident, two men were arrested after officials found more than 50 bags filled ... Read more...

18-07-2013
EU blacklists various boats

THE European Commission has this week adopted an updated list of vessels that cannot land or sell their fish in the EU as they have been identified as taking part in illegal, unreported and unregulated ... Read more...

17-07-2013
Sierra Leone signs fisheries deal with Russia

A long anticipated deal to help Sierra Leone exploit its marine resources has been struck with Russia. The last fisheries agreement between the two countries was struck in 1976. The new one, signed in the Russian ... Read more...

16-07-2013
Whistleblowers will be protected

WALVIS BAY - The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, says whistleblowers exposingillicit fishing activities should not be intimated, fired or suspended by rogue fishing companies when they provide crucial evidence to the ... Read more...

15-07-2013
Tanzania - Bukoba Launches Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

Bukoba - KAGERA Authorities destroy illegal fishing gear worth 454.7m/- Government authorities in Kagera Region have destroyed illegal fishing gear worth 454.7m/- during an operation against illegal fishing gear tocurb trade in immature fish and ... Read more...

15-07-2013
Nautic Africa shipshape with contracts worth R600m in West Africa

SHIPBUILDING and maritime solutions company Nautic Africa, based in Cape Town, has been awarded contracts worth more than R600m to build seven "multi-role" patrol vessels for West African clients. The 35m "fast vessels" will be the ... Read more...

13-07-2013
Experts warn on Nile Perch Extinction

Kisumu - NILE Perch and Tilapia may be extinct from Lake Victoria in the next three to five years if urgent measures to control illegal fishing are not taken by relevant authorities. Experts from Mauritius based ... Read more...

12-07-2013
Chinese vessel fined N$1 million for dumping fish

WALVIS BAY - The Chinese vessel MFV Leader L-1330 has been slapped with a N$1 million fine for dumping fish in Namibian waters. The vessel was initially fined N$1 500. The Ministry of Fisheries and ... Read more...

12-07-2013
Call for Strengthening Fight against Illegal Fishing in the EU

EU - Three and a half years since the EU IUU Regulation to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing came into force, the Environmental Justice Foundation is calling for the deficiencies in ... Read more...

12-07-2013
South Africa to promote fisheries growth

South Africa is preparing to adopt a new fisheries policy aimed at supporting development of small scale community-based fisheries activities to create employment and raise family incomes in the country's lower income coastal regions, reports ... Read more...

11-07-2013
Responding to fisheries crime in Southern and Eastern Africa focus of INTERPOL meeting

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - The strategic use of INTERPOL's global tools and services was the focus of the 2nd Regional Consultation on Fisheries Crime, targeting Southern and Eastern Africa. Organized under the auspices of INTERPOL's ... Read more...

11-07-2013
New EU-Comoros agreement

THE EU and the Union of the Comoros initialled a new 3-year Protocol to the EU-Comoros Fisheries Partnership Agreement, which will be activated from 1 January 2014, when the current protocol expires. The agreement will ... Read more...

10-07-2013
2nd Fisheries Crime Working Group meeting : INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Events

The INTERPOL General Secretariat, through the Environmental Crime Programme, is organizing the 2nd Fisheries Crime Working Group meeting at the United Nations Environment Programme's premises in Nairobi Kenya from 4 to 7 November 2013. During this upcoming event, the Programme ... Read more...

10-07-2013
Illegal fish still a problem for Europe

A new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has found that despite the EU IUU Regulation being in place for three and a half years, illegally caught fish is still entering the EU.When the ... Read more...

09-07-2013
Sierra Leone formally thanks island for patrol boat

A representative from Sierra Leone has visited the Isle of Man to thank Manx residents after the donation of a fishing patrol vehicle.Ibrahim Pat-Sowe said the vessel is helping to address illegal fishing in the ... Read more...

04-07-2013
Seychelles in Talks to Develop Somalia's Blue Economy

The aim of Seychelles' involvement is to help rebuild the war-torn state's economy and help address the root cause of piracy in the region.Mr Morgan made the remarks while speaking to the media recently when ... Read more...

03-07-2013
Seychelles in the lead against illegal fishing

Seychelles is the first African country to formally hand its document of accession to an international accord aimed at combating illegal fishing and has urged other coastal states to follow suit.Seychelles deposited its instrument of ... Read more...

02-07-2013
New South Korean fisheries law a good first step to curb illegal fishing

Seoul, July 2, 2013 - In response to news that the Korean National Assembly has amended its fisheries law to help curb illegal fishing (1), Greenpeace East Asia oceans campaigner Jiehyun Park made the following ... Read more...

01-07-2013
Senegal - New Government Tries to Combat Overfishing

Large foreign trawlers are sweeping West Africa's seabed, undermining the environment, reducing fish stock and destroying the livelihoods of artisanal fishermen.Issa Diene, 39, is one of thousands of Senegalese fishermen who face tough times in ... Read more...

28-06-2013
Use of dynamites destroying our livelihoods - Ningo Fishermen

Nene Nartey Adiman V, Chief Fisherman of Old Ningo, has called on the Navy to arrest unprincipled fishermen who uses dynamite and light-fishing along the coast of Ningo.He said the practice was affecting their fishing ... Read more...

28-06-2013
Tanzania - Bad Fishermen Deplete Lake Rukwa

Dodoma - THE National Assembly was told here that Lake Rukwa was on the verge of death. The government was asked to act swiftly to reverse the situation. Answering Mr Ignas Malocha (Kwela-CCM), the Deputy Minister for Livestock Development, ... Read more...

26-06-2013
In Sierra Leone, 'Isle of Man' Makes Additional Donation to Government

A team from the 'Isle of Man' in the United Kingdom, through its Ministry of Environment, Food and Agriculture has on Tuesday 25th June 2013 made a fresh donation to the Government of Sierra Leone, as an addition ... Read more...

25-06-2013
Africa loses $300b to oil, theft, illegal fishing

African countries have lost about $300billion to oil theft and illegal fishing in the continent, the Chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said.She spoke yesterday at the opening ceremony of the first summit ... Read more...

25-06-2013
Namibia: Fishing Vessel Recalled

THE Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has recalled from sea a vessel co-owned by a joint venture of two Namibian companies and a Hong Kong counterpart, a few weeks after it allegedly dumped fish in the ocean. Owners ... Read more...

23-06-2013
Somalia: Government Slaps Heavy Charges on Illegal Fishing companies

The federal government of Somalia has decided to charge heavy amounts on any illegal ships that are found at the countries coastline. This follows as international fishing companies illegally fish at the countries long coastline exploiting resources without seeking permission ... Read more...

18-06-2013
Africa: Human Cost of Piracy Report 2013 Published

A report highlighting latest details of the human cost of maritime piracy will be released in London on Tuesday morning 18th June. This updated report studies not only the human cost of Somali Piracy, but also, for the ... Read more...

14-06-2013
Seafood Smugglers to Pay $22.5 Million

Three men convicted in 2004 of smuggling sea bass and rock lobster from South Africa were ordered on Friday by a federal court to pay that nation $22.5 million in restitution, the largest amount ever awarded for such ... Read more...

12-06-2013
Sanctions threatened for failure to stop illegal fishing

IN a speech delivered to the European Parliament last night, the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, announced the follow-up to the Commission's 'yellow card' letters of November 2012 to 8 third countries for non-cooperation in ... Read more...

11-06-2013
Koreans demand sustainable tuna too

On Monday morning in Seoul, Greenpeace Korea held the 'Worst Tuna Brand Awards' to highlight the wasteful and destructive fishing methods used to fill the cans of tuna lining Korea's supermarket shelves. This year's winner, making them the ... Read more...

07-06-2013
Namibia: Esau Condemns Dumping of Fish

The days when fishing companies could dump unwanted catches at sea with impunity could become a thing of the past. On Wednesday the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, warned fishing companies that dumping fish is an illegal ... Read more...

06-06-2013
Tuna groups could ink private deal with Liberia

Having settled over last year's case of forged licenses, some European tuna fleets are in talks with Liberia's government to negotiate new tuna licenses, said industry sources. Ramon Garcia Gallardo, lawyer at SJ Berwin, specialized in fisheries, regulatory and ... Read more...

06-06-2013
Namibia: Fisheries Minister Talks Tough

Walvis Bay - The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, says he will not hesitate to cancel the fishing rights of joint venture companies (JVCs) if the infighting among them does not come to an end. Each ... Read more...

04-06-2013
S. Korean gov`t moves to strengthen penalties for illegal deep-sea fishing

Seoul (ANTARA News/Yonhap) - South Korea is seeking to significantly strengthen penalties for illegal deep-sea fishing by its vessels, increasing maximum fines by at least seven-fold, the government said Tuesday. The move comes amid growing international criticism for illegal, unreported ... Read more...

02-06-2013
Illegal Red Sea fishing on the rise

Illegal fishing in the Red Sea is on the rise according to a local environmental NGO. A recent video published online shows more than 20 fishing boats operating in the protected area of Ras Mohamed. Daily News Egypt spoke ... Read more...

01-06-2013
Ten deep sea fishing ships under scrutiny

The Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries is currently investigating illegal deep sea fishing allegations involving ten foreign ships, the minister, David Mathayo David, has said. Tabling the 2013/14 budget estimates, the minister told the National Assembly: "We ... Read more...

31-05-2013
Tunisia: Promoting Fishing Techniques Respecting Environment

Deepening reflection on the techniques of fish farming respecting sea environment and efficient on the economic and social levels is the key objective of the Arab conference held, on Wednesday in Hammamet, under the theme ... Read more...

31-05-2013
Namibia: Debate Over Fisheries Observer Fees Continues

The Fisheries Observer Agency (FOA) came under heavy criticism from the fishing industry over its levies. During a consultation meeting at the coast last week, representatives of the fishing industry asked the FOA to base its ... Read more...

31-05-2013
Namibia: Chinese vessel fined for dumping fish in the sea

A Chinese-owned vessel, which is in partnership with a conglomerate of local quota holders, was this month fined for dumping fish in the sea. The vessel called MV Leader which belongs to Chinese-owned Pacific Andes Group ... Read more...

30-05-2013
Kenya: State Upgrades Fish Farming

The government has spent Sh5.6 billion in the last four years to implement fish farming and economic stimulus programme, the PS in the Fisheries ministry Prof Micheni Ntiba has said. He said the programme has developed ... Read more...

28-05-2013
Bluefin tuna season has begun

The main one-month fishing season of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic has just started. The European Commission has reaffirmed its commitment to the sustainable management of bluefin tuna during the 2013 main fishing ... Read more...

27-05-2013
South Africa: Perlemoen poaching hits 283 tons

At least 283 tons of perlemoen (abalone) have been poached off South Africa's shores in the past few years, the Cape Times reported on Monday. Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson reportedly said 58 tons were confiscated in ... Read more...

24-05-2013
Gabon, EU sign F CFA93b fisheries deal

Gabon and the European Union (EU) have signed a F FCFA 93 billion fisheries agreement under which seven tuna boats and eight rod-using vessels are allowed to operate in the Gabonese territorial waters with a ... Read more...

24-05-2013
Namibia: DRC Wants Nam Fishing Quotas

THE Government has turned down a request by the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold fishing quotas in Namibia. The Namibian understands that the horse mackerel is popular in the DRC and Namibian fishing companies export ... Read more...

23-05-2013
DRC Sets Free 8 Zambian Fishermen

EIGHT fishermen that were among the 17 arrested on Lake Tanganyika on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side have been released. Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba confirmed the release of the fishermen who were captured two weeks ago. Other fishermen ... Read more...

20-05-2013
Somalia: Iranians convicted of illegal fishing in Puntland state waters

A Bossaso court convicted on Sunday, 78 Iranians who were caught in April illegally fishing in Puntland state waters. On Sunday, Judge Sheikh Adan Ahmed handed out fines of 100,000 US dollars to the owners of ... Read more...

20-05-2013
Malawi: How to Save a Fish ... a Lake and a People

Lloyd Phiri, a fisherman from Senga Bay on Lake Malawi's shores in Malawi's central region, knows that the lake's water levels are dropping. He can see it in his catch, which has shrunk by more ... Read more...

15-05-2013
Togo, Senegal and Libya order French patrol boats

The navies of Togo, Senegal and Libya have ordered patrol boats from Raidco Marine and will take delivery in the coming months. Senegal's 33 metre long RPB 33 offshore patrol vessel will be launched on ... Read more...

15-05-2013
Fresh deal struck for Seychelles and EU

The European Union and the Republic of the Seychelles have signed a new Protocol to the EU-Seychelles Fisheries Partnership Agreement. The duration of the Protocol will be 6 years and will allow the European fleet to ... Read more...

15-05-2013
EU gives trade deal ultimatum to seven African countries

The European Union (EU) has given seven African countries an ultimatum to sign controversial Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) by October 2014 or risk losing their privileged trade status tariffs. Botswana, Namibia, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya ... Read more...

14-05-2013
Somali local fishermen cry foul over foreign vessels

Local fishermen from Mudhug region have expressed their anger towards oppression from foreign ships at the region's coastline. Nur Mohamed Siyad, a local fisherman who contacted a Somali media outlet in Mogadishu said that foreign vessels ... Read more...

14-05-2013
Cameroon: FCFA 530 Million For Bankim Fishermen

The area's agropole programme was launched on Saturday May 11 with a yearly target of 1,814 metric tones. Government and a confederation of fish farmers in Bankim, Mayo Banyo Division of the Adamawa Region, SOCOPAM, have ... Read more...

14-05-2013
Greenpeace Criticises lack of IOTC protection for Albacore Tuna

Greenpeace International has condemned the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) members' lack of attempt to try to stop the decline of vulnerable regional tuna species and adoption of insufficient measures to protect sharks. What IOTC members ... Read more...

13-05-2013
Fish piracy costs $10 billion to $23 billion a year

Fish piracy - seafood caught illegally, not reported to authorities or outside environmental and catch regulations - represents as much as $10 billion to $23 billion in global losses each year, a non-profit conservation group ... Read more...

13-05-2013
World Ocean Radio - Fisheries Crime

Fisheries crime is on the rise and the consequences are dire. In most instances of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), enforcement is a major issue: lack of personnel, commitment to prosecution, and the capacity ... Read more...

08-05-2013
Kenya: Fishermen Question Suspicious Vessels

Fishermen in Kilifi have raised alarm over the presence of unregistered foreign vessels. The vessels are said to dock in landing sites at night to offload products from unknown areas. According to Kassim Shali, a fisherman ... Read more...

07-05-2013
Namibia: Fishing Sector Should Respect Marine Act

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, reiterated the government's position that it has no problem with trawlers catching fish off the coast as long as they are licensed and comply and operate ... Read more...

06-05-2013
Tanzania: L. Victoria Water Level Inches Up

The Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme Phase Two (LVEMP 2) has positively increased the Lake Victoria water level from 1,139.98 metres during 2012 to 1,333.60 metres this year, it has been disclosed. A Senior Water Officer ... Read more...

06-05-2013
Ghanaian Local Fishermen reprimanded for resorting to illegal methods of fishing

Mr Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries and Aqua-Culture Development has reprimanded local fishermen for using dynamite, poison, mono-filament net and light in fishing. He also accused foreign vessels of resorting to pair trawling and light to ... Read more...

06-05-2013
EU fishery protocols: Morocco and Mauritania

Progress in the negotiations for a new protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Morocco is slow, being stranded especially on issue of the financial counterpart from the EU and the issue ... Read more...

06-05-2013
Greenpeace exposes need for greater control of Indian Ocean fishing fleets

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) members are failing to control fishing fleets and prevent illegal fishing and need to impose stricter controls to protect tuna stocks, Greenpeace International said on Friday. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza ... Read more...

03-05-2013
Somalia: President Hassan Sheikh - Those Who Poison Our Coastline Shall Face International Law

The president of the federal republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who addressed the media said that those who contaminated the coastline of Somalia will face international law. He said foreigners were the ones responsible ... Read more...

02-05-2013
Mozambique Supports Development of Small Scale Fishing

Mozambique is committed to the development of small scale fishing and aquaculture because it considers this to be a strategic vector for developing food security and contributing to improving the balance of payments. According to the ... Read more...

02-05-2013
Somalia: President Hassan Sheikh - Illegal Fishing Will Not Happen Along the Somali Coastline

Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the president of the federal republic of Somalia who today visited the factory of the Somali National fishing company stated that illegal fishing will not be allowed in the Somali coastlines. ... Read more...

02-05-2013
Somali President "puts the world on notice" over illegal fishing and illegal waste dumping.

The President of the Federal Government of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made a visit to a fish factory in Mogadishu, to highlight the need for Somalia to exploit its own natural resources and encourage ... Read more...

29-04-2013
Uganda: Fisheries Authorities Burn Down Illegal Fishing Gear in Bugiri

Fisheries authorities in Bugiri have burnt down illegal fishing gear worth shillings 12.8 million. The illegal fishing gear was burnt down during a brief ceremony witnessed by district officials at Bugiri central police station April 22, ... Read more...

29-04-2013
Govt promises Canary islands support for bluefin tuna fishery

The head of the Secretariat General of Fisheries expressed the government's commitment to take the necessary legislative changes for the Canarian fishery to be a fishery targeting bluefin tuna, within the corresponding quotas, to the ... Read more...

26-04-2013
Gabon and the EU agree on new fisheries protocol

A negotiating team of the European Commission (EC), with the support of representatives of the Fisheries General Secretariat of Spain, reached a new fisheries agreement with Gabon. This agreement will be immediately implemented, as soon as ... Read more...

25-04-2013
Fishing vessel universal record supported

In order to combat and stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) of Spain supports the creation of a Universal Record of Fishing Vessels, encouraged by the ... Read more...

25-04-2013
Ghana: Fishing constraints in Asuogyaman

A research outfit, Authors Survey (AS,) has outlined numerous constraints in the fishing industry in the Asuogyaman district of the Eastern Region [Ghana] which needs to be addressed. According to AS, indiscriminate use of illegal and ... Read more...

25-04-2013
Illegal fishing causes damage for EUR 17,600 million, according to Interpol

The police organization Interpol warned that the global economic damage caused by illegal fishing -- related to money laundering, fraud and even human and drug trafficking -- exceeds USD 20,000 million (EUR 15,300 million). According to ... Read more...

25-04-2013
Puntland marine police seize 78 Iranian illegal fishermen, 5 vessels

A local coastal police force in northeastern Somalia of Puntland have seized 78 illegal fishermen from Iran on Tuesday during a hunt operation near Boosaasso town, the region's main seaport, RBC Radio reports. Puntland Marine Police ... Read more...

25-04-2013
Liberians and French Conduct Joint Anti-Piracy Training

Liberian Coast Guard (LCG) Guard Seamen Joseph Tumbay and Prince Sackie prepare to commandeer the bridge during a simulated vessel takedown aboard the French Navy frigate Latouche-Treville as part of joint anti-piracy training in Monrovia ... Read more...

25-04-2013
Liberia's Sea Coast Declared Safe for Sailors

A French navy vessel on tour of the Gulf of Guinea has declared Liberia's Sea Coast safe for sailors. Latourche Trivelle is a F70 anti-submarine destruction vessel owned by the French Government. It is also ... Read more...

25-04-2013
EFJ calls for EU to take lead in implementing Global Record of vessels

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released a briefing document and film calling for the European Union (EU) to head the implementation of a Global Record of fishing vessels to improve management and enforcement. The ... Read more...

24-04-2013
Illegal Fisheries: EU blacklist gets go-ahead from MEPs; Greens call for Commission to update

The European Parliament's fisheries committee today approved a new rapid procedure for listing countries not cooperating in the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU). This clears the way for the Commission to add ... Read more...

23-04-2013
Illegal fishing suspects to appear in court in South Africa

Three suspects are expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court today in connection with illegal abalone fishing activities, said the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). The three were arrested following a collaborative ... Read more...

23-04-2013
Spain asks about fisheries agreement delay with Morocco and Mauritania

Starting on Monday, European Union (EU) Ministers of Fisheries and Agriculture will examine in Luxembourg the state of negotiations with the European Parliament to reform the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and start the implementation process ... Read more...

23-04-2013
Second round of fisheries talks held with the Seychelles

The European Union (EU) and the Seychelles met in Brussels on 15-17 April, for the second round of negotiations to agree on a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement, which expires in January 2014. The ... Read more...

23-04-2013
Lake Victoria's perch to vanish in two years

There won't be Nile Perch left in Lake in the next two years if serious measures aren't taken to address illegal fishing, overfishing and pollution in the world's second largest fresh water lake, Controller and ... Read more...

23-04-2013
Somali Leader says Tackling of Piracy and Illegal Fishing should be an African problem

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who addressed the African summit in Ethiopia said tackling of piracy and illegal fishing should be an African problem but not seen as a ... Read more...

22-04-2013
Mozambique and Namibia open talks on fisheries co-operation

The governments of Mozambique and Namibia started talks on Monday to discuss ways of expanding their cooperation in the fisheries sector. The two-day discussions are led by Victor Borges, the Mozambican minister of fisheries, and ... Read more...

22-04-2013
Tuna imports held at UK ports following warnings of 'illegal fishing'

UK authorities have seized shipments of tuna at UK ports as fears mount that illegally caught fish may be entering the supply chain.The governmental Marine Management Organisation said it had identified potential problems with consignments ... Read more...

19-04-2013
Djiboutian Navy takes delivery of speedboats

The US Department of State has provided the Djiboutian navy with two high-speed aluminium coastal security boats to strengthen Djibouti's maritime security capabilities in order to protect its borders and combat piracy, smuggling and terrorist ... Read more...

19-04-2013
IOC Grants 1 Million Euros For The Fisheries Surveillance In The Indian Ocean And Lake Victoria

A sum of 1.063.700 million Euro's was granted by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) through the Smartfish Programme to reinforce the existing efforts in joint fisheries surveillance in the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria in ... Read more...

19-04-2013
Overfishing, Pollution Killing Lake Victoria's Nile Perch

More fish factories in Uganda will soon close, turning fishermen into economic refugees. Out of the over 20 fish factories in Uganda, only 15 are still operational. In Jinja, two of the four factories have ... Read more...

18-04-2013
Control of SA's fisheries 'in wrong hands'

Fisheries management is clearly "in the wrong hands", MPs have been told in a frank assessment of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's guardianship of South Africa's R5bn fishing industry. The paper, drawn up by ... Read more...

17-04-2013
Senegal's Leader Urged to Save Sardinella

Hours after President Macky Sall of Senegal met in Washington with President Barack Obama late last month, he stepped into a brightly lit hotel meeting room to accept the Peter Benchley Award for National Stewardship ... Read more...

17-04-2013
South Africa: Minister Meets WWF to Discuss West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, together with scientists from the department, met representatives of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cape Town today. The aim of the meeting was ... Read more...

17-04-2013
Draft Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries

Below is a link to the Draft International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines): ftp://ftp.fao.org/FI/DOCUMENT/ssf/SSF_guidelines/TC/2013/2e.pdf The Technical Consultation to negotiate the final text of the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) shall be presented for ... Read more...

17-04-2013
Angola: Rehabilitating Angola's Protected Coastal Areas

In an important move to promote sustainable development across its national territory, the Government of Angola will step up its efforts to protect a vast natural area along the Atlantic coast. Under a new agreement, the ... Read more...

16-04-2013
Gabon talks bear fruit for the EU

The third round of negotiations between the European Union and the Republic of Gabon, concerning the renewal of the Protocol and the Annex to their Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA), took place between April 10 and ... Read more...

15-04-2013
Forged License, Illegal Transporting, Waste Dumping: The Deep-sea Fishery Nation Korea Disgraced

On April 10, The Kyunghyang Shinmun obtained a report on the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing status of South Korean deep-sea fishing vessels drawn up by the Korean branch of the international environmental organization ... Read more...

15-04-2013
Ghana Fisheries Ministry looks for alternative livelihood for fishermen

Mr Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, has given the assurance that the Ministry is looking for alternative means of livelihood for those in the fishing sector. He said the Ministry was aware that ... Read more...

12-04-2013
Ghana Policy Dialogue On Oil Impact On Fisheries Opens

Mr Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MFAD) said yesterday that, the country needs a legislative instrument to operationalise the Fisheries Act to avoid non-compliance of the regulations in the sector. "My attention has ... Read more...

11-04-2013
Ghana government says concerned over dwindling fish stock

Ghana government said here Tuesday it would work with its social partners to find solutions to the dwindling fish stock in its territorial waters in the face of an infant oil and gas economy. It has ... Read more...

10-04-2013
South Africa: Prince Edward Islands Declared a Marine Protected Area

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Mrs BEE Molewa, MP, has declared the Prince Edward Islands, a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The new Prince Edward Islands MPA, the first South African offshore MPA, will serve ... Read more...

09-04-2013
Somalia: Puntland President Meets With South Africa Delegation

The president of Somalia's Puntland government Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed Farole met with a delegation of South African officials on Saturday in the administrative capital of Puntland, Garowe Online reports. The South African delegation led by Edgar ... Read more...

09-04-2013
Isle of Man boat helps fight illegal fishing in Sierra Leone

A patrol vessel donated by the Isle of Man treasury has helped bring an end to illegal fishing in one of the world's poorest countries. Sierra Leone faced a huge problem with unauthorised trawlers catching fish. The ... Read more...

09-04-2013
Perlemoen accused skips bail - in China

A second accused in a major perlemoen [abalone] case is wanted by Interpol after he was allowed to travel to China and did not return, it was reported on Tuesday. The Cape Times reported that Yu-Chen ... Read more...

05-04-2013
Chinese fishing fleet in African waters reports 9% of catch to UN

Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate ... Read more...

04-04-2013
Mozambique government to tackle illegal fishing

According to a report in the daily newspaper "Noticias", illegal fishing is mainly carried out by foreign boats entering the bays of Maputo and Sofala. This year the Mozambican government has made the control of illegal ... Read more...

02-04-2013
Nigeria loses $30m worth of fish annualy

A fisheries expert has called for the establishment of a National Fish Feed Development Centre to safeguard the nation's fishstock and further boost production in Nigeria. Delivering the third inaugural lecture from the Department of Wildlife ... Read more...

02-04-2013
Somaliland: Geeljire Demands Court Action for Yemeni illegal fishermen

The over forty illegal fishermen from Yemen are yet to be sentenced 11 days after their arrest. The Yemenis who were arrested and their fishing trawler by the coast guard based at the eastern port of ... Read more...

02-04-2013
Sierra Leone NRA to Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

National Revenue Authority (NRA) Commissioner, Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, has registered the Authority's determination to fight illegal fishing in the country. Making the disclosure to Sierra Express Media during an exclusive interview in his Glarick House office ... Read more...

28-03-2013
New briefing details evidence of illegal fish transshipment at sea

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released a briefing that details documented evidence of vessels illegally transhipping fish at sea, the connection between the transfer of fish and illegal "pirate" fishing and that exposes traceability ... Read more...

26-03-2013
Indian Ocean Commission now management body

The western Indian Ocean States' efforts to improve marine fishery reforms and governance in the region are beginning to bear fruit following a recent decision to reform the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) ... Read more...

22-03-2013
West Africa: At UN-Backed Meeting, African States Seek to Combat Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Representatives from three African sub-regional organizations focused on ways to cooperate to eliminate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea during a United Nations-backed meeting held this week in Cotonou, Benin. During the Ministerial Conference on Maritime ... Read more...

22-03-2013
Mauritian Fisheries dept seize over 1 km of net

The Ministry of Fisheries has conducted six crackdown operations since the beginning of the year, and, according to the minister of Fisheries Nicolas Von Mally, about 1,227 metres of illegal net were seized. "These operations ... Read more...

22-03-2013
Kenya adopts new tracking system to fight illegal fishing

Kenya is set to acquire a new tracking technology to boost policing of its exclusive economic zone against illegal fishing. The technology involves using on-board vessels monitoring system (VMS) installed with global positioning system (GPS) to ... Read more...

21-03-2013
6 held for perlemoen, lobsters in W Cape

Six people found in possession of perlemoen (abalone) and undersized rock lobsters have been arrested in Westridge, Western Cape, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said on Wednesday. Spokesperson Carol Moses said four people were ... Read more...

19-03-2013
Smuggling and Illegal Fishing - Sierra Leone Navy Captures Three Boats

The Sierra Leone Armed Forces Naval wing on the 7th and 12th March respectively arrested three boats for offenses relating to smuggling and illegal fishing exercise. Talking to a cross section of journalists; Lieutenant Commander Grade ... Read more...

15-03-2013
Starkist parent Dongwon accused of IUU fishing, fraud

Dongwon Industries has been accused of not only allowing one of its tuna purse seiners to fish illegally in Liberian waters, but then of sending fake letters to African governments stating it was legally licensed. In ... Read more...

13-03-2013
Gambia: New Commission Set Up to Ensure Responsible Fishing

A new monitoring and management commission was on Friday inaugurated at the Tanji Fishing Centre in Kombo South, West Coast Region, tasked with the responsibility of ensuring responsible fishing along the coastline. The initiative is part ... Read more...

12-03-2013
Illegal logs from Liberia found in French port as sweeping criminal sanctions kick in across EU

Illegal Liberian timber worth thousands of Euros was sitting in a French port less than 3 weeks before a new EU law prohibiting the import of illegal timber came into force, Global Witness revealed today. ... Read more...

11-03-2013
FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance Adopted

28 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that countries have adopted the Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance, thereby contributing to efforts to address illegal, unreported and unregulated ... Read more...

11-03-2013
West Africa Aims to Stop Illegal Fishing

U.S. and European navies are teaming up with their counterparts from eight West African countries to conduct joint training operations off the coast of Senegal from now through March 14. The majority of the exercises ... Read more...

06-03-2013
In West Africa, Fishermen get Political

West African waters are rich in marine resources. The local population has historically depended heavily on these resources for jobs and food security. Fish is the most important source of protein in Senegal, where annual ... Read more...

01-03-2013
Illegal fishing convoy reaches Mauritius

The two Sri Lankan fishing vessels intercepted for illegal fishing in Mauritian waters (in the Nazareth fishing bank) reached Mauritius on Thursday morning under surveillance by the Malagasy patroller Atsantsa, which operates under the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) ... Read more...

28-02-2013
Africa: International Guidelines Take Aim At Illegal Fishing

Rome - After several years of negotiations, countries have taken a major step against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), one of the greatest threats to sustainable fisheries and related livelihoods. International guidelines developed through an FAO-led consultative process ... Read more...

28-02-2013
Morocco: The EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement

POLISARIO brings an action against EU's plunder before the European Court of Justice Morocco is working in cahoots with the European Union to pillage Western Sahara's fish despite opposition from the European people. The plunder is ... Read more...

28-02-2013
UK warns industry over West African tuna supplies

The UK department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) has issued a letter to the industry informing warning of serious concerns over illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fish entering the EU supply chain. In the letter, Defra said ... Read more...

27-02-2013
Major global effort launched to eliminate IUU fishing

INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Programme, with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, this week announced the beginning of a massive global movement -- Project SCALE -- ... Read more...

27-02-2013
Greenpeace steps up its anti-IUU campaign

AS Interpol was convening its first meeting to address the illegal fishing crisis in Lyons yesterday, Greenpeace renewed its demand to end illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, calling for stricter enforcement and the elimination of loopholes in ... Read more...

27-02-2013
Sri Lankan illegal fishing vessels to arrive Thursday

The fight against illegal invasion of Mauritian waters was stepped up after two Sri Lankan vessels were found illegally fishing in the Nazareth fishing bank on Saturday. They were stopped and inspected by Madagascan vessel Atsantsa working on ... Read more...

26-02-2013
East Africa: Tanzania, Kenya in Joint Effort to Manage Ecosystem

Arusha - The communities depending on the ecosystem comprised of Lakes Chala, Jipe and Umba are set to benefit from a joint management programme that has been agreed upon by both the government's of Kenya and Tanzania. This follows ... Read more...

26-02-2013
INTERPOL launches Project Scale to combat fisheries crime

LYON, France - INTERPOL has launched Project Scale, a global initiative to detect, suppress and combat fisheries crime which is estimated to cost the global economy up to USD 23 billion each year and is linked to ... Read more...

25-02-2013
Fisheries Council prepares to meet this week

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting of February will take place in Brussels on 25 and 26 February 2013, under the presidency of Simon Coveney, Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Commission will be represented ... Read more...

25-02-2013
EU strikes Mauritania deal

THE EU-Mauritania Joint Committee, under the current EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Protocol, took place on 19-20 February in Paris. Both parties agreed to convene rapidly a Joint Scientific Committee with the aim of updating the status of all fish stocks, ... Read more...

25-02-2013
Nigerian Navy, others to tackle piracy, oil theft

NAVIES worldwide at the weekend resolved to tackle piracy and other illegal activities on the sea, especially in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea. About 15 countries' navies, including Nigeria, took the decision Monday at the opening of World Naval ... Read more...

22-02-2013
Interpol joins the war on IUU

22 February, 2013 - With a value that's estimated somewhere between USD 10 billion (EUR 7.6 billion) and USD 23 billion (EUR 17.4 billion) annually, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is surely the biggest global problem facing ... Read more...

22-02-2013
Spain seeks to accelerate fisheries pact between EU and Morocco

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, said that the central executive "continues fighting" to reach a fisheries agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco as soon as possible. Therefore, he anticipated that he would talk in person with the ... Read more...

21-02-2013
Spain pushes for the return of cephalopod fleet to Mauritania

While the authorities of the European Union (EU) and Mauritania are meeting in Paris, France, to discuss the bilateral fisheries agreement, the Spanish Government and the Xunta de Galicia hope the cephalopod fleet can resume its fishing activities ... Read more...

20-02-2013
South Africa: Concern About Marine Poaching

Members of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have noted that the country's coastal and marine resources are under considerable threat and fishing resources are vulnerable to illegal, unreported and unregulated exploitation. A departmental delegation led by ... Read more...

20-02-2013
Fisheries takes back its ships

Cape Town - The fisheries department has told the SA Navy that it is taking back control of all the ships in its research and protection fleet. It is asking the Treasury for emergency funding and is calling on ... Read more...

18-02-2013
EU, Morocco to resume fisheries negotiations shortly

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A new round of negotiations on fisheries between Morocco and the European Union (EU) will be held in Brussels, the Belgian capital, before the end of this month, according to an EU communique issued ... Read more...

15-02-2013
'No illegal fishing will go unpunished', Government says

The Secretary General of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Carlos Dominguez, said "we need to take action to allow no spaces for impunity in the pursuit of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing". Thus, the Spanish ... Read more...

15-02-2013
FAO reviews shark management plan

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has reviewed the implementation of the 'International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks', as shark populations decrease around the world. The FAO says that the ... Read more...

14-02-2013
Economic aspect hinders negotiation between the EU and Morocco

During the fifth round of negotiations, the European Union (EU) and Morocco failed to reach an agreement on financial compensation for the EU fishing vessels to resume the African fishery. Moroccan Government sources told EFE that after this ... Read more...

14-02-2013
Chinese appetite for shark fin soup devastating Mozambique coastline

Mantas and hammerheads to 'disappear' from divers' paradise if plunder is unchecked. Standing among coconut and mango trees near the coast of Mozambique, Fernando Nhamussua carefully prepares shark meat for a family meal - and contemplates a basket ... Read more...

13-02-2013
Can You Trust a 'Certified Sustainable' Seafood Label?

A critical report by NPR suggests that the Marine Stewardship Council's certification is less than perfect. When it comes to purchasing sustainable seafood, one of the world's most widely recognized labels belongs to the Marine Stewardship Council. The blue ... Read more...

07-02-2013
Spanish shipowners warn the PE is 'endangering' the fishing industry

The Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) argues that the report on the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform approved by the European Parliament (EP) plenary session introduced new amendments that detach fisheries management from reality, and sustainability is ... Read more...

07-02-2013
European Parliament approves reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

The European Parliament (EP) plenary session has adopted by 502 votes in favour, 137 against and 27 abstentions, the new reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which will take effect in 2014 and will replace the current ... Read more...

06-02-2013
EU parliament pushes fishing-policy reform

Drastic change seeks end to decades of overfishing that has vastly depleted the continent's fish stocks. The European Union parliament has pushed for a drastic reform of fishing policy in a landmark vote seeking to end decades of overfishing that ... Read more...

05-02-2013
Ghana Navy Ready For Pirates

Rear Admiral Quarshie, Chief of Naval Staff, has signalled Ghana Navy's readiness to effectively carry out patrol to secure the country's territorial waters against maritime security threat including hijacking of ships.According to him, the navy ... Read more...

02-02-2013
Zambia: 50 Zambian Fishermen Detained in DRC

MORE than 50 Zambians have been detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after they were caught fishing illegally on Lake Mweru. Nchelenge District Commissioner Joseph Chisakula, confirmed the development in Nchelenge yesterday. Mr Chisakula said the 55 men ... Read more...

31-01-2013
SmartFish Training Zambians To Stop IUU On Tuna

Zambian senior fisheries managers involved on the monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries issues Understanding the value of leadership for ensuring successful monitoring, control and surveillance on fisheries management is the subject of a national workshop which is being ... Read more...

31-01-2013
Liberia: Saturday is World Wetlands Day

 Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, February 2, 2013 as the World Wetlands Day to be celebrated throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday.A Foreign Ministry release says this year 2013 ... Read more...

31-01-2013
European Parliamentarians put fisheries reform to the vote

The European Parliament will vote on its version of a reformed Common Fisheries Policy when MEPs meet in Strasbourg next week (4-7 February). The vote comes amid a dispute with member states about the Parliament's powers to change ... Read more...

31-01-2013
Morocco: 'Signing of New EU Agreement Will BeFlagrant Violation of International Law' Says Khaddad

Copenhagen - Member of the National Secretariat of the POLISARIO Front and Coordinator of the (MINURSO), Mr. Mhamed Khaddad,said that "Signing a new EU- Morocco Fisheries agreement that includes occupied Western Sahara will be flagrant violation of international law" "Signing ... Read more...

30-01-2013
Tanzania: State Loses Billions in Illegal Fishing

Dodoma - Tanzania loses 220 million US dollars in revenue collection every year due to illegal fishing in deep seas, the National Assembly was told.Mr Mohammed Rashid (Wawi-CUF) told the house that illegal fishing in ... Read more...

30-01-2013
Govt patrol team to curb illegal deep sea fishing

The government is set to come up with a well-trained and equipped patrol team to curb illegal fishing in the country's deep sea. Deputy Minister of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Adam Malima revealed this in Dodoma yesterday when responding ... Read more...

30-01-2013
Kenya: 3 Illegal Fish Traders Held

Fisheries officers in Naivasha have arrested suspects found ferrying one tonne of undersize fish from Lake Naivasha. The three were nabbed in a matatu headed to Nairobi. According to Naivasha district fisheries officer Mathew Ngila, the trade had been ... Read more...

29-01-2013
Spain sees good prospects in the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement

Spain's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Miguel Arias Canete, says negotiations on the new fisheries agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco "have advanced well in the definitions of technical conditions, and may be closed this ... Read more...

25-01-2013
WWF calls for global seafood traceability system

In a groundbreaking statement issued at this week's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, theWorl Wildlife Fund(WWF) has joined private and public sector leaders in calling for a new global seafood traceability system to ... Read more...

24-01-2013
An "Interpol" Needed to Stop IUU Tuna Fishing?

The southern Pacific is home to some of the last health tuna populations, but they're coming under intense pressure from international fishing fleets. Shannon Service reports from Palau on the tiny country’s efforts to protect ... Read more...

23-01-2013
Ghana, Others To Stem Illegal Fishing

The United States is set to collaborate with officials in Ghana and nine other countries to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. A report submitted to the US Congress January 11, 2013 by the US Commerce Department’s National ... Read more...

22-01-2013
The Need for a Sea Change in Africa's Coastal Laws

African Union plans to introduce cabotage laws restricting foreign vessels in African coastal waters could be a major step towards economic independence.The African Union (AU) is in the concludingstages of fashioning an African 'cabotage' regime ... Read more...

15-01-2013
EU Concludes Lucrative Fishing Deal With Ivory Coast

The European Union and Ivory Coast have a new tuna fishing agreement that allows the EU fleet – composed of Spanish and French vessel - to fish in the African country’s waters within the Atlantic ... Read more...

11-01-2013
NOAA to Work with 10 Nations to Address IUU Fishing and Stem the Bycatch of Protected Species

As part of its overall efforts to ensure that the U.S. fishing industry isn't undermined by unsustainable or illegal activities, today, NOAA submitted a Congressionally-mandated report identifying 10 nations whose fishing vessels engaged in illegal ... Read more...

11-01-2013
Expectations for fisheries agreement with Morocco

The president of the Andalusian Federation of Fisheries Associations (Faape), Pedro Maza, said the sector is confident in the European Union (EU) and Morocco entering into the fisheries agreement next week. Between 15 and 16 January the third contact round, ... Read more...

09-01-2013
Pacific bluefin tuna in dander of disappearing - warning

THREE days after a single Pacific bluefin tuna fetched $1.76 million at auction in Tokyo, scientists have revealed their population has dropped 96.4 per cent from unfished levels, due to decades of overfishing. "This new data show that the ... Read more...

08-01-2013
Bluefin tuna reaches new record price at Tsukiji

The price of premium "Oma" bluefin tunas has reached a new record: JPY 155.4 million (USD 1.78 million) in the first auction of 2013 at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, compared to JPY 56.49 million (USD 640,696) in the ... Read more...

07-01-2013
Tanzania - Illegal Fishing Must Be Brought to Halt

A RECENT survey has determined that 400 species of Lake Victoria fish have virtually vanished. One reason for this unfortunate scenario is the presence of the Nile perch which are voracious eaters of lesser fish. But the Nile ... Read more...

07-01-2013
Namibia: Fisheries Union Wary of Chinese Involvement

THE allocation of quotas to more fishing companies, especially Chinese companies, is a major concern because it is to the detriment of existing companies and the fishermen, says the president of the Namibia Fishing Industries and Fishermen Workers ... Read more...

06-01-2013
Lack of transparency in fisheries policies detrimental to coastal communities - Gueye

Gaoussou Gueye is the general secretary of the Senegal-based African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing (CAOPA).  Gueye, who has been at the forefront for the campaign against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) in the sub-region and Africa, evaluates the ... Read more...

02-01-2013
Unsustainable fishing threatens Africa's economy

"A more effective management of the world's fisheries could avert undernourishment for about 19 million people worldwide," say Dr. Rashid Sumaila and Mohammed Seisay. Dr. Rashid Sumaila of the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and Mohammed Seisay of ... Read more...

27-12-2012
Tanzania - State to Repatriate Illegal Fishermen

AUTHORITIES in Rukwa Region have opted to repatriate 28 illegal fishermen to Zambia instead of charging them in the country's courts. Rukwa Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Jacob Mwaruanda told this paper that all the 28 fishermen were caught ... Read more...

24-12-2012
Zambia: Extend Fish Ban, Luapula Chiefs Urge State

FOUR chiefs in Luapula Province have urged Government to extend the fish ban from three to four months to ensure that breeding of the fish is fully completed. The traditional leaders whose chiefdoms are along Lake Mweru are Kanyembo, ... Read more...

21-12-2012
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Calls On Public to Help Curb Poaching This Festive

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) calls on citizens and residents of and tourists to particularly coastal towns and cities to help in our continuous campaign to curb the illegal and irresponsible exploitation of our marine ... Read more...

19-12-2012
Tanzania: Police Nab 28 Illegal Fishermen in Rukwa

MARINE Police Unit has arrested 28 illegal fishermen from neighbouring Zambia for entering and fishing at Kasanga village along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kalambo District, Rukwa Region. The suspects were arrested on Sunday around 5:00 am at ... Read more...

14-12-2012
Somalia: Potential Goldmine for Fishermen As Piracy Declines

Berbera - Rusting hulks of capsized boats decorate the waters around Berbera, a port city in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Further down Somalia's coast, pirates raid freighters in the Gulf of Aden.Efforts are underway ... Read more...

14-12-2012
SOMALIA: Potential goldmine for fishermen as piracy declines

BERBERA, 14 December 2012 (IRIN) - Rusting hulks of capsized boats decorate the waters around Berbera, a port city in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Further down Somalia's coast, pirates raid freighters in the Gulf of Aden. Yet ... Read more...

12-12-2012
Liberia: Coast Guard Officer Graduates From U.S. Maritime Training

In keeping with the Liberian Government's efforts to modernize the country's security forces, an officer of the Liberia National Coast Guard has completed training at the prestigious International Maritime Officers School in Virginia, United States of America. Lieutenant Stephen ... Read more...

11-12-2012
SPC: Illegal Tuna Fishing Crackdown in Pacific Can Save $1 Billion

Brisbane, Australia - A new data-driven process to further crackdown on illegal tuna fishing in the Pacific will help reduce the loss of local fish industry earnings by up to $1billion. A recent two-week surveillance operation to detect illegal, unreported ... Read more...

09-12-2012
Illegal fishing hits fish stocks, livelihoods in Sierra Leone

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 ... Read more...

07-12-2012
EU hails tuna talks

DESPITE widespread dismay being expressed by environmental NGOs, the EU has cited the progress made at the recent Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) tuna talks. The meeting took place from 2 to 6 December in Manila and ... Read more...

06-12-2012
Greenpeace & Industrial and Artisanal Fishing Sectors Join Forces to Protect Local Marine Resources

Greenpeace and the industrial and artisanal fishing actors, members of the Senegalese Association of ship owners and industrial processors (GAIPES), the Platform of the Artisanal Fishing Actors of Senegal (PAPAS), the Employers' Union of fishing fleet operators and ... Read more...

05-12-2012
Tanzania: Policy to End Dynamite Fishing Necessary

DYNAMITE fishing is taking its toll on the eastern coastline of Tanga. Latest reports from the coast of the Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park, the Maziwe Island Marine Reserve and all along much of the 800 kilometres eastern coastline ... Read more...

05-12-2012
In Sierra Leone, Modern Fisheries Facilities for Lungi

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Dr. Soccoh Kabia has disclosed plans by Government to construct modern Fish Landing Site Cluster (Jetty) at Konakridee and Cold Storage Facility close to the Lungi International Airport in the Kafu ... Read more...

05-12-2012
Senegal: Sustainable Fishing Week Launched in Senegal

On Monday, Greenpeace Africa and several Senegalese fishermen's associations launched Sustainable Fishing week. This joint initiative will be taking place throughout the country, until the 8th of December, to raise awareness about the urgent need for a long-term ... Read more...

02-12-2012
Use of tuna fishing device concerns environment group

Manila, Philippines (4E) - A major international environmental group, Pew, on Sunday released its first ever estimate of the use of Fish Aggregating Device (FADs) and the use worries the group and the Pacific island nation because it ... Read more...

01-12-2012
Somalia - Puntland Government Bans Foreign Fishing Vessels in Puntland Waters

Garowe, Somalia - Puntland's Minister of Fisheries Mohamed Farah Adan stated that fishing vessels from neighbouring countries have been banned to fish in Puntland waters, Garowe Online reports. Minister Adan who spoke to Radio Garowe said that the Puntland ... Read more...

23-11-2012
Tanzania: Pollution Threatens Fish in Lake Victoria

JUST a few days ago, Tanzania prime Minister Mizengo Pinda told the Parliament in Dodoma that in 1999 Nile Perch species in Lake Victoria decreased by 60 per cent, while between 1999-2007 the same species decreased by 32 ... Read more...

22-11-2012
WWF hales EU fisheries reform success in paving the way for recovery of bluefin tuna

For the first time this year, one of the most threatened fish in the World, the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Bluefin tuna could be now on the right track of recovery, says WWF, thanks to ... Read more...

21-11-2012
DAFF Calls for Stronger Partnerships to Protect Marine Resources

With World Fisheries Day commemorations held annually on the 21st of November to draw attention to the state of the world's fisheries resources, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) commits itself to intensify ... Read more...

21-11-2012
EU Naval Force and Combined Task Force 151 Work Together to Ensure No Safe Haven for Pirates in IO

Earlier today, Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand, under command of the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) worked in close co-operation with Turkish warship TCG Gemlik of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) to apprehended nine suspected ... Read more...

20-11-2012
Small-scale fishers in South Africa protest to demand lobster catching permits

20 November 2012 at 12.30pm, hundreds of small-scale fishers of South Africa will stage a protest demonstration outside the offices of Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to demand community permits to enable them to ... Read more...

20-11-2012
Oceana questions ICCAT decision not to manage sharks

Oceana, an official observer at the International Commision for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) special meeting this week, has welcomed the steps taken for Eastern bluefin tuna management in 2013, but has grave concerns ... Read more...

19-11-2012
Fishing nations agree to maintain quotas to protect endangered Atlantic Bluefin tuna

 Fishing countries on Monday voted to keep up strict limits on catching Atlantic Bluefin tuna, overruling fierce opposition from critics who argue that the key sushi ingredient is on the rebound.Observers at a week-long meeting ... Read more...

19-11-2012
WWF urges external EU fleet reform

THIS week the European Parliament (EP) plenary will vote to ensure the same principles apply to all European fishing boats wherever they operate in the world.According to WWF, the impacts that the European fisheries fleet ... Read more...

19-11-2012
ICCAT makes tuna advances

FOLLOWING a week-long meeting in Agadir, 48 member governments of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) today adopted positive measures that will help conserve Atlantic bluefin tuna and advance shark protection.However, ... Read more...

19-11-2012
Mozambique: Huge Losses From Illegal Fishing

Maputo - 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, ... Read more...

16-11-2012
Pew applauds EU blacklist

The Pew Environment Group has commended the European Union for publishing, for the first time, a list of countries that are failing to sufficiently fight IUU fishing. The list comprises Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Vanuatu. Blacklisted ... Read more...

15-11-2012
EU warns 8 nations about illegal fishing

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union is warning eight nations from around the world to improve their fight against illegal fishing or risk sanctions.EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki said Thursday that naming Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, ... Read more...

12-11-2012
Rainbow warriors attempt to take on the pirates

GREENPEACE is arguing for increased monitoring of tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean and a ban for transfers of fish at sea, after its flagship found evidence of illegal fishing in the region.The Rainbow Warrior ... Read more...

08-11-2012
IUU Tuna Fishing In Tanzania Cut Down

The government through the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) has intensified security in Tanzanian waters to curb illegal fishing by foreigners and locals, the House heard. The Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Development, Mr. Benedict Ole ... Read more...

08-11-2012
Mozambique Creates Africa's Largest Coastal Marine Reserve

MOZAMBIQUE - The Primeiras and Segundas have been approved as a marine protected area in Mozambique making this diverse ten-island archipelago Africa’s largest coastal marine reserve.Comprising ten islands off the coast of northern Mozambique, and ... Read more...

08-11-2012
Eight Navies Complete East African Exercise Cutlass Express 2012

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (NNS) - Sailors and maritime professionals from eight nations wrapped up Exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 (CE12-2) after a week of multinational maritime events in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, Nov. 1-8. This year's exercise ... Read more...

07-11-2012
Mozambique creates Africa's largest coastal marine reserve

The Primeiras and Segundas have been approved as a marine protected area in Mozambique making this diverse ten-island archipelago Africa's largest coastal marine reserve. Comprising ten islands off the coast of northern Mozambique, and featuring abundant ... Read more...

07-11-2012
ISSF urges ICCAT to improve harvest control rules

Ahead of the 18th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is urging ICCAT to establish stock-specific targets and limit reference points and to specify the probability ... Read more...

07-11-2012
Saving our seas one fish at a time

Johannesburg - The guests wore collared shirts and blazers. Canapes and cocktails stood next to reports on water resources and carbon markets. Outside, Joburg was getting ready for another Phuza Thursday. We were a six-hour ... Read more...

06-11-2012
West African Coastal Nations Talk on Sustainable Tuna Policies

The Bureau of National Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture will, from October 30-31, 2012, host a meeting on Regional Collaboration for Monitoring, Control & Surveillance (MCS) of the fishery sector to foster a regional ... Read more...

06-11-2012
Mozambique: Maritime Identification System for Nation's Navy

Maputo- The United States government on Monday offered the Mozambican Defence Ministry a Maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS), making it possible to identify ships using the Mozambique Channel. The equipment can identify the characteristics of the ... Read more...

06-11-2012
South Africa: Depleted Abalone Stocks a Concern for SA

  Cape Town- South Africa's depleted abalone stocks will not recover unless illegal fishing is reduced dramatically. This grim warning was sounded in a report tabled today at a meeting of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry ... Read more...

05-11-2012
Uncle Sam declares war on IUU

THE US government has announced that combatting the global problem of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the NOAA's top priorities, as it deprives the planet's legal fishermen and coastal communities of ... Read more...

05-11-2012
Minister McClain Calls for Fishing Industry

The deputy minister for Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Charles McClain, has observed that there is a need to establish an industry to catch Tuna fish in Liberia. Speaking at the West African Coastal ... Read more...

05-11-2012
NEF: The Fight against Illegal Fishing in West Africa and the EU

Global losses due to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) or "pirate fishing" are estimated to be between US$10 billion and US$23.5 billion per year. West African waters are estimated to have the highest levels of ... Read more...

02-11-2012
Efforts Intensify Against Illegal Fishing, US$ 100M Annual Loss, Says MOA

WARF Regional and International Participants at Monrovia Two-day Confab on MCS. Deputy Agriculture Minister for Administration Dr. Charles Mclain has disclosed that the government, stakeholders and partners have intensified efforts to halt illegal fisheries in the ... Read more...

01-11-2012
Liberia: Nation's Fisheries Most 'Vulnerable to Collapse'

Jakarta- Indonesia and Liberia's coral reef fisheries are most vulnerable to collapse, says a study that has ranked the vulnerability of coastal nations based on indicators for their coral reef management, fisheries and food security. The ... Read more...

31-10-2012
UN warns of 'ocean grabbing' by fishing fleets

"Ocean grabbing" or aggressive industrial fishing by foreign fleets is a threat to food security in developing nations where governments should do more to promote local, small-scale fisheries, a study by a UN expert said ... Read more...

31-10-2012
Liberia: Governments Robbed Of Needed Resources

Convinced that illegal fishing is robbing governments in the West African region  where the practice is taking center state, regional ministers in West Africa have embarked on a fight geared towards reducing illegal fishing  so ... Read more...

29-10-2012
Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Seeks to Monitor Commercial Fishing

The government is planning to build three fishing harbours that will, among other issues, monitor commercial fishing in the country.Speaking to the 'Daily News' here last week, the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, ... Read more...

29-10-2012
Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Seeks to Monitor Commercial Fishing

Speaking to the 'Daily News' here last week, the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Mr Benedict Ole Nangoro, said the three fishing harbours will be built in Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Lindi ... Read more...

26-10-2012
Africa Loses One Million Tonnes of Fish Yearly Due to Illegal Fishing

Africa loses one million tonnes of fish per year due to overfishing and bad governance in the fisheries sector. The continent's losses account for one-tenth of annual global losses, said Sumaila Rashid, Director of the ... Read more...

26-10-2012
African Union sets deadline for continent-wide maritime strategy

The African Union's (AU) deadline for securing the continent's territorial waters- the world's last major geographical region without a maritime strategy- has been set for 2050, a target that may prove untenable. Without a comprehensive strategy ... Read more...

25-10-2012
Somalia: Puntland Obtains New Information On Vessels Illegally Fishing in Somali Waters

Garowe, Somalia - Puntland authorities stated on Tuesday that they recently obtained new information about vessels illegally fishing in Puntland waters, Garowe Online reports.International Naval Forces patrolling the coast of Somalia informed Puntland's Ministry of ... Read more...

25-10-2012
Sierra Leone: Poaching Threatens Sierra Leone's Small-Scale Fishermen

Freetown - Living in a country with a 70 percent youth unemployment rate, fishing along the long Atlantic Coast is one of the few options left for Sierra Leonian youth in terms of work. But ... Read more...

17-10-2012
Namibia: Overfishing Threatens Okavango

Namibia, Angola and Botswana must harmonise or introduce fishing control measures to address overfishing in the Okavango River.The Ministry of Fisheries and the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Programme (Sarep) funded by USAID have set the ... Read more...

01-10-2012
New tool in fight against IUU

WWF launched its Smart Fishing Initiative last week- a simple way of to using satellite data to monitor global fisheries activities and curb illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices. Using the Automatic Identification System (AIS) ... Read more...

28-09-2012
United Nations backs global call for landing sharks with fins attached

Oceana has commended signatories to the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (MoU), for further emphasising the importance of landing sharks with their fins attached. The ... Read more...

27-09-2012
Foreign vessels questioned for their role in Mozambique

On Monday the Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, ended its two week cooperation with the Mozambican Ministry of Fisheries. The organisation had been patrolling the country's waters and facilitating inspections of foreign fishing vessels.Due to limited ... Read more...

27-09-2012
In Sierra Leone, Fish Ministry Auctions Over 900 Cartons of Fish

Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, on Saturday 22nd September 2012, auctioned over nine hundred confiscated cartons of fish at the Joint Maritime Committee (JMC) in Murray Town west end of Freetown. The cartons of ... Read more...

27-09-2012
WWF: new approach to IUU fishing

WWF's Smart Fishing Initiative has presented a new, simple, effective and inexpensive way to use satellite data to monitor global fisheries activities and curb illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.Using the 'Automatic Identification System' (AIS) ... Read more...

25-09-2012
Tunisia: Seven Foreign Fishing Units Arrested in Local Waters

Tunis - Tunisian maritime authorities arrested 7 fishing boats, including 6 Egyptian and 1 Italian. The boats entered the Tunisian waters to fish illegally off the Gulf of Gabes at a time when fishing is banned over ... Read more...

25-09-2012
Crackdown on illegal fishing

ISimangaliso Wetland Park is taking a zero tolerance approach to illegal fishing.The park, together with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the police, have seized 28 boats that were being used for illegal fishing in the uMfolozi ... Read more...

25-09-2012
UN recognizes wildlife crime as threat to rule of law

New York, USA, 25th September 2012- Poaching and the illicit trafficking of wildlife products were raised on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly for the first time this Monday, during discussions on strengthening ... Read more...

03-09-2012
World Bank's Approach to Environmental Crime

With an estimated $78.5 billion market, wildlife crime has attracted organized criminal +network. But the World Bank is helping its clients curb this illicit activity by placing an increased focus on law enforcement.In South Africa, ... Read more...

31-08-2012
East Africa: RC Calls for Joint Preservation of Lake Victoria Resources

Bukoba - LOCAL governments and municipalities around Lake Victoria (LVRAC) have been urged to join forces in preserving resources for sustainable development.The Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Fabian Massawe, made the call during the official opening ... Read more...

30-08-2012
Nigeria: U.S., Nigerian Navy Partner to Boost Maritime Security

To boost maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea as well as build capacity for personnel, the Nigerian Navy has partnered its United States' counterpart under the African Partnership Station (APS) initiative.It is no gainsaying ... Read more...

30-08-2012
ECOWAS urges policy harmonization for fisheries development

Fisheries development - ECOWAS member states have been urged to harmonize their policies and efforts in the fisheries sector to boost intra-regional trade in fish products. The ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, ... Read more...

27-08-2012
Somaliland: Licensed fishing trawlers to have local supervisor on board

The government of Somalia is set to ensure that fishing is undertaken as per the law.This was revealed by the Director General in the ministry of fisheries Mr. Mohamed Elmi Ilka'ase' at the port of ... Read more...

20-08-2012
Huge Restitution Award Nears for South Africa: Judge recommends US$55 million in one of the largest

  After over a decade of litigation in one of the largest cases involving fisheries crimes, the United States v. Bengis case may finally be nearing a conclusion. On August 16, 2012, United States Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck ... Read more...

16-08-2012
Angola: Fishing Boats Monitoring Satellite System Inauguration Wednesday

The continuous monitoring system of fishing ships through satellite, Monicap, will be inaugurated on Wednesday in Luanda, says a press note delivered to Angop. A document issued by the Ministry of agriculture, rural development and fisheries ... Read more...

15-08-2012
Tanzania fishermen want review of taxes on fishing gear

The Tanzania government should review taxes on fishing equipment in order to stop operations of illegal fishermen on Lake Victoria, it has been proposed. According to an association for fishermen, poor equipment prompted some of them, especially on the ... Read more...

14-08-2012
Commission to tackle fishing industry tender

The Competition Commission is investigating allegations against the R800 million tender won by Sekunjalo to combat illegal fishing along South Africa's coastline.According to Corruption Watch, a non-profit organisation that gathers and reports information on corruption ... Read more...

14-08-2012
The revolution in Sierra Leone's fishing industry: Another President Ernest Bai Koroma legacy

With barely ten weeks to go for the next general elections, which to me would be a kind of referendum for this government, we should keep telling it to the rooftops, that President Koroma has ... Read more...

14-08-2012
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing workshop - Cape Town 2012

A four-day workshop on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing was held in Cape Town in July 2012 for 40 participants from 19 African States with responsibilities relating to port State controls. The workshop focused ... Read more...

13-08-2012
Greenpeace welcomes the Rainbow Warrior to SA shores

Greenpeace's latest and most environmentally friendly ship, the Rainbow Warrior has arrived on South African shores. The ship arrived at the Cape Town's V & A Waterfront ahead of schedule on Friday due to extreme ... Read more...

13-08-2012
UN launches new initiative to protect oceans on 30th anniversary of Law of the Sea

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched on Monday a new initiative to protect the oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on it, and called on countries to work together to achieve a more sustainable management of this ... Read more...

10-08-2012
Sierra Leone: Fish Shortage! Minister Clears the Air

Contrary to claims by some fishing vessel agents that the implementation of various reforms by the ministry of fisheries and marine resources to curb illegal fishing is responsible for the shortage of fish in the ... Read more...

07-08-2012
Mozambique: Mozambican Elected to Law of Sea Technical Body

Mozambican geo-scientist Estevao Mhanjane has been elected a member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), a technical body of the United Nations set up under the Convention on the Law ... Read more...

30-07-2012
COFI- Reoprting on outcomes for IUU fishing in Africa

The following report of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting this year comes from the International MCS Network- http://imcsnet.org/2012/07/cofi-final-report/ The Thirtieth Session of COFI concluded on Friday July 13th. While the FAO's official report of the ... Read more...

27-07-2012
UK court hands out record fine to Spanish-owned fishing company

TRURO Crown Court yesterday, July 26, ordered a Spanish fishing company, its UK subsidiary and their captains to pay a total of 1.62 million GBP for serious fisheries offences. This is the highest court order amount ... Read more...

18-07-2012
SENEGAL: Overfishing - culprits and consequences

Senegal stopped renewing agreements allowing European fishing vessels in its waters in 2006, but now an expanding artisanal fleet and local industrial boats enjoying exclusivity under lax regulations are being blamed for malpractice and degrading ... Read more...

17-07-2012
Tanzania: Minister to Open Fisheries Meet in Dar

THE Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, Dr David Mathayo, will Tuesday grace the opening of 16th Biennial International Conference on Fisheries Economics and Trade in Dar es Salaam. Briefing reporters on the conference on Monday, ... Read more...

12-07-2012
Senegal: Our Victories Continue

The last few months have seen a string of victories for our oceans campaign in West Africa - and the most recent is just as sweet. Two months ago the newly elected Senegalese government cancelled 29 ... Read more...

11-07-2012
Nigeria: FAO Wants Enhanced Fisheries Management to Ensure Food Security

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged member countries to manage their fisheries and aqua-culture sectors well to help ensure food security for millions of people. FAO in a published report at the ... Read more...

10-07-2012
Kenyans Shun Fish Over High Prices

China- Fish is one of the most revered meals in Kenya, but high prices have conspired to keep the healthy source of protein away from plates of most Kenyans. Most people in the east African nation ... Read more...

09-07-2012
FOOD: Fishy business - the cost of illegal trawling

JOHANNESBURG, 9 July 2012 (IRIN) - Illegal and unregulated fishing is rampant worldwide, particularly off the coasts of West Africa and the Horn of Africa, and accounts for between US$10 billion and $23 billion of direct losses ... Read more...

06-07-2012
Tanzania: Illegal Fishermen Vacate Waters

Dodoma- Tanzania territorial waters are safe and illegal fishing in the country's deep sea area has successfully been contained, the National Assembly was told here on Thursday. The Deputy Minister for Livestock Development and Fishing, Mr ... Read more...

25-06-2012
In Sierra Leone, Fisheries Ministry Fortifies Canoe Registration

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources with support from the World Bank Funded West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme in Sierra Leone (WARFP-SL), on Wednesday 18th June 2012, completed the final phase of the training and ... Read more...

17-06-2012
Stealing from the Poor? Illegal Fishing in Sierra Leone

"We have set the records straight! Any vessel that wants to fish on our waters must do so through the right channel and comply with the laws of Sierra Leone". Salieu Sankoh- National Project Coordinator, ... Read more...

15-06-2012
Experts lament poor ocean progress in 20 years at Rio 20 summit

WASHINGTON: World governments have made little progress in the past 20 years when it comes to their pledges to protect marine life and reduce overfishing, experts said on Thursday. With ocean health among the top 10 ... Read more...

14-06-2012
Chinese vessels suspected of IUU fishing in the Mediterranean are in Mauritania

An article published in le Quotidien de Nouakchott (Mauritania) informs that the dozen of Chinese vessels FU YUAN YU  detected in the Mediterranean some weeks ago, and suspected of IUU fishing for bluefin tuna, - something ... Read more...

14-06-2012
Mozambique: Contaminated Soil Used to Kill Fish for Market

Maputo- Residents living in the vicinity of the Muziba irrigation scheme in the district of Nicoadala, in the central province of Zambezia, are selling fish caught using soil contaminated with obsolete pesticides. According to Samson Cuamba ... Read more...

13-06-2012
EAC member states jointly sharing L. Victoria blamed

Member states of the East African Community {EAC} would soon find it difficult to export their fish to the European Union nations unless they put in place joint effort to stamp out chemical fishing in ... Read more...

12-06-2012
Aquaculture gains top level recognition as a contributor to future food production

Kofi Annan left a deep impression on world aquaculture leaders when spoke this morning, June 12 2012, on how aquaculture can contribute to feeding nine billion people by 2050. He was addressing the fully-subscribed global aquaculture ... Read more...

10-06-2012
EU equips Mauritius to fight illegal fishing

The European Union (EU) has on Wednesday donated equipment worth Rs 300, 000 to the Ministry of Fisheries in connection with the Regional Plan for Fisheries Surveillance in the South-West Indian Ocean. The Plan is implemented ... Read more...

08-06-2012
KENYA: Turkana fishermen want better roads, storage facilities

The remote location of Lake Turkana away from the main fish markets (especially Nairobi) makes fishing a less than lucrative activity for the fishing community KALOKOL, 8 June 2012 (IRIN) - Kalokol fish-landing bay in Kenya's ... Read more...

08-06-2012
Angola: Delegations at Regional Fisheries Commission Meeting

Pointe Noire- An Angolan delegation attended Friday as an observer the opening of the extraordinary session of the Regional Fisheries Commission (COREP) held in Pointe Noire, economic capital of Congo Brazzaville, chaired by the local ... Read more...

04-06-2012
French Naval Ship docks at Tema Port

A French Navy Ship, "Commandant L'Herminier," on Monday docked at the Tema Port, on a four-day official visit to Ghana. The ship which docked at the shores of Ghana at about 1050 hours has a staff ... Read more...

31-05-2012
Kenya: Fishing Ban Issued in Lake Naivasha for Three Months

The ministry of fisheries has banned fishing in Lake Naivasha for three months to pave way for restocking. The ministry said that the annual ban would start from 1st of June to 31st of August. Issuing ... Read more...

30-05-2012
Ghana to build 11 new fishing ports

Ghana will be getting 11 new fishing ports by 2017, constructed by Dutch engineering and consulting company DHV. Construction will begin this summer, and the project totals $200m which will be financed by Ghana with a ... Read more...

26-05-2012
20 Zambian fishermen abducted by Congolese soldiers

Twenty Zambian fishermen have been abducted by Congolese marine soldiers on lake Mweru in Luapula province. The incident happened around 02 hours this morning when a total of 32 Zambian fishermen were caught by the soldiers. Luapula ... Read more...

24-05-2012
More sustainable fisheries deal reached with Mozambique

 A new deal with Mozambique, which licenses fishing opportunities to 75 European Union (EU) vessels from Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and the UK, puts more emphasis on sustainable fishing and controls and obliges EU vessel ... Read more...

21-05-2012
Somalia: 'Illegal foreign fishing trawlers in Puntland waters', says Mayor of Bayla

Mayor of Bayla district Saeed Adan Ali said on Monday that there are two illegal fishing trawlers currently in Puntland waters, Garowe Online reports. Mayor Saeed of Bayla, a coastal district in Karkaar region, said that ... Read more...

18-05-2012
Fishing observers 'intimidated and bribed by EU crews'

Quota checks allegedly being compromised aboard Northwest Atlantic Fishery boats, as observers report surveillance and theft Observers monitoring European fish quotas are being regularly intimidated, offered bribes and undermined by the fishing crews they are observing, ... Read more...

13-05-2012
Patrol boat setting sail for Africa

THE Manx Customs patrol boat is heading for warmer seas- after being donated to the government of Sierra Leone. Patrol vessel Panther, built in 1992, has been in service in Manx waters since 2003, after she ... Read more...

09-05-2012
Unconfirmed information suggests that the Yangzi Hua 44, IUU listed by CCAMLR, has changed its name

Unconfirmed information suggests that the Yangzi Hua 44, IUU listed by CCAMLR, has changed name to Wutaishan Anhui 44. The Wutaishan Anhui 44 was last seen at 0528 GMT on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at position ... Read more...

06-05-2012
Fish farming considered a gold mine that will lift household incomes and boost exports

Sylvester Adia, a resident of Kajjansi off Entebbe Road, defied unemployment by venturing into commercial fish farming at his home. He has no regrets Armed with Shs50, 000, he bought 2,500 young fish from fishermen on ... Read more...

04-05-2012
Poacher 'Ray' in Luanda

The toothfish poacher 'RAY', formerly known as: 'Kily', 'Constant' and 'Tropic' is in Luanda and has been there for the past 12 days. In March, the TM Foundation noted that the IUU listed vessel 'Kily' ... Read more...

04-05-2012
Govt cancels licences of foreign fishing trawlers

Senegal's new government has revoked the licences of 29 foreign fishing trawlers and demanded that they land their catches in the capital Dakar before leaving the country's waters.Fisheries Minister Pape Diouf's move follows intensifying resentment ... Read more...

26-04-2012
Call for new abalone poaching crackdown

Cape Town - The DA on Thursday called for a new crackdown on abalone (perlemoen) poaching. "Re-institute Operation Trident with appropriate institutional support, such as the green courts," Democratic Alliance fisheries spokesperson, Pieter van Dalen, said ... Read more...

22-04-2012
Angola: Minister Inaugurates Artisan Fishing Support Centre

Benguela- The minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Afonso Pedro Canga, on Thursday inaugurated in the southern Benguela province, a Centre of Support to Artisan Fishing, meant to supply technical assistance to fishermen in ... Read more...

19-04-2012
Ghanaian Fisherfolk Blasting Their Way to Finding Fish

TAKORADI-SEKONDI, Ghana- Explosives, high-watt light bulbs, monofilament nets, and poison: these are a few methods fisherfolk are using to catch ever-dwindling fish stocks off Ghana's shores. "Before, your boat was full," says Thomas Essuman, a 20-year ... Read more...

15-04-2012
African governments take a swipe at illegal fishing

During the past month March, several African governments took a swipe against fishing vessels operating illegally in their territorial waters. More and more political awareness seems to arise over the economic potentials and importance of ... Read more...

14-04-2012
Region in rush to save lake as fish stocks fall

Jinja- Ministries of Fisheries in the East African Community (EAC) are preparing a joint operation strategy on Lake Victoria to stem increasing cases of illegal fishing. Senior fisheries officials from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya are already ... Read more...

14-04-2012
Saving Lake Victoria Fish catch

  As aquaculture takes root in East Africa to supplement fishing in major waters, efforts are being made to increase sustainable fish production in Lake Victoria, an ecosystem choking under increased illegal and unregulated activities. Statistics from ... Read more...

08-04-2012
Mozambique: Antillas Reefer - From Poacher to Gamekeeper

Maputo- A ship that was seized for fishing illegally in Mozambican waters has been turned into a monitoring and inspection vessel, and has joined the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The ship is the ... Read more...

05-04-2012
Sierra Leone: As State Loses U.S $30 Million Annually

Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources has expressed his ministry's determination to ensure that all fishing vessels operating within Sierra Leone's territorial waters do so in compliance with the laws of the land. Dr. Soccoh Kabia ... Read more...

03-04-2012
Sierra Leone: Fishing Vessel Pays U.S. $0.7 Million to Govt

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has ordered the release of a French fishing vessel, STERENN following the payment of $703,970 fine levied on it in respect of various infractions for which it was ... Read more...

02-04-2012
Danish government zigzagging over Western Sahara

Danish Minister for Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr, says that Denmark will not support or subsidize Danish companies that operate illegally in Western Sahara. A month ago, the Minister was rather less adamant when ... Read more...

30-03-2012
French vessel arrested in Freetown

A FRENCH-flagged tuna purse seiner is the latest vessel to face sanctions under Sierra Leone's crackdown on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The FV Sterenn (IMO 9225548) is under arrest in Freetown for failing to ... Read more...

28-03-2012
Liberia: GOL, FAO Sign Fishery Project

The Government of Liberia and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) yesterday signed a Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) to develop a community support model of empowering women fisher-folks by building confidence ... Read more...

26-03-2012
Mozambique: Spanish Fishing Boat Released

The Mozambican authorities have released the Spanish fishing boat, the "Txori Argi", which was seized on 14 March when it was caught fishing illegally for tuna in Mozambican waters. According to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, ... Read more...

23-03-2012
Don seeks measures to stop illegal fishing

A Professor of Fisheries at the Lagos State University (LASU), Martins Agenuma Anetekhai, has urged the government to take steps to halt illegal fishing in the nation's territorial waters. Etekhai said illegal fishing is affecting ... Read more...

22-03-2012
Inpesca rejects fine from Mozambique

The shipping company Inpesca, SA, owner of the tuna boat Txori Argi, rejects the sanction set by the government of Mozambique for illegal fishing in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of that country. The company ... Read more...

22-03-2012
Mozambique: Spanish Fishing Boat Released

The Mozambican authorities have released the Spanish fishing boat, the "Txori Argi", which was seized on 14 March when it was caught fishing illegally for tuna in Mozambican waters. According to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, ... Read more...

21-03-2012
Tanzania: Illegal Fishing in Zanzibar Still a Big Headache

DESPITE increased awareness, law enforcement and the use of mobile phones in curbing harmful methods of fishing, the lack of support from leaders hampers the campaign against illegal fishing in Zanzibar. Officials in the Department of ... Read more...

20-03-2012
Illegal fishing trawlers on the run

The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, is presently searching for three vessels, namely, Kum Myeong 2, Five Star and the Marcia 777, which are alleged to have been ... Read more...

20-03-2012
Avoiding the tragedy of overfishing

Management of fisheries at community level can help curb overfishing according to new research from an international scientific team, including the University of East Anglia. The positive finding comes from the world's largest field investigation of ... Read more...

20-03-2012
Sierra Leone: Illegal Fishing Vessels Escape Fine

Three illegal fishing vessels - the Five Star, Marcia 777 and the Kum Myeong 2 - have fled Sierra Leone, escaping fines for doing illegal fishing and transhipment in the country's Inshore Exclusion Zone, IEZ. The ... Read more...

18-03-2012
UK steps in to help West Africa in fight to overturn EU fishing abuses

Britain helps block move by Spain that would have allowed European trawlers to continue overfishing in African waters Small-scale fishermen in West Africa have appealed to the UK fisheries minister Richard Benyon to protect their future ... Read more...

18-03-2012
Man caught with R3.6m in perlemoen to appear in court

A man found with perlemoen (abalone) with a street value of R3.6 million will appear in the Somerset West Magistrate's Court on Monday, Western Cape police said. Captain Frederick van Wyk said the man, 28, was ... Read more...

18-03-2012
SA's marine resources will go unprotected after March - DA

Pieter van Dalen says current contractor Smit Amandla in process of scaling down operations Who is going to patrol our marine resources after March? Marine resources on South Africa's coastlines will be unprotected from the end ... Read more...

16-03-2012
Fisheries stink gets up MP's nose

The role of the former acting deputy director general of fisheries, Joseph Sebola, in the controversial awarding of a R800-million tender to Sekunjalo Marine Services Consortium to combat illegal fishing along South Africa's coastline is ... Read more...

16-03-2012
Illegal fishing still haunts Zanzibar

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pandu Ameir Kificho Despite the ban on illegal fishing methods, authorities in Zanzibar are still worried that people still violate the law. Opening a one-day stakeholders' meeting on 'escalating illegal ... Read more...

16-03-2012
Nigeria: Towards a National Maritime Emergency

IN my previous article on trawler fishermen, I suggested alternative revenue sources for trawler owners. But, in the final analysis, it is fishing done properly that must sustain the industry. Its collapse would mean the loss ... Read more...

16-03-2012
Sierra Leone: Minister Denies Maltreatment of Fishing Vessels Workers

Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource, Dr. Soccoh Kabia has strongly denied claims made by a local government fisheries monitor on Citizen Radio's Monologue programme that Sierra Leoneans working onboard fishing vessels are maltreated by ... Read more...

15-03-2012
Illegal fishing plunders and strains West Africa

On a recent mission pursuing pirate fishermen off Sierra Leone's coast, the head of the Fisheries Protection Unit found himself adrift on the high seas with six crew after their rented motorboat ran out of ... Read more...

15-03-2012
Sierra Leone: WARFP, Fisheries Ministry Staff Train On Bio-Economic Models

Monitoring and Evaluation Officers and Fisheries Officers from the West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme WARFP and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources will today end their training on economic and bio-economic models, principles of ... Read more...

14-03-2012
Two men arrested in Grahamstown with over 170kg of perlemoen

Two men were arrested in Grahamstown after they were found in possession of over 170 kg of perlemoen, Eastern Cape police said on Monday. Captain Mali Governder said the men's car was stopped and searched by ... Read more...

13-03-2012
Doors open to ground Tawariq fleet

AFTER the captain and agent of MV Tawariq 1 were found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison or pay 1bn/- fine with the ship nationalised following a High Court verdict last February, the ... Read more...

13-03-2012
Whispers of a dynamite fishing witness

"MY father owns a house in Msanga Mkuu. I go there once in a while and whenever I am home, I hear a blast every ten minutes. It comes from the Indian Ocean. I am surprised, ... Read more...

12-03-2012
Sierra Leone: Fish Mongers Lectured On Canoe Registration

Fish mongers in the Western Area and Moyamba district have benefited from an intensive training on how to go about registering their canoes. The training held in Tombo and organised by the Ministry of Fisheries ... Read more...

09-03-2012
Proposals to ensure fisheries sustainability

As part of a Public Hearing 'The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Reform,' organized by the European Parliament (EP), the secretary general of the Spanish ... Read more...

09-03-2012
NEW online databases launched by ISSF

The ISSF has recently launched two new online databases; the first one is a database compiling resolutions adopted by tuna RFMOs, and is available at; http://iss-foundation.org/rfmo-resolution-database/?utm_source=3.8.12+RFMO+database&utm_campaign=3.8.12+RFMO+database&utm_medium=email The second is a database listing vessels with International Maritime Organisation ... Read more...

09-03-2012
Abalone syndicate case delayed

The trial of 24 people implicated in a national perlemoen (abalone) poaching syndicate was postponed by the Khayelitsha Regional Court on Thursday, the Hawks said. Spokesman McIntosh Polela said the group would appear again on July ... Read more...

07-03-2012
WWF exposes fisheries "myths"

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has published a list of supposed "myths", which it feels must be exposed in order to "undo the effects of three decades of disastrous fisheries management in Europe." According to the ... Read more...

05-03-2012
Fusion wins Zambian contract

The Scottish fish farm supplier, Fusion Marine, has won a GBP0.5m contract to provide equipment for a new tilapia farming venture in Zambia. The Zambian order is the latest in a series of contracts Fusion Marine ... Read more...

01-03-2012
Japan to Finance New Fish Market

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to provide 11.6 million US dollars for the construction of a new fish market in the neighbourhood of Triunfo, along the Maputo coast road. A memorandum of understanding to ... Read more...

01-03-2012
The objectives of fisheries policy are not negotiable, warns Damanaki

Members of the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU) were warned by EU Commissioner for Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, that she is not willing to hand over any of the objectives in the reform ... Read more...

01-03-2012
Madagascar Says Hands Off Marine Life

A "roadmap" for preserving marine life around the famously biologically rich island of Madagascar has been proposed in a new study released last week. Madagascar is one of the poorest countries on Earth yet has proposed ... Read more...

29-02-2012
Damanaki urges binding deadlines for fisheries reforms

EC Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki has called for "binding" deadlines to be set for the implementation of controversial fisheries reforms. In yesterday's keynote address to the EC Inter-Parliamentary Committee, titled 'Working Together Towards Sustainability', she said: ... Read more...

29-02-2012
Tanga NGO out to combat illegal fishing

Even after their involvement in the fishing industry for all their lives, most villagers living adjacent to the Tanga city coastal waters are ignorant of laws governing fisheries. They are in the dark as to what ... Read more...

27-02-2012
Gulf of Guinea needs regional anti-piracy strategy, UN official stresses

A comprehensive regional strategy is critical if countries are to successfully combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a top United Nations official stressed today, highlighting the threat posed to the security and economic development ... Read more...

27-02-2012
EU Subsidized Fishing Fleets Plundering Region's Water - Greenpeace

A report released by Greenpeace today highlights the industrial-scale overfishing by European vessels in West African waters as a result of failed European Union (EU) fishing rules. At the same time an international Greenpeace team aboard ... Read more...

27-02-2012
Piracy costs east African economies

Piracy and maritime-related crime on the east coast of Africa is said to be costing the region around R100 billion. This at a time when food prices, which are on the increase due to higher ... Read more...

25-02-2012
European and Asian Ships Continue to Plunder Somali Waters

The international community has failed to grapple with the real underlying political and economic issues facing the troubled East African nation of Somalia, which has been surviving without an effective government for over two decades, ... Read more...

25-02-2012
EU member states should take more responsibility for their fleets

An interview with MEP Isabella Lovin MEP Isabella Lovin is a member of the European Parliament Fisheries and Development Committees. She is also a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. In the context of the ... Read more...

24-02-2012
Exposed - Illegal Fishing in Regional Seas

Today Greenpeace activists caught a Russian-flagged vessel fishing illegally in Senegalese waters, painting the hull of the trawler with the word "Pillage" (the French word for plunder). The 120 meter-long "Oleg Naydenov" is one example of ... Read more...

24-02-2012
Sustainable fisheries deal made with the EU

Delegations of the European Commission (EC) and the Republic of Mauritius met in Port Louis this week to initiate a new Fisheries Partnership Agreement and protocol governing the fisheries activities of European Union (EU) vessels ... Read more...

23-02-2012
Somaliland says new laws show intent to fight piracy

Somaliland's parliament has passed legislation recognising piracy as a crime and allowing for pirates convicted abroad to be transferred to the breakaway enclave, officials said on Wednesday. Somaliland, which declared its independence from Somalia in 1991 ... Read more...

22-02-2012
Fish Mongers Clobber, Disarm ZAWA Officers

A group of unruly villagers in Lukanga swamps in Kabwe beat up officers from the fisheries department and disarmed Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) scouts after they attempted to confiscate fish in line with the annual ... Read more...

22-02-2012
Report says Somalia's rich marine resources are being plundered

The international community has failed to grapple with the real underlying political and economic issues facing the troubled East African nation of Somalia, which has been surviving without an effective government for over two decades, ... Read more...

22-02-2012
Interpol asked to help after arrest of 'pirate' ship captained by Bulgarian

Interpol has been asked to assist in the investigation that has followed the arrest of an alleged pirate ship crew, captained by a man reported to be a Bulgarian, off the coast of the Comores ... Read more...

21-02-2012
Four New Vessels For Navy To Secure Country's Maritime Boundaries

President John Evans Atta Mills yesterday commissioned four new vessels for the Ghana Navy, the first in 32 years, and underscored the need for the country to secure its maritime domain for its future socio-economic ... Read more...

21-02-2012
R5m perlemoen confiscated in Cape Town

A man was arrested and perlemoen (abalone) worth about R5-million confiscated in Cape Town on Tuesday morning, Western Cape police said. At around 9am, a police patrol pulled over an Isuzu bakkie which was being driven ... Read more...

20-02-2012
Greenpeace Exposes Another Foreign Trawler in Senegalese Waters

Today Greenpeace protested against foreign overfishing in Senegalese waters. Activists from Europe and Africa confronted a Lithuanian-flagged super pelagic trawler, the "Irivinga" and unveiled a banner reading "Stop fishing away Africa's future". "Irivinga" a 120 metre ... Read more...

19-02-2012
Stink over fishy fishing contract

A damning legal opinion has recommended that a controversial fisheries tender awarded by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries be put on ice. Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson is also headed for a showdown with her top ... Read more...

17-02-2012
Parliament approves problematic trade deal with Morocco

Parliament has given its consent to liberalise the trade of agriculture and fisheries products between the European Union (EU) and Morocco while adopting a resolution underscoring various concerns. The votes late this week, which come ... Read more...

17-02-2012
Maritime Piracy Under the Spotlight

South Africa will host 32 member states of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and various international parties with interests in these waters when the third such event takes place in Cape Town in April ... Read more...

17-02-2012
New Right Holder Pays Levies

Aluta Fishing, a joint venture company, this week became the first new fishing right holder to pay the quota fees to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Windhoek. On behalf of the five board ... Read more...

16-02-2012
Patrol vessel helps fight piracy in the Indian Ocean

Patrol vessel Infanta Elena sailed Wednesday toward the coast of Somalia to fight piracy in the Indian Ocean as part of the Atalanta mission of the European Union (EU). The boat, belonging to the Spanish Navy, ... Read more...

16-02-2012
Greenpeace and Fishermen Cooperate to Tackle Overfishing

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, has docked today at the port of Dakar, where they were welcomed by more fifty artisanal fishermen with their traditional pirogues. Dakar, 16th February 2012 - In the coming weeks the Arctic ... Read more...

14-02-2012
Poor fisheries partnership agreements make illegal fishing easy

The bilateral fisheries agreements, known as Fisheries Partnership Agreements (FPAs), that exist between the EU and third countries have been providing the perfect cover for illegal fishing activities, reports Jason Holland. Speaking at the 7th International ... Read more...

14-02-2012
Tanzania: Move to curb illegal fishing succeeds

Exchange of fishing gears and provision of alternative economic activities to illegal fishermen has worked wonders in the coast of Southern Tanzania. Under exchange of fishing gears Mnazi Bay Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park (MBREMP) offered a programme ... Read more...

14-02-2012
Rorya DC calls for action against illegal fishermen

Rorya District Commissioner Benedicto Kitenga has directed the police to arrest all illegal fishermen from neighbouring countries, who use poison to kill fish for easy collection from Lake Victoria. He gave the directive during a meeting ... Read more...

14-02-2012
New Protocol to EU - Guinea Bissau Fisheries Partnership Agreement

The European Union and Guinea Bissau agreed today on a new Protocol to implement the EU/Guinea Bissau Fisheries Partnership Agreement. The Protocol provides the EU with fishing opportunities for fish (including tuna), cephalopods and shrimps. In ... Read more...

10-02-2012
The Seventh Chatham House Forum on IUU Fishing

Chatham House hosted the Seventh International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing last week. This conference always attracts a wide range of delegates from all over the world. Again this year there were ... Read more...

09-02-2012
Abalone worth R5 million seized in Cape Town

Johannesburg – Abalone (known in South Africa as perlemoen) worth about R5m was seized when police searched a truck in Khayelitsha in Cape Town on Thursday morning, Western Cape police said. Police received a tip-off that ... Read more...

08-02-2012
Twelve people arrested in Djibouti for illegal fishing in tourist area

Last Thursday, the Djibouti coastguard unit arrested a dozen red-handed offenders on board a dhow on the maritime waters of the tourist area of ​​Arta where all fishing is prohibited. A routine patrol coast guard last Thursday Djibouti ... Read more...

07-02-2012
South Africa: Alleged abalone thief to appear in court

Pretoria - A Chinese national, who was arrested on Monday after being found in possession of dried abalone, will appear before the Bellville Magistrate's Court today.  According to Cape Town's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, ... Read more...

05-02-2012
How Lake Victoria's Perch perished

It rose rapidly, and conquered the world's second largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria, attracting 300,000 small scale fishermen and traders as well as heavy cargo planes from Europe, before it vanished like candle in ... Read more...

03-02-2012
The toughest place to be a fisherman

For centuries the fertile fishing grounds off Sierra Leone have provided a living for coastal villagers, but unwelcome intruders are now threatening their way of life. Has it become the toughest place to be a ... Read more...

03-02-2012
Prince Charles presents proof of profit in sustainable fisheries

Evidence gathered by one of prince's charities hailed as rare piece of good news for world's dwindling fish stocks.  Proof that sustainably managed fisheries can deliver higher profits as well as environmental benefits was presented on ... Read more...

03-02-2012
If there’s a will, there’s a way

It's estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of the world's seafood catch constitutes illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and that some African countries lose as much as 40 percent of their fish resource ... Read more...

01-02-2012
Damen Launches Fishery Inspection Vessel

Damen Shipyards Galati is building the Ngola Kiluange, a Fishery Inspection Surveillance Vessel (FISV) 6210, for the Angolan Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. With another two ships under construction, the Angolan government is ... Read more...

01-02-2012
Suspension Of Licensing Of New Fishing Vessels With Effect From 1st February, 2012

Suspension Of Licensing Of New Fishing Vessels With Effect From 1st February, 2012  As part of the West African Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) to conserve and manage the fisheries resources in a sustainable manner, the MOFA ... Read more...

01-02-2012
UK funds 'pirate' fishing vessel

Freetown - A vessel seized by Sierra Leone authorities for illegally fishing off the West African nation's coast received funds from a British government development agency through an investment fund, officials said. Some $1.74m from the ... Read more...

31-01-2012
CURRENT OPPORTUNITY: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL MONITORING, CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE NETWORK

Duration: Six month temporary position with the possibility of permanent employment based upon performance and securing the applicable employment documentation and visas if not a U.S. citizen.  Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA in metropolitan Washington, ... Read more...

30-01-2012
Commitment of Comoros islands to fighting IUU fishing

An EC press release has reported on a meeting of delegates 'within the framework of the joint committee to discuss issues linked to the implementation of the FPA between the EU and the Union of ... Read more...

26-01-2012
€6 million grant goes toward growth in Africa-Indian Ocean fishery sector

The European Union (EU), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the representatives of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) have marked the signature of a grant agreement of EUR 6 million. The deal ... Read more...

26-01-2012
Malawi losing $28m in fisheries resources

Malawi is losing $28 million (about MK4.6 billion) worth of fisheries resources each year due to unsustainable fishing in natural bodies, an estimate which represents 0.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the ... Read more...

25-01-2012
WWF report on ‘wild west’ fishing

A new WWF commissioned study strongly suggests that fisheries access agreements with developing countries and fuel subsidies have led to a 'slash and burn' attitude by European Union vessels fishing overseas. The report entitled Spatial expansion of ... Read more...

25-01-2012
The Constant Battle for the Bluefin

Just a few weeks ago on January 5th, the most expensive Bluefin Tuna on record was sold at Tokyo's Tsujiki fish market for an astonishing $736,000, about $1,238 per pound. Japanese restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura, who ... Read more...

24-01-2012
EU funds for fisheries projects

FIJI will benefit from nine of the 26 fisheries projects that have been allocated a budget of Ç3 million ($F6.9m). The projects for the Pacific region will see Fiji specifically develop subsidiary legislation to implement ... Read more...

24-01-2012
Massive clamp-down on illegal fishing in Sierra Leone

On the evening of 18 January, a Sierra Leone Government Fisheries Officer and members of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Maritime Wing arrested the Marampa 803 following ... Read more...

24-01-2012
New sustainable fishing rules urged

New rules are needed to make sure all European vessels fishing outside of EU waters operate in a sustainable way, campaigners have said. The current reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, which governs the EU fleet, ... Read more...

20-01-2012
What risks lie ahead for African water security?

Africa is home to some of the largest lakes in the world, both in size and volume. These lakes play a significant role in the political, social, economic and environmental life of many of the ... Read more...

19-01-2012
Over 6,000 Fishermen Challenge Politicians to Put Communities First

Today, the "My voice, my future" caravan organized by Greenpeace and small-scale fishing communities ended with a call on Senegalese politicians to take into account their concerns over the depletion of fish stocks and the ... Read more...

18-01-2012
The Republic of Congo has banned 69 Chinese fishing boats

The Republic of Congo has banned 69 Chinese fishing boats from its waters for illicit activities, Fisheries Minister Dieudonne Kiessiekiaoua said Friday. "These boats are suspended until further notice from industrial fishing in Congolese territorial waters, ... Read more...

18-01-2012
Fishing for a living in Lake Tanganyika has become a gamble

Fishing for a living in Lake Tanganyika has become a gamble, due to the escalating effects of climate change, pollution and unfriendly fishing gear which have reduced catches from the World's second deepest lake. "Fish production ... Read more...

18-01-2012
Water bodies need sustainable protection from water pollution caused by especially illegal fishing

Tanzania is endowed with numerous freshwater bodies, which are sources of water, fish (for food and commercial purposes) and transport for surrounding communities. Apart from domestic consumption, some of the fish products are exported abroad ... Read more...

17-01-2012
Fisheries director refutes Aljazeera’s claims

The Acting Director of Fisheries and Marine Resources , Alpha Bangura has strongly reacted to a number of claims made by the Doha based International News Medium, Aljazeera, relating to the operations of his ministry. Responding ... Read more...

17-01-2012
Uganda: Crackdown on illegal fishing yields positive signs

The crackdown on illegal fishing in all Uganda's fresh waters is likely to yield results as the country registers a slight recovery in catching mature fish. Early last year, the ministry launched a massive crackdown on ... Read more...

10-01-2012
Shark Fin Hunt Empties Seas

Retired fisherman Sada Fall is upbeat. His two sons are returning from sea with a boatload of "gold", as he calls shark fins, whose value has near-obliterated the ocean's top predator in these seas. Fall, 62, ... Read more...

08-01-2012
Isles set to combat illegal fishing

The government has vowed to combat illegal fishing by enforcing the law that prohibits the bad practice.  ”Illegal fishing destroys the environment. We are determined to curb it this year and need the support of ... Read more...

06-01-2012
Illegal Fishermen 4, Enforcement 0

Illegal fishing is a problem pretty much everywhere that regulations meet fish. As I noted in September, the United States government puts the global cost of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing at up to $23 billion ... Read more...

06-01-2012
Two chinese boats seized over illegal fishing

Baia Farta - Two Chinese vessels were seized, Wednesday, for illegal fishing off the north coast of Lobito, southern Benguela province, Angop has learned. With 27 Chinese citizens on board, the vessels with capacity of 60 ... Read more...

05-01-2012
Korean trawlers accused of fleeing Sierra Leone with stolen catch

Monrovia/Freetown - Two South Korean fishing trawlers have reportedly fled Sierra Leone after arrest warrants were issued on charges of stealing fish, the London-based Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) said Thursday. The vessels, which are authorized to ... Read more...

05-01-2012
Japan tuna sale smashes record

A bluefin tuna has been sold for three quarters of a million dollars in Tokyo - a price almost double last year's record sale. The bluefin tuna, prized for making the finest sushi, fetched 56.49m yen ... Read more...

19-12-2011
Illegal Fishing Costs Ugandan Govt Shs400 Billion Per Year

Uganda loses $180m (Shs427b) in foreign earnings annually to illegal fishing, Fisheries minister Ruth Nankabirwa has said. The loss figure is an estimate since 2007 when illegal fishing intensified in the country, the minister said. ... Read more...

09-12-2011
Ghana government contracts $50.3m facility for fisheries sector

A $50.3 million loan agreement aimed at good governance and the sustainable management of the fisheries sector has been laid before Parliament. The financing agreement between the government and the International Development Association (IDA) of the ... Read more...

06-12-2011
Pick n Pay greens seafood operations

Pick n Pay has become the first South African retailer to commit to transform its entire fresh, frozen and canned seafood operations by the end of 2015. The national retailer has entered into a three-year partnership ... Read more...

05-12-2011
Nigeria loses $60m yearly to illegal fishing

There is enormous potential in fishing. But pirates and unauthorised foreign vessels are depriving operators of the expected  gain. In this interview with OLUWAKEMI DAUDA,  the immediate past president, Nigerian Trawler Operators Association (NITOA) and ... Read more...

01-12-2011
Comoros islands commit to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

A delegation of the European Commission and a delegation of the Union of Comoros met within the framework of the Joint Committee to discuss issues linked to the implementation of the Fisheries partnership agreement between ... Read more...

30-11-2011
Mandatory inspection for foreign tuna vessels

Starting in December, vessels from Japan that intend to fish for tuna in Mozambican waters will have to undergo mandatory inspections at the port of Maputo before starting operations. This was announced by the National Director ... Read more...

29-11-2011
Na costa moçambicana: Pesca de atum sujeita a inspecções prévias

NAVIOS japoneses que se dedicam à pesca de atum na costa moçambicana passam, a partir do próximo mês, a ser submetidos a inspecções prévias ao licenciamento no Porto de Maputo, naquilo que constitui a primeira ... Read more...

21-11-2011
EU Proposes Ban on Shark Finning

The European Union's executive Monday proposed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, and their carcasses dumped in the sea. The European Commission ... Read more...

21-11-2011
International Action To Save Fish Stocks

EU - To protect law-abiding EU fishermen and to preserve biodiversity of the world's oceans, the EU must promote international action to fight illegal fishing, including stepping up inspections at sea, closing markets to illegal ... Read more...

21-11-2011
Authorities Nab, Destroy 45 Illegal Fishing Nets

About 45 illegal fishing nets were destroyed by the Rorya District authorities between August and September this year.The Rorya District Council executive director, Mr Cosmas Ngagaji, said that the illegal nets were destroyed during an ... Read more...

17-11-2011
Manuel Antonio Vidal Pego sentenced to prison time for trading illegally-caught Chilean sea bass

A Spanish ship-owner with a voluminous record of skirting international laws and who swears he has never fished illegally has been sentenced in Spain to one year and eight months in prison for trying to unload ... Read more...

15-11-2011
A 'major boost' in negotiations with third countries claimed from EU

The head of the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM), Rosa Aguilar, claimed "a major boost and determination" in the negotiations of Fisheries Agreements with Third Countries from the European Commission. The minister also ... Read more...

07-11-2011
Tuna fished 'illegally' during Libya conflict

Evidence is emerging of unregulated and probably illegal tuna fishing in Libyan waters during this year's conflict. Signals recorded from boats' electronic "black boxes" show a large presence inside Libyan waters, a major spawning ground for ... Read more...

26-10-2011
Ghana's navy receives four new patrol vessels

Ghana's navy on Monday took delivery of four new Chinese-built patrol ships for combating piracy and increasing maritime security in its territorial waters, as the country modernises and expands its navy."Ghana Armed Forces will ensure ... Read more...

13-10-2011
Sierra Leone: Fishing Vessels Heed to Minister's Call to Install Monitoring Transponders

Freetown - Following an ultimatum issued by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to all licensed industrial fishing companies operating in Sierra Leone few months ago, an appreciable number of them have installed Vessels ... Read more...

12-10-2011
Uganda- 70 Lakes Run Out of Fish

The extinction of fish in the over 72 small lakes in western Uganda has forced the Ministry of Agriculture to establish stringent measures to protect the remaining species in the central region lakes amid pressure ... Read more...

11-10-2011
Africa Rising: Sierra Leone, Liberia set up high-tech solutions to illegal fishing

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE Sierra Leone and Liberia are setting up ways to help small-time fishermen monitor and report the illegal foreign commercial fishing that costs each country tens of millions of dollars each year. Illegal fishing has ... Read more...

10-10-2011
Pick n Pay commits to transforming its seafood operations

Pick n Pay has announced that it will transform its seafood operations by 2015. As South Africa celebrates National Marine Week, Pick n Pay today announced its plans to commit to transforming its entire fresh, frozen ... Read more...

06-10-2011
So long and thanks for all the fish: the decline of the Maldivian fishing industry

The viability of the Maldivian tuna fishing industry is being threatened by the mass harvesting of fish stocks by foreign fishing vessels just outside the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Minivan News has learned. Fishing is ... Read more...

05-10-2011
Spain Hands Out Millions in Aid despite Fishing Company’s Record

One of the world's most controversial fishing operations—a family-controlled company in northwestern Spain linked to more than 40 cases of alleged illegal fishing—is changing tack. Antonio Vidal Pego, co-owner of Vidal Armadores, says the company ... Read more...

28-09-2011
Empty Nets, Empty Future

Greenpeace has long been investigating overfishing in West African waters and now our new report, 'Empty Nets, Empty Future' shows, in a stark light, how the local fishing industry in West Africa is under threat.   The ... Read more...

16-09-2011
Uganda: Fishermen Held in DR Congo

TEN Ugandan fishermen are still being held in the Democratic Republic of Congo over illegal fishing on the Congo side of Lake Albert. They were picked up on the night of September 6, near Ssenjojo landing ... Read more...

08-09-2011
Deputy Minister Visits Fishermen

The Deputy Minister for Fisheries, Hon. Nii Amassah Namoale has paid a visit to fishing communities in the Ga South Municipal Assembly in Accra. The communities are Bortianor, Kokrobite, Oshiyie, Tomefa and Galilea. Hon. Amassah Namoale ... Read more...

06-09-2011
U.S., Europe unite to end IUU fishing

In an historic move, the United States and European Union have joined forces to end pirate fishing. In a joint letter, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans Jane Lubchenco and EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and ... Read more...

21-08-2011
Sierra Leone to access EU fisheries markets

FREETOWN — Sierra Leone has signed an agreement with Dutch firm Precon to facilitate access to EU markets for its fish and fisheries products, the marine resources minister said Saturday. The Dutch firm specialises in hygiene, ... Read more...

12-08-2011
Study finds Somali piracy could cost global economy $12 billion

Twenty years ago, when the government of Somalia collapsed, few imagined that the country's ongoing state of lawlessness would eventually spawn piracy on such a scale that the security of the western Indian Ocean region ... Read more...

09-08-2011
CONGO: High-tech measures to curb illegal fishing

Congolese authorities have taken steps to curb illegal fishing in their territorial waters to ensure the survival of fishery resources and boost food security. The latest measure is a satellite surveillance system that monitors all ... Read more...

05-08-2011
Fishing Threatened as Pirates Operate freely on Lake Victoria

Pirates operate at will in Lake Victoria, wreaking havoc on fishermen and travellers, a maritime expert has warned.

"There have been hundreds of acts of piracy on fishermen in the lake as war lords have virtually ... Read more...

04-08-2011
Trawler seized on suspicion of illegal fishing

A trawler suspected of fishing illegally off the African coast to supply European markets has become the first fishing boat seized by the Liberian coastguard. The vessel, the Korean-flagged Seta 70, is understood to have fled ... Read more...

01-08-2011
Mozambican police seize illegal shipment of marine species

A team composed of fishing inspectors and members of the maritimepolice seized in Maputo on Tuesday a large quantity of marine species that werebeing processed prior to being exported to China and other Asian markets. The ... Read more...

20-04-2011
Fish worth 4m GBP seized in EU crackdown on illegal fishing

Catches of octopus, squid, sole, shrimp and grouper, allegedly caught using child labour, impounded in Canary Islands The fish were seized after a fleet of canoes were spotted fishing around the Marcia 707, which is thought ... Read more...

10-03-2011
Illegal fishing crosses borders, so must law enforcement

Illegal fishing is a crime. When crime crosses borders, so must law enforcement. Gunnar Stølsvik, head of the Norwegian national advisory group against organized IUU-fishing, argues that the UN Convention against transnational organized crime (UNTOC) ... Read more...

21-02-2011
Illegal South Korean Fishing Vessel Seized in Somalia Now Back in Kenya

A South Korean fishing vessel seized in October last year in Somali waters has arrived in the Kenyan port of Mombasa after its release last week from Somalia. Family and friends of the 39 Kenyan, two ... Read more...

15-02-2011
Illegal Fishing Still Continues In Liberian Waters...Despite Moratorium

Despite a moratorium on issuance or renewal fishing licenses until April 1st , 2011 announced at the recent Fishing industry meeting by the Minister of Agriculture, industrial fishing vessels continue to dock at the Monrovia port ... Read more...

08-02-2011
Liberia Government Commissions Monitoring Center

The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Agriculture, has commissioned the first Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Center intended to halt illegal fishing in Liberian territorial waters. With this center, all of the important governmental agencies ... Read more...

04-01-2011
Mozambique Fishing Vessel Seized By Somali Pirates

The small Mozambique-flagged 150 to FV VEGA 5, which was previously reported missing by her owner, is now confirmed as being pirated in the waters between Mozambique and Madagascar with 14 crew held hostage. At ... Read more...

16-12-2010
South Africa: The unsustainable and illicit trade in abalone were never given adequate support

Measures introduced in South Africa to bring the unsustainable and illicit trade in abalone were never given adequate support before they were withdrawn, finds a new study launched today in the TRAFFIC Bulletin. Abalone are ... Read more...

19-11-2010
Taking Stock: World fish catch falls to 90 mn tons in 2012

Six of the world's top 10 farmed fish are carp species, either filter feeders or those fed a largely plant-based diet. But a commonly cited drawback of aquaculture is that wild-caught forage fish - smaller plankton consumers that ... Read more...

11-11-2010
Safeguarding Africa's fishing waters Part II

Effectively combating illegal and unregulated fishing requires countries to share expertise and information, so that fleets forced away from the waters of one country cannot easily move to a neighbouring area. There are organizations that ... Read more...

05-11-2010
Foreigners are not to engage in artisinal fishing=Mensah

Mr Daniel Kirk Mensah, Vice President of Ghana Industrial Trolleys Association, on Wednesday condemned the involvement of foreigners in artisanal fishing, a preserve of local fishermen. He said foreigners were now constructing wooden vessels and canoes ... Read more...

02-11-2010
Mozambique: Government Hopes to Increase Fisheries Exports

Maputo - The Mozambican government hopes to increase annual exports of fisheries produce from the current 70 million US dollars to 170 million dollars over the next ten years. The bulk of fisheries exports go to ... Read more...

02-11-2010
Safeguarding Africa's fishing waters

Majority of the exploitation on Africa’s territorial waters are conducted by foreign ships, such as big trawlers, that haul huge quantities of fish out of the continent’s waters. However, African countries need more capacity to ... Read more...

31-10-2010
Small pelagics business in Namibia

The purse-seine fishery of Namibia consists largely of horse mackerel and pilchards and mostly marketed for South Africa and UK. According to the press release the horse mackerel are mainly canned within Namibia and in South ... Read more...

30-10-2010
Rwanda: Illegal Fishing Nets Worth Rwf16 Million Set Ablaze

Nyamasheke — Illegal fishing items worth Rwf16 million were yesterday set ablaze in Shangi Sector, Nyamasheke district. The items are said to be threatening the survival of fish in Lake Kivu. "Consumption of immature fish may ... Read more...

29-10-2010
Sierra Leonne Ends Flag Of Convenience For Fishing Vessels

Sierra Leone is closing its international shipping registry to foreign-owned fishing vessels in a move intended to reduce illegal catches in its seas and around the world, the fisheries minister said on Thursday. Officials said the ... Read more...

29-10-2010
Sénégal: Gestion de la pêche - Signature d'un protocole d'accord avec la Gambie

Les ministères gambiens et sénégalais de la Pêche ont signé vendredi un protocole d'accord dans le cadre de la gestion de ce secteur dans les deux pays, a constaté le correspondant de l'APS.L'accord a été ... Read more...

28-10-2010
South Africa: boat seized, 13 men arrested after illegal fishing spree

THIRTEEN crew members from a commercial fishing boat were arrested on Monday after they were found in possession of protected fish species. Pinky Gqirana, deputy director for the East Coast at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry ... Read more...

27-10-2010
Malawi: rangers struggle to save endangered fish in Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi has more freshwater fish than anywhere else in the world, and park rangers are on the frontline of the battle to save them. But Hastings Kawerenga, a ranger in charge of the Malawi government's ... Read more...

25-10-2010
East Africa: Lake Victoria Fishermen to Pay Levy After EU Withdraws Financial Support

Nairobi — Fishermen on Lake Victoria fishermen will soon have to pay a small fee towards the Fisheries Management Project should plants by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya go through. This comes after the European Union withdrew ... Read more...

22-10-2010
Africa: illegal fishing, piracy on the rise

JOHANNESBURG – There is dramatic increase in incidents of illegal but unreported and unregulated fishing in African waters (IUU fishing), the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) says in its brief released Wednesday. According to ISS, while ... Read more...

21-10-2010
Ghana: Navy vows to enforce Fisheries Law

The Western Naval Command, in collaboration with the National Fisheries Commission, has vowed to enforce the new Fisheries Law to protect fish stock. In this respect, fishermen who employ unacceptable means of fishing, such as use ... Read more...

20-10-2010
Illegal Fishing and the Rising Threat of Piracy

The continuing importance of Africa's maritime security has been highlighted by the widespread acts of piracy increasingly reported off the coasts of Somalia and Nigeria. Just as troubling as these dramatic incidents is the increase ... Read more...

19-10-2010
Côte d'Ivoire: Des experts luttent contre la pêche illicite

Examiner le premier draft du plan stratégique de lutte contre la pêche illicite dans le Golf de Guinée. C'est l'objet de l'atelier qui a récemment réuni à Cocody, les directeurs de pêche et experts des ... Read more...

19-10-2010
Afrique de l'Ouest: Exportation des produits de pêche - Les pays de la sous-région s'alignent aux no

Renforcer les capacités des administrations des pêches des sept pays membres de l'écorégion Wamer afin que les exportations des produits de pêche répondent au 'paquet d'hygiène de l'Union européenne'. Tel est l'objet d'un atelier de ... Read more...

15-10-2010
New rule denies IUU boats entry to US

A new federal rule is being introduced that will allow NOAA’s assistant administrator for fisheries to deny a vessel entry into a US port or access to port services if that vessel has been listed ... Read more...

12-10-2010
Madagascar: Tortues - Le reptile coûte 30 000 USD sur le marché noir

Au moins un millier de tortues terrestres sont capturées illégalement dans le sud de l'île chaque semaine, selon une étude de WWF. Le commerce illicite des espèces de tortues endémiques de Madagascar, qui plus est, menacées ... Read more...

11-10-2010
WTO negotiators curbing fisheries subsidies

The fish talks in WTO has taken new tone when the negotiators talk about curbing fisheries subsidies and appreciate the efforts to revive depleted global fish stocks and reach a deal to open up world ... Read more...

08-10-2010
Sénégal: "Agri-Infos" plonge son regard dans le secteur de la pêche

Dakar — Le magazine spécialisé dans les questions agricoles et rurales "Agri-Infos" a consacré sa dernière livraison mensuelle, parue vendredi, aux résultats de la récente conférence des ministres africains de la Pêche et de l'Aquaculture ... Read more...

07-10-2010
Namibia: Fishing Rights Applications Ends With a Rush

A long line of people rushing to give in their applications for fishing rights, descended on offices of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Windhoek last Thursday. The window applications was the whole of ... Read more...

06-10-2010
Angolan government buys Chinese patrol boats to help combat illegal fishing

Luanda, Angola, – Macauhub reports that the Angolan government has acquired 10 new patrol boats from China to assist in the combating illegal fishing off the country’s coast. The vessels cost a total of US$ ... Read more...

06-10-2010
Congo-Kinshasa: Sud-Kivu - Les pêcheurs reprennent leurs activités sur le lac Tanganyika

Kinshasa — Les pêcheurs exerçant sur le lac Tanganyika en territoire d'Uvira dans la province du Sur-Kivu ont repris, depuis quelques jours, leurs activités. Cela, après une période de trois mois de suspension ordonnée par ... Read more...

30-09-2010
'Slavery' uncovered on trawlers fishing for Europe

Exclusive: EJF find conditions including incarceration, violence, and confinement on board for months or even years Shocking evidence of conditions akin to slavery on trawlers that provide fish for European dinner tables has been found in ... Read more...

30-09-2010
South Africa: Pricking Our Conscience About Fishy Food Choices

Johannesburg — IT WAS the biggest salmon he'd ever caught, but the pride British journalist Charles Clover felt in catching the 10kg fish from the Welsh River Dee has long since dissipated. There is no ... Read more...

29-09-2010
Le Gabon publie sur internet son registre de licences de pêche

Le Gabon à mis à la disposition du public la liste des navires de pêche sous licence pour la période 2008-2009.CAPE encourage tous les pays ACP à franchir ce pas, et rappelle l’importance, pour les ... Read more...

29-09-2010
Gabon publishes its registry of fishing licences on internet

Gabon published the list of licenced fishing vessels for the period 2008-2009.CFFA encourages all ACP countries to do the same, and insists on the importance, for ACP countries, to regularly publish updated lists of licensed ... Read more...

29-09-2010
Nigeria: Jonathan - Why the Nation's Waters Must Be Policed

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan yesterday assured the Nigerian Navy of adequate platform and support it requires to police the country's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) given the value of strategic living and non-living ... Read more...

27-09-2010
Namibia: Fishing Still in Stormy Waters

NAMIBIA'S fishing sector continues to swim against the tide with landings remaining weak, the latest statistics from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources show. Total fish landings remained virtually unchanged at 106,1 thousand tonnes during ... Read more...

27-09-2010
African nations should combat illegal fishing strictly

Illegal fishing mostly happen in the waters of African countries and it is their first duty to combat them iron handed, says a fisheries expert. Dr. Nicholas Watts, told in a press meet that both ... Read more...

27-09-2010
Gambia declares desire for better fisheries future

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has called on Africans to come together to demand access agreements that contribute to the sustainable development of the fishery sector and to the improvement of the lives of African people.The ... Read more...

26-09-2010
Afrique: L'UA s'engage pour une pêche de développement

Banjul — L'Union africaine entend faire en sorte que le secteur de la pêche reçoive l'attention qu'il mérite, afin d'assurer sa croissance et sa contribution au développement socio-économique, a indiqué le commissaire de l'Union africaine ... Read more...

25-09-2010
Sénégal: Khouraïchi Thiam dénonce le pillage des ressources halieutiques en Afrique

Banjul — Le ministre sénégalais de l'Economie maritime, des Transports maritimes et des Pêches a dénoncé, récemment à Banjul (Gambie), le pillage des ressources halieutiques de l'Afrique, responsable selon lui de la situation actuelle de ... Read more...

24-09-2010
Sénégal: Pêche - La société civile et les communutés conscientes du Plan d'action du Nepad

Banjul — Les organisations de la société civile et des organisations et communautés de pêche artisanale et à petite échelle ont indiqué, jeudi à Banjul (Gambie), avoir pris conscience des points du Plan d'action du ... Read more...

23-09-2010
Kenya: Coast guard to curb illegal fishing

 Seafarers’ Assistance Programme has called for the establishment of a Coast Guard unit to curb illegal fisshing at the vast Kenyan Coast. Reacting to comments by Fisheries Minister Amason Kingi, the Seafarers’ Assistance Programme (Sap) Kenya ... Read more...

23-09-2010
Afrique: Six Etats africains prêts à établir à l'amiable leurs frontières maritimes

New York — Six pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest ont accepté mardi à New York de coopérer en vue d'établir en bonne intelligence leurs frontières maritimes et éviter les déchirements dans la course aux ressources naturelles, ... Read more...

23-09-2010
Congo-Kinshasa: Rapprochement Kinshasa-Brazzaville pour la gestion du Binational lac Tumba-lac Télé

Kinshasa — La RDC et le Congo/Brazzaville se sont mis d'accord pour gérer le site Ramsar, dénommé Binational lac Tumba-lac Télé (BILTLT). Le document sanctionnant l'accord fera l'objet d'une présentation officielle aux partenaires de la ... Read more...

23-09-2010
Sénégal: Pêche - Pour une meilleure harmonisation des politiques dédiées au secteur

L'état de la pêche en Afrique impose une cogestion et une surveillance des côtes, à travers une 'meilleure harmonisation' des politiques en oeuvre dans ce domaine, a estimé le secrétaire général de la Confédération africaine ... Read more...

22-09-2010
Sénégal: Appel à prendre en compte la pêche artisanale

La deuxième journée de cette première conférence des ministres Africains des pêches et de l'Aquaculture qui se poursuit avec la réunion des experts, a été particulièrement marquée par la rencontre de la société civile. Elle ... Read more...

22-09-2010
Sénégal: Pêche - Pour une meilleure harmonisation des politiques dédiées au secteur

Banjul — L'état de la pêche en Afrique impose une cogestion et une surveillance des côtes, à travers une "meilleure harmonisation" des politiques en oeuvre dans ce domaine, a estimé le secrétaire général de la ... Read more...

22-09-2010
Afrique: Six Etats africains prêts à établir à l'amiable leurs frontières maritimes

New York — Six pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest ont accepté mardi à New York de coopérer en vue d'établir en bonne intelligence leurs frontières maritimes et éviter les déchirements dans la course aux ressources naturelles, ... Read more...

22-09-2010
Afrique: Pêhe - La production a atteint 8,18 millions en 2008

Banjul — La production totale de la pêche par les pays africains, prenant compte la poduction des captures marines et continentales, et les sous-secteurs de l'aquaculture était d'environ 8,18 millions de tonnes en 2008, indique ... Read more...

22-09-2010
Gambia: CAMFA Opens With Call to Stops Illegal Activities on Africa's Waters

The First Conference of African Ministers for Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) opened today in the Gambian capital, Banjul, with a call to put in place robust strategies and policies to check the wanton pilferage of ... Read more...

21-09-2010
Africa: First Fisheries Ministers Confab Opens in Banjul

 The first conference of African ministers on fisheries and aquaculture began Monday at the conference hall of the Sheraton Hotel Resort and Spa in Brufut. Funded by the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and the ... Read more...

21-09-2010
Sénégal: Les pêcheurs doivent être orientés vers une pêche durable

Banjul — Les communautés de pêcheurs doivent être davantage appuyées pour les amener à s'orienter vers une pêche durable en Afrique, ont plaidé lundi à Banjul (Gambie), des participants à la cérémonie officielle d'ouverture de ... Read more...

20-09-2010
Africa: Stealing Fish And Lives Says Beatrice Gorez, Coordinator CFFA in an interview

interview Q.What is the purpose of your organisation? A.It's a coalition of European NGOs. We have partners in various African countries. Our partners are primarily small scale artisanal fishing organisations and local NGOs supporting artisanal fishing. Q.When was ... Read more...

20-09-2010
Africa: the artisanal fishing vs. industrial fishing and Tourism

The threats posed to the environment by the industrial development and the competitiveness of tourism and fishing on a large scale lead to review the laws governing the access to the sea if you want ... Read more...

20-09-2010
Gambia: Sub-Regional Training on Responsible Fishing Ends

 The five-day training on responsible fishing for journalists from the West Africa sub-region ended Sunday at the Baobab Holiday Resort in Bijilo. The training was organised by the West African Regional and Marine Conservation Programme (PRCM) ... Read more...

20-09-2010
West African Countries Urged Not to Liberalize Trade in Pelagic Species

The coordinator for the Belgium based Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Beatrice Gorez, on Sunday at the Baobab Hotel in Western Region called on West African States not to liberalize their small Pelagic Species in ... Read more...

19-09-2010
Rights activists bemoans negative impact of illegal fishing on Africa

APA Banjul-(The Gambia) The Coordinator for the Belgium-based NGO, Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Ms Beatrice Gorez on Sunday in Banjul, emphasized the need for the governments in Africa to combat illegal fishing since it ... Read more...

16-09-2010
West African Fisherman Claim Foreign Trawlers Overfishing

Fishermen in West Africa say illegal fishing by European and Asian trawlers are depleting their stocks along the entire coast. Jeanson Djobo Anvran, the director of the agency that regulates fishing in the Ivory Coast, says ... Read more...

16-09-2010
Gambie: Des journalistes séduits par la gestion de la pêche artisanale

Brikama — Les membres du Réseau des journalistes pour une pêche responsable (REJOPRAO) ont été séduits par le modèle de gestion du secteur de la pêche artisanale en Gambie qui, selon certains, devrait faire tâche ... Read more...

15-09-2010
Spain signs fisheries and aquaculture agreement with Seychelles

The governments of Spain and the Republic of Seychelles have signed a memorandum of understanding over the cooperation in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The pact was signed between the Minister of Environment and Rural and ... Read more...

14-09-2010
AfDB Provides CFAF 13 Billion to Help Modernize Gabon’s Fisheries Sector

The AfDB recently handed CFAF 13 billion worth of equipment to Gabon’s fisheries and aquaculture directorate aimed at modernizing the sector. The package is the first tranche of equipment estimated at CFAF 13 billion that the ... Read more...

13-09-2010
Uganda asks EAC countries to harmonies fishing regulations

 Uganda has asked East African Community states to make uniform regulations that govern fishing in East Africa, especially on Lake Victoria. The Minister of Uganda for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Hope Mwesigye says the five ... Read more...

13-09-2010
Côte d'Ivoire: Coopération entre le port d'Anvers et le port d'Abidjan - Un renforcement des capacit

La coopération entre la Belgique et la Côte d'Ivoire s'amplifie et se consolide, notamment en termes de relations portuaires, à en juger par le protocole de coopération qui a été signé, le mercredi 8 septembre ... Read more...

12-09-2010
Fisheries raise stink with greens

Conservation group WWF has revised its list of fish that are environmentally acceptable to eat - but some big fishing companies are crying foul. The new list issued by the Southern Africa Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) ... Read more...

03-09-2010
Tanzania Navy enhances capabilities to detect piracy

THE Tanzania Navy Command is in the process of installing an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on its radar systems to enhance the fight against illegal fishing and piracy in the country's Exclusive Economic Zones. "We hope ... Read more...

03-09-2010
Protecting Lake Victoria’s top predator

Coordinated conservation measures to arrest the steep decline of stocks of Nile perch in Lake Victoria are showing encouraging results - for fish, if not for fishing communities around the lake. At the end of ... Read more...

03-09-2010
Africa: Huge Potential in Africa's Fisheries And Aquaculture Sectors

Booming business out of aquaculture is happening elsewhere in the world, compared to Africa where the sector is still at its infancy. But there is a wind of change blowing on the continent as African ... Read more...

03-09-2010
African fisheries must deal with threats, opportunities

The fisheries and aquaculture sectors are central to the survival of millions in Africa, but the resource is under threat, yet the region should exploit market possibilities. The African fishing sector, like any other primary sector, ... Read more...

01-09-2010
Southern Africa: Enviro Ministers to Discuss Benguela Current Commission

Pretoria — Ministers responsible for marine industries management and marine environment in South Africa, Namibia and Angola are to gather in Cape Town later this week for the 2nd Ministerial Conference of the Benguela Current ... Read more...

01-09-2010
Davison Makanga Interviews Mari-Lise Du Preez, Forests, Fisheries And Governance Expert

Fisheries contribute at least $10 billion dollars to African economies every year. In countries such as Angola, Egypt and Namibia, fisheries are vital economic drivers. Fisheries are also important for food security. Research published by the ... Read more...

31-08-2010
Fishermen want total enforcement of fisheries regulation

Members of the Ghana Inshore Fisheries Association (GIFA) have reiterated their call on the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure the total enforcement of the fisheries regulation. The regulation has banned the use of under-sized fishing nets ... Read more...

30-08-2010
Getting East Africa back on track

The World Bank has started a five-year series of initiatives that will lend financial support to sustainable fisheries development in Lake Victoria. David Hayes reports. Plans to develop sustainable freshwater capture fisheries in East Africa recently ... Read more...

27-08-2010
Afrique de l'Est: Mesures d'espoir pour l'avenir des perches du lac Victoria

Si la baisse des réserves de perches du Nil dans le lac Victoria n'est pas nouvelle, certaines politiques visant à l'endiguer donnent des résultats encourageants, même si les pêcheurs n'en sont pas encore satisfaits. En cette ... Read more...

11-08-2010
U.S. Coast Guard, Sierra Leone Law Enforcement Complete Joint-Maritime Exercise

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC 913), in partnership with a Sierra Leone Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), completed their African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations August 7, 2010. AMLEP is designed to build partner nation ... Read more...

10-08-2010
Illegal fishing continues to mar export volumes

Illegal fishing has continued to eat into the country’s export volumes and value. Because of the depletion of fish, especially the Nile Perch - a leading export species; the three governments of Uganda, Kenya and ... Read more...

09-08-2010
Sénégal: Pêche transnationale - Sénégalais et mauritaniens accordent leurs violons

Alignement des conditions d'accès aux ressources halieutiques, restitution des pirogues saisies et respect du protocole d'accord, tels sont les points saillants des discussions entre les deux pays, lors d'une visite du Ministre Khoureïchi Thiam, porteur ... Read more...

09-08-2010
Madagascar: L'octroi de licences de pêche et d'autorisations de collecte suspendu

Le ministère de la Pêche et des ressources halieutiques rectifie son tir. Après avoir délivré près de 1 500 licences de pêche et d'autorisations de collecte durant les cinq premiers mois de l'année, il a ... Read more...

07-08-2010
Madagascar: La pêche change de main

La situation évolue au service régional de la Pêche à Toliara. Gilbert François, le nouveau directeur régional de la Pêche et des ressources halieutiques de l'Atsimo Andrefana, a finalement occupé son nouveau bureau, hier. Il ... Read more...

07-08-2010
Uganda Business News: KCC impounds immature fish in Kampala markets

The leaders and law enforcement officers of Kampala City Council (KCC) has impounded immature fish worth over 700 million shillings from Kampala markets. The Mayor of Kampala, Hajji Nasser Sebaggala says the immature fish have been ... Read more...

06-08-2010
Madagascar: Des matériels de pêche brûlés

Mesure musclée au ministère de la Pêche et des ressources halieutiques (MPRH). Il vient d'effectuer à travers le Centre de surveillance de pêche (CSP) une opération de destruction de matériels de pêches saisis, dont l'utilisation ... Read more...

03-08-2010
Uganda: Thin Fish Stocks Remain on Edward

Kampala — Sorting the net for the next round of fishing, 74-year-old Stephen Mayanja is not so sure whether this time he is going to catch any fish. "Yesterday I went fishing but returned without any ... Read more...

01-08-2010
Angola: Chevron funds fishing activity in Cabinda

Cabinda - At least 3,000 fishermen in fishing communities of districts of Cabinda (headquarters) and Cacongo, northern Cabinda province have benefited from a fund estimated at USD 3 million for development of their fishing activity. The ... Read more...

28-07-2010
Africa: Nations Urged to Develop Maritime Ties

Johannesburg — AFRICAN governments need to take control of their own maritime assets and create a co-ordinated policy framework to drive economic development as well as secure the marine environment, urges a new discussion document ... Read more...

27-07-2010
Ghana: Gov't Urged to Pay More Attention to Fishing Industry

The National Chairman of the Lake Region Fishermen Association, Mr. Castro Mediale has appealed to the government to make conscious effort at revamping fishing activities, particularly in the inland sector. Mr. Mediale noted that when harnessed, ... Read more...

23-07-2010
Govt aims to strengthen fisheries cooperation with Cape Verde

Representatives from the Governments of Spain and Cape Verde have gathered in the African country to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation on fisheries.  The meeting was attended by the secretary general for the Sea's ... Read more...

22-07-2010
Côte d'Ivoire: Surveillance des eaux - Un Zodiac pour l'arrondissement maritime de San Pédro

Abidjan — L'arrondissement maritime de San Pedro vient de bénéficier d'un précieux outil de travail. Il s'agit d'un zodiac qui permet d'aller en mer traquer les bandits qui pillent les eaux ivoiriennes. Cet outil de ... Read more...

22-07-2010
Madagascar: Mahajanga - Un bateau étranger saisi et des matériels de pêche prohibés détruits

Une vulgarisation des textes réglementaires régissant le secteur de la pêche et leur mise en application ont eu lieu. Suite à une descente effectuée par le ministère de la Pêche avec l'équipe du Centre de Surveillance ... Read more...

21-07-2010
Liberian small-scale fishing industry gets organised

LIBERIAN artisanal fisheries communities are benefiting from a series of training interventions designed to help them organise themselves and produce higher quality fish. The training comes from an EU funded project, Strengthening Fisheries Products (SFP Module ... Read more...

20-07-2010
All change in Mauritania

Pieter Tesch finds the West African country is no longer willing to bow to pressure from European fishing giants. In future it wants to hold on to at least half its catch. A revolution is taking ... Read more...

16-07-2010
Afrique de l'Ouest: Pour une meilleure gestion des ressources halieutiques

Le Projet régional des pêches en Afrique de l'ouest (Prao) a été lancé hier, jeudi 15 juillet à Dakar, par Khoureychi Thiam, le ministre de l'Economie maritime. Ce projet d'un montant de 06 milliards de ... Read more...

15-07-2010
Sénégal: Pêche et environnement marin - Naissance d'un réseau d'information panafricain

Le Sénégal, à l'instar de 25 pays africains côtiers, participe activement au projet Réseau d'échanges de données et d'information océanographiques en Afrique (OdinAfrica) dont le démarrage officiel a eu lieu mercredi lors d'un atelier à ... Read more...

15-07-2010
Sénégal: Vers un plan national de reconstitution des ressources halieutiques (ministre)

Dakar — Un plan national de reconstitution des ressources halieutiques est "en cours d'élaboration" pour "faire face à la crise que connaît le secteur de la pêche", a indiqué jeudi à Dakar le ministre de ... Read more...

14-07-2010
Uganda: Government to revamp fishing sector

IN a bid to recoup over sh120b losses worth of exports incurred last year, the government is set to roll out a new fishing regime with a new statutory instrument. Among the measures aimed at restoring ... Read more...

10-07-2010
Tanzania: DC Condemns Use of Mosquito Bednets for Fishing

Arusha — Babati district authorities in Manyara region have set on fire nets which are illegally used for fishing in Lake Babati. Also burned were mosquito bednets which are said to be also used for ... Read more...

07-07-2010
Sénégal: Pris sans licence de pêche au large de Ndiago - Des pêcheurs sénégalais arrêtés par des gar

Deux pirogues venues de Saint-Louis ont été saisies dimanche dernier, au large de Ndiago, par les gardes-côtes mauritaniens et les membres de leurs équipages remis aux gendarmes. Le poste de Ndiago de la Délégation à la ... Read more...

07-07-2010
Sénégal: Pris sans licence de pêche au large de Ndiago - Des pêcheurs sénégalais arrêtés par des gar

Deux pirogues venues de Saint-Louis ont été saisies dimanche dernier, au large de Ndiago, par les gardes-côtes mauritaniens et les membres de leurs équipages remis aux gendarmes. Le poste de Ndiago de la Délégation à la ... Read more...

03-07-2010
Uganda: Fishing Industry Battles to Stay Afloat

Kampala — Pollution of the lake has not only affected water levels and colour but also the amount of fish caught from the lake. "These days fishermen come back home empty handed because the amount ... Read more...

02-07-2010
Afrique de l'Ouest: Les pays de la CSRP créent un réseau d'experts sur les accords de pêche

Dakar — Les pays membres de la Commission sous-régionale des pêches (CSRP) ont mis en place un réseau d'experts ouest africains sur les accords de pêche, destiné à appuyer et à renforcer leurs capacités en ... Read more...

30-06-2010
Tanzania company launches new project to save Nile Perch

MWANZA - Tanzania Fish Processors (TFP), has embarked on a one-year pilot project for sustainable fishing on Tanzania's side of Lake Victoria. The project that started in May this year, would educate the fishermen and fish ... Read more...

30-06-2010
Afrique: Surveillance des eaux des Etats côtiers - 5 pays renforcent leurs capacités

Améliorer les connaissances en surveillance satellitaire des eaux et s'imprégner des outils de la lutte contre la pêche illégale. C'est le sens du séminaire international sur la surveillance satellitaire des bâteaux de pêche dans la ... Read more...

30-06-2010
Afrique: Surveillance des eaux des Etats côtiers - 5 pays renforcent leurs capacités

Améliorer les connaissances en surveillance satellitaire des eaux et s'imprégner des outils de la lutte contre la pêche illégale. C'est le sens du séminaire international sur la surveillance satellitaire des bâteaux de pêche dans la ... Read more...

29-06-2010
Regional body calls for sustainable development, management of fisheries

APA-Nouakchott (Mauritania) The Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) has called for more resources for the preservation of marine biodiversity at the fifth forum of the regional forum for coastal and marine conservation programme for West Africa ... Read more...

29-06-2010
Afrique de l'Ouest: Préservation de la Biodiversité marine - La commission sous-régionale des pêches

Baisse des prises, taille réduite des individus capturés, raréfaction de certaines espèces dans les prises, etc. Voilà autant de phénomènes qui rendent compte de l'évolution inquiétante des stocks de poisson dans les côtes africaines qui ... Read more...

28-06-2010
AFRICOM and the Development of Sierra Leone

The development of economic prosperity and individual security will play an important role in Sierra Leone’s growth as a stable country. Through collaboration between the Sierra Leone government and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Sierra Leone ... Read more...

25-06-2010
Afrique: "Aider les petits pêcheurs à pêcher moins et à gagner plus"

-Les mesures sanitaires et phytosanitaires constituent un casse-tête pour les exportateurs africains de poissons, mais l'aide au commerce peut aider les petits pêcheurs à répondre à ces normes. Les produits de pêche provenant des pays africains, ... Read more...

24-06-2010
South Africa: Marginalised groups to gain by new state fishing policy

A BOLD government plan to overhaul the fishing industry policy to bring benefits to marginalised groups has been announced and is set to go to Parliament after the Fifa World Cup tournament for approval. While there ... Read more...

23-06-2010
Kenya: High Prices, Low Stocks Pull Fish Off the Menu

Nairobi — Fish has long been a delicacy for many Kenyans. And Lake Victoria was the never-depleted granary where fishermen would cast their nets and land a bumper catch. Not any more. The increased human population ... Read more...

23-06-2010
Scientific review: most high seas, deep sea fish unmanaged

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition today released a report at the United Nations which describes major shortcomings in the implementation of UN General Assembly resolutions designed to protect the deep-ocean from the destructive impact of ... Read more...

23-06-2010
Madagascar: Risque de surexploitation

En cinq mois, 1 500 licences de pêche ont été délivrées par l'Administration. Un chiffre sérieusement inquiétant pour une ressource déjà menacée. L'Administration a fait preuve d'une exemplaire célérité. Elle a délivré 1 500 licences de ... Read more...

22-06-2010
Pelagic pair trawl ban lifted in Mauritania

Mauritania has temporarily lifted its ban on pelagic pair trawling ban to make it attractive for Irish and Scottish pelagic refrigerated seawater (RWS) trawlers to target mackerel, horse mackerel, sardines and sardinella off northwest Africa. When ... Read more...

21-06-2010
South Africa: Limited Harvesting of Abalone to Resume Next Month

Johannesburg — THE government has lifted a two-year ban on commercial harvesting of abalone, which will benefit communities on the southwest and west coasts of the country that rely on the product for their survival. Agriculture, ... Read more...

21-06-2010
Africa: 'Help Small Fishers to Fish Less, Earn More'

Sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures are a headache for African fish exporters but aid for trade may help small-scale fisherpersons to meet these standards. Fish products from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries increasingly face quality-related standards and ... Read more...

20-06-2010
South Africa: New era for fisheries

Minister promises to help poor fishermen, stamp out coastal poaching The government has unveiled a radical plan to transform the fishing industry, including a forensic audit of the Department of Marine and Coastal Management. The plan ... Read more...

18-06-2010
Mozambique ends up with two IUU cases

Antillas Reefer forfeited to the Government of Mozambique and Payam released after paying fine In July 2008, the "Antillas Reefer" was arrested by the Mozambican authorities after it was observed fishing without a license off ... Read more...

18-06-2010
Sea Shepherd activists free hundreds of threatened bluefin tuna off Libya

Steve Irwin crew throws rotten butter during confrontation with Italian and Libyan fishermen over endangered bluefin catch Green activists using helicopters, divers and rotten butter yesterday confronted Libyan and Italian fishermen to release hundreds of threatened ... Read more...

15-06-2010
Spanish tuna vessel cited for IUU fishing

In a major crackdown on illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a notice of violation and assessment (NOVA) to the owner of a Spanish tuna fishing vessel. Albacora ... Read more...

15-06-2010
The African Union tackles illegal fishing in African waters

According to a recent report released by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the annual "turnover" of illegal and unreported fishing world wide amounts to 10 billion dollars. Driven by a growing demand from rich ... Read more...

15-06-2010
West African Fisherman Claim Foreign Trawlers Overfishing

Fishermen in West Africa say illegal fishing by European and Asian trawlers are depleting their stocks along the entire coast. Jeanson Djobo Anvran, the director of the agency that regulates fishing in the Ivory Coast, says ... Read more...

15-06-2010
Sénégal: Retard dans l'octroi des licences de pêche mauritanienne

Dégoulinant de sueur, ils ont été hier des milliers d'hommes, de femmes et d'enfants originaires du quartier de pêcheurs Guet-Ndar à battre le macadam dans les rues de Saint-Louis, en protestation contre le retard noté ... Read more...

11-06-2010
Mauritius: Why We Need a Maritime Strategy in the Indian Ocean

Port Louis — Navin Ramgoolam recently underlined the interplay between maritime safety and security (MSS) and the development in the sub-region. Mauritius could now use the Indian Ocean Commission to conduct an audit of the ... Read more...

11-06-2010
Tchad: Fin de l'interdiction d'exportation de poisson

Le gouvernement tchadien a levé une interdiction sur les exportations de poissons du Lac Tchad, reconnaissant les torts qu'elle avait causés à l'industrie de pêche locale. « Nous recevons de l'aide [pour la sécurité alimentaire], ... Read more...

10-06-2010
Chad government ends ban on fish exports

The Chad government has lifted a ban on the export of fish from Lake Chad, acknowledging the damage done to the local fishing industry. "We are getting help [with food security], which allows us to ... Read more...

06-06-2010
Global Tuna Fleets Face Deadline to Register, Obtain Unique Vessel Identifiers

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced its taking direct action in an effort to kick-start the creation a global registry of vessels authorized to fish for tuna, a process that has stalled in recent ... Read more...

06-06-2010
New agreement with the Republic of Seychelles

The Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Seychelles has just been renewed for a 3-year period starting in January 2011. Following the Joint Committee meeting held under Article 9 of the ... Read more...

04-06-2010
Morocco stalls EU-Sahara fisheries examination

Last year, the European Parliament stated that EU fisheries in Western Sahara would be illegal if the indigenous Saharawis were not consulted. But now, Morocco refuses EU parliament members to travel to the territory to ... Read more...

04-06-2010
MSC listens to its partners with policy changes.

Recent changes to the MSC’s fisheries certification methodology will improve how certifiers respond to stakeholder contributions to fishery assessments. Recent changes to the MSC’s fisheries certification methodology will improve how certifiers respond to stakeholder contributions to ... Read more...

03-06-2010
China vows to boost Sierra Leone's Fisheries sector

The head of a six-man delegation from the China National Agriculture Development Group Corporation Wu Xiangfeng has proposed the establishment of a Joint Fisheries co-operation between the Chinese National Fisheries Corporation and Sierra Leone Government. Speaking ... Read more...

02-06-2010
EC review of UN Fish Stocks Agreement

The European Union and other fishing nations from around the world met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York last week to assess the progress made in implementing the United Nations Convention on the ... Read more...

01-06-2010
Illegal fishing tops Madrid agenda

Following repeated criticism by Greenpeace for overfishing and flouting scientific evidence of stock levels, Spain’s leading fisheries officials signed an agreement late last week to stop illegal fishing, improve labeling, tighten product traceability and promote ... Read more...

01-06-2010
Hooking the high seas' fishing 'pirates'

It's time to close the net on fishing "pirates" who threaten to undermine vital marine ecosystems, says Karen Sack. Gaps in current international fisheries management and the failure to tackle IUU fishing are undermining the ... Read more...

01-06-2010
Illegal fishing: the facts

Many people know that the world's fish stocks are running out. But less well known are the reasons behind this. Illegal fishing not only threatens the world's fish, but also affects the lives of coastal communities ... Read more...

01-06-2010
MSC responds to questions about Antarctic krill certification

Last weeks announcement of MSC certification of a portion of the Antarctic krill fishery attracted criticism from the Pew Environment Group. In particular, Pew questioned MSC rules that allow for the certification of a portion ... Read more...

01-06-2010
Reviewing an important governance tool for fisheries in the high seas - the United Nations Fish Stoc

The EU and other fishing nations from around the world met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York last week to assess the progress made in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Conservation ... Read more...

31-05-2010
Uganda: Nile Perch Stock in Lake Victoria Recovering Slowly, After Fishing Ban

Nairobi — The Nile Perch stock in Lake Victoria is slowly recovering after Kenya and Tanzania banned fishing in their territorial waters to foreign fishermen. John Mgufuli, Tanzania's Minister for Livestock and Fisheries said the stock ... Read more...

31-05-2010
Fishermen on Lake Victoria to pay fee

Fishermen on Lake Victoria will soon start paying fees to be allowed to ply their trade on the water body. This is one of the ways that a joint fisheries ministers meeting between the three countries ... Read more...

28-05-2010
Namibia: Hope for Falling Fish Stocks

Windhoek — The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has compiled findings of a new landmark report entitled the Green Economy which will address the falling fish stocks. According to the executive director of the United Nations ... Read more...

28-05-2010
Namibia: FOA Helps Combat Illegal Activities in Line with Its Mandate

Windhoek — The Fisheries Observer Agency (FOA) has contributed tremendously to the elimination of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) activities, chief executive officer, Hafeni Mungungu has said. The agency compliments the monitoring, control and surveillance ... Read more...

28-05-2010
Nigeria: Experts canvass fishing quota to check depletion

Fishing experts are pushing for quotas to limit the number of fishes an individual may take based on harvests from the previous year. This is to preserve existing stocks. In an interview with The Nation, Prof. ... Read more...

28-05-2010
Namibia: Fishing industry efficiently regulated

“This is implemented mainly by limiting the number of vessels licensed to fish in Namibian waters, setting regulations regarding the types of fishing gear vessels may use and by restricting the time of year fishing ... Read more...

28-05-2010
Afrique: "L'UE subventionne des organisations coupables de pêche illégale"

L'Union européenne a pendant des années accordé des subventions à hauteur d'un milliard d'euros par an à des sociétés de pêche industrielle basées dans ses Etats membres, y compris aux sociétés qui ont été prises ... Read more...

27-05-2010
Ile Maurice: Nicolas Von-Mally signe un accord pour contrôler la pêche au chalut

Port Louis — Un accord visant à promouvoir le Seafood Hub, à Maurice. C'est ce que souhaite le ministre de la pêche, Nicolas Von-Mally. Le ministère de la Pêche a signé un accord avec la Southern ... Read more...

27-05-2010
Ile Maurice: Secteur de la pêche - Ne pas noyer le poisson

Port Louis — Le dossier de la pêche a été confié à un ministre venant d'une île où cette activité a une immense valeur symbolique. C'est l'occasion d'interroger quelques acteurs quant à leurs attentes. «On nous ... Read more...

25-05-2010
Guinée: La pêche illégale dans les eaux guinéennes, "la pire au monde"

La pêche illégale endémique est en train de toucher plus durement certains des pays les plus pauvres d'Afrique occidentale puisque cette pratique est globalement la plus répandue dans la région du centre-est de l'océan Atlantique. Cette ... Read more...

24-05-2010
Africa: 'EU Subsidises Companies Guilty of Illegal Fishing

The European Union has for years been paying subsidies to the tune of one billion euro annually to industrial fishing companies based in its member states, including companies that have been caught fishing illegally in ... Read more...

24-05-2010
Conference on saving world's fish stocks opens at UN headquarters

A five-day conference on fish conservation opened at United Nations Headquarters in New York today amid warnings that three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are in distress and nearing depletion while marine ecosystems continue ... Read more...

22-05-2010
Angola: Government Bans Mackerel and Sardine Fishing

Luanda — The Angolan government on Friday banned the fishing of mackerel and sardine unitil the end of the year following the need to protect some species in danger of extinction. On the other hand, the ... Read more...

21-05-2010
Ports 'failing to halt illegal fishing'

IUU fishing is a global problem needing a global solution, the study says Global measures to regulate the fishing industry lack the capability to tackle illegal catches, warn researchers. Writing in the journal Science, they ... Read more...

21-05-2010
Kenya: Fishing Restrictions Bring Better Catches

Closing fishing areas and regulating the use of fishing gear can result in more profitable catches that boost fishermen's incomes, according to a study. The conclusion has emerged from a long-term investigation in Kenya on the ... Read more...

18-05-2010
Madagascar: «Atsantsa» réprime la pêche illicite

Lors du contrôle effectué par l'équipe du Centre de surveillance des pêches à bord du patrouilleur «Atsantsa » aux abords du Cap Saint Sébastien, la semaine dernière, une petite embarcation en bois long de 6m ... Read more...

14-05-2010
South Africa: You could be eating shark meat

You could be eating shark meat and not even know it. South African fish shops are selling unlabelled or mislabelled shark products, which poses a threat to these endangered species and the unaware shoppers, according to ... Read more...

13-05-2010
Uganda: 30 held over illegal fishing on Lake Victoria

About 30 fishers have been arrested today morning by police and officials from the ministry of fisheries after they were found carrying out illegal fishing on Lake Victoria in Kalangala district.The LCI chairperson of Buyigi ... Read more...

13-05-2010
Algérie: Strictes modalités pour la pêche au thon rouge

Allger — L'Algérie a interdit à tout navire battant pavillon national de s'associer avec des opérateurs étrangers durant la prochaine campagne de pêche de thon rouge dans sa zone exclusive, dans un décret ministériel paru ... Read more...

13-05-2010
Uganda: 30 held over illegal fishing on Lake Victoria

About 30 fishers have been arrested today morning by police and officials from the ministry of fisheries after they were found carrying out illegal fishing on Lake Victoria in Kalangala district. The LCI chairperson of Buyigi ... Read more...

13-05-2010
Algérie: Les conditions sont publiées au dernier Journal officiel - La pêche au thon rouge réglement

"Les opérations de pêche conjointe au thon rouge avec des navires battant pavillon étranger dans les eaux sous juridiction nationale sont interdites." C'est ce que stipule l'article 22 de l'arrêté ministériel publié au dernier Journal officiel ... Read more...

08-05-2010
Rwanda gets 25 ships to fight illegal fishing

Kigali, Rwanda - Rwandan police and army have obtained 25 fast ships to fight illegal fishing in the country's lakes following the introduction of new species of fish, tilapia, in its waters, official sources told ... Read more...

07-05-2010
Independent Adjudicator Orders Reconsideration of MSC Certification of Ross Sea Toothfish Fishery:

Today the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) Independent Adjudicator, Michael Lodge, remanded the proposed MSC certification of the Ross Sea Antarctic toothfish fishery back to the certifier, Moody Marine, for major reconsideration. The adjudicator's determination results ... Read more...

06-05-2010
Rwanda: Police, RDF Receive Speed Boats

Bugesera — The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, handed over 25 boats worth Rwf 346m to Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) to be used by marines of the two institutions ... Read more...

05-05-2010
Abalone poaching a ’global problem’

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department says illegal abalone poachers are still stripping the seas. Last year a blanket ban was imposed to stop fishing the dwindling perlemoen resources. President Jacob Zuma visited the Hawston fishing community ... Read more...

04-05-2010
Nigeria: FG Set to Extend Maritime Boundary

The National Boundary Commission has disclosed its plans to extend Nigeria's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) by 150 nautical miles. Alhaji Sadiq Diggi, Director General of the Commission who disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja, said the ... Read more...

04-05-2010
Mauritania: Two-month biological shutdown begins

Industrial fishing vessels that work in Mauritania waters will have to suspend their activities until late June, in accordance with the two-month biological shutdown arranged by the Ministry of Fisheries. The Mauritanian fisheries authorities plan a ... Read more...

03-05-2010
Illegal fishing in Mozambique leads to annual losses of US$35 million

Maputo– Mozambique annually loses US$35 million due to illegal fishing in its territorial waters, said the country’s Fisheries Minister, Victor Borges, cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias. “There are no exact figures, but we estimate annual losses ... Read more...

03-05-2010
Zambia: Fisheries Dept Accused Over Lake Tanganyika

MPULUNGU District Council secretary Ernest Sumani has accused the fisheries department in the district of contributing to the depletion of fish stocks in Lake Tanganyika. Mr Sumani said the fish in the lake was being depleted ... Read more...

30-04-2010
Sénégal: Accord de pêche - Vers une nécessaire révision

Une rencontre en vu de modifier l'accord de pêche Sénégal/Guinée-Bissau s'est ouverte avant-hier, 28 avril, à Dakar. Les experts des deux pays ont discuté pendant deux jours sur les points chauds de l'exploitation des ressources ... Read more...

29-04-2010
More countries back treaty to deter illegal fishing

Rome - Five more nations have signed the FAO-brokered treaty that once it enters into force will deny access to fishing ports to ships involved in illegal fishing. The new signatories include: Australia (27/04/2010), Gabon (26/04/2010), ... Read more...

29-04-2010
kenya: Tough EU rules threaten Kenya fish exports

Exporters are finding it more difficult to push fish consignments into leading international markets owing to more stringent requirements, a new survey shows. In what may raise an immediate concern for Kenyan fish dealers eyeing such ... Read more...

29-04-2010
Sénégal: Accord de pêche - Bissau prêt à accueillir les bateaux sénégalais

Le secrétaire d'Etat bissau-guinéen en charge de la pêche a réitéré hier la ferme volonté de son pays à travailler pour le renforcement de la coopération avec le Sénégal dans le domaine de la pêche. ... Read more...

28-04-2010
Sénégal: Bissau prête à accueillir les bateaux sénégalais

La Guinée-Bissau est disposée à "assurer la présence des bateaux de pêches sénégalais" dans son espace maritime, dans le cadre général du renforcement de sa coopération halieutique avec le Sénégal, a déclaré mercredi à Dakar ... Read more...

23-04-2010
Pêche - Renforcement des sanctions financières contre les contrevenants étrangers et tunisiens

Tunis — Dans le but de mettre un terme aux infractions commises dans les eaux territoriales tunisiennes par des unités de pêche étrangères et tunisiennes et d'assurer la pérennité des richesses halieutiques surtout à la ... Read more...

23-04-2010
Tunisia: Parliament Adopts Draft Bill to Curb Illegal Fishing

Tunis — The House of Advisors adopted on Thursday at le Bardo, the draft bill amending fishery activities. The amendment aims at preventing illegal fishing activities carried out in Tunisian territorial waters and ensuring the ... Read more...

22-04-2010
NGO accuses Galicia of subsidising 'fishing pirates'

The conservation organisation Oceana has condemned the Xunta de Galicia for granting EUR 4.02 million in subsidies to fishing pirates. According to the NGO, the European Commission (EC) denies any direct responsibility for the issuing of ... Read more...

21-04-2010
Somalis Capture Illegal Fishing Vessels While Highly Paid Watchmen Are Sleeping

It appears that the EU NAVFOR command deliberately withheld the confirmation of a sea-jacking of three Thai fishing vessels. The EU Naval Force confirmed only today, Tuesday, that suspected Somali pirates hijacked three Thailand-flagged fishing vessels, ... Read more...

21-04-2010
Madagascar: Un nouveau commandant pour « Antsantsa »

Le bateau de surveillance de pêche des côtes « Atsantsa » a un nouveau commandant depuis vendredi 16 avril. Il s'agit du capitaine de frégate Honoré Ga Jacky. La passation de service s'était effectuée à ... Read more...

20-04-2010
12 die from eating poisoned fish in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN — Twelve people have died after eating fish from a river in southern Sierra Leone which is believed to have been poisoned by fishermen using toxic herbs to stun their catch, officials said Wednesday. "Most ... Read more...

20-04-2010
Madagascar: Association des pêcheurs artisanaux de Toamasina Tazara - Publication de la liste des ba

Le ministère de la Pêche et des ressources halieutiques joue la transparence. À la suite d'une idée lancée par l'association des pêcheurs artisanaux de Toamasina Tazara, ce département envisage de procéder à une large diffusion ... Read more...

19-04-2010
East Africa: 'Where Have All the Nile Perch Gone?' Ask Govt

Nairobi — Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have failed to manage Lake Victoria, leading to a sharp decline of its most valued species, the Nile Perch. Fish processors contend that while they have instituted self-regulation measures to ... Read more...

16-04-2010
Liberia: EPA Warns Local Fishermen With African Herbs

The Environmental Protection Agency in Harper had discovered the usage of harmful traditional African herb by fishermen and farmers in rural Maryland and Grand Kru Counties. EPA inspector Samuel Nagbe told The Informer Newspaper in Harper ... Read more...

15-04-2010
Madagascar: Cri d'alerte des pêcheurs artisanaux

Les pêcheurs artisanaux de Toamasina craignent sur l'avenir de leur métier. La baisse des captures et l'absence de l'appui de l'État menacent leur activité. L'inquiétude monte chez les pêcheurs artisanaux de Toamasina. La capture de poissons ... Read more...

13-04-2010
Sierra Leone: Fake Inspectors at Water Quay

Freetown — The frequenting of what now appears to be fake inspectors at the country's main seaport has become a cause for concern for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the government as a ... Read more...

12-04-2010
Kenya: Fishermen Divided over Adoption of Ring Net

Nairobi — As a light aircraft overflies the picturesque Watamu peninsula in Malindi, a gang of about 40 fishermen pulls a large net from the sea. Nothing out of the ordinary to the observers on the ... Read more...

12-04-2010
Senegal:APS Fisheries Management Workshop Helps African Nations

DAKAR, Senegal – Members of an Italian Navy Mobile Training Team conducted a fisheries management workshop for 15 sailors from Cape Verde, The Gambia, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone here, April 10, aboard USS Gunston ... Read more...

08-04-2010
Africa: Watch Out - Newest Threat is Now Fish Grabbing

Addis Ababa — Africa has failed to protect its water territory not only along the Somalia Coast but also in west and south. This failure has caused massive exploitation and fish grabbing from Africa by the ... Read more...

08-04-2010
Angola: Le Gouvernant annonce le renforcement de la patrouille maritime à Benguela

Lobito (angola) — Le ministre de l'Agriculture, Développement Rural et Pêche, Afonso Pedro Canga, a déclaré mercredi, à Benguela, que son secteur renforcerait les mesures de contrôle des eaux maritimes angolaises, avec l'entrée en activité ... Read more...

08-04-2010
Angola: Minister Announces Reinforcement of Maritime Patrol

Lobito — The minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Afonso Pedro Canga, said on Wednesday in the central Benguela Province that his sector will strengthen the inspection measures of the Angolan maritime waters, with ... Read more...

06-04-2010
Algeria: Fishermen caught for illegal fishing if bluefin tuna

Illegal fishing of bluefin tuna has put 4 Algerians and 5 Turks behind bars, confirms a report.  Court of Annaba has delivered its verdict sending four Algerians, including two officials of the Department of Fisheries ... Read more...

06-04-2010
WWF applauds new marine conservation push in coastal East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya:  Ministers and officials from ten countries and territories in East Africa yesterday endorsed or signed off on a potentially far-reaching protocol to protect East Africa’s coastal and marine environment from land-based activities and ... Read more...

05-04-2010
MSC certification of Ross Sea toothfish challenged

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) has opposed the proposed Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the Ross Sea Antarctic toothfish fishery. In December 2009 ASOC submitted a formal objection to the proposed certification of ... Read more...

04-04-2010
Fishermen back efforts to resolve Migingo dispute

Fishermen on Migingo in Lake Victoria on Sunday supported fresh efforts by Kenya and Uganda to determine the ownership of the island. They said the dispute was hindering growth in the fishing industry in the ... Read more...

04-04-2010
Fishermen back efforts to resolve Migingo dispute

Fishermen on Migingo in Lake Victoria on Sunday supported fresh efforts by Kenya and Uganda to determine the ownership of the island. They said the dispute was hindering growth in the fishing industry in the ... Read more...

31-03-2010
Afrique de l'Ouest: Pillage des ressources par la pêche illicite (inn) - Plus de 1000 milliards de p

La célébration lundi de l'anniversaire de la Commission sous-régionale des pêches a été l'occasion pour cette organisation de susciter la réflexion autour de la problématique de la lutte contre la pêche illicite (INN), un fléau ... Read more...

31-03-2010
Mozambique: Fishermen Arrested for Hunting Turtles

Maputo — Eight fishermen have been arrested in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula for the illegal hunting of turtles, reports Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". All species of marine turtles are endangered, and ... Read more...

31-03-2010
Nigeria: NAF Receives Aircraft for Maritime Surveillance

Benin — THE second ART-42 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (NAF 931) purchased by the Federal Government for the surveillance of the nation's maritime and coastal region was yesterday delivered to the 81, Air Maritime Group in ... Read more...

31-03-2010
Afrique: "En 2048, il y aura plus de poissons"

Présent en Afrique depuis 1980, le bateau Arctic Sunrise avec à son bord, les membres de Greenpeace mènent une campagne de sensibilisation sur les dangers qui peuvent entraîner la raréfaction ou plus tard la disparition ... Read more...

31-03-2010
Madagascar: Pêche pour la filière crevette - Une hausse des captures envisagée

Le gouvernement envisage de lever la limitation de l'effort de pêche pour la filière crevette. Une mesure qui intervient dans un contexte de crise. L'horizon est encore sombre pour la filière crevette. La campagne 2010 vient ... Read more...

31-03-2010
Gambia fights against Illegal Fishing

The Gambia's Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources, Lamin Kaba Bajo has said fighting illegal fishing was the only viable alternative to ensuring the sustainability of fishing stock in the sub-region. He said this during ... Read more...

30-03-2010
Sub-regional cooperation needed for sustainable fisheries resources

Hon. Lamin Kaba Bajo, The Gambia’s minister of Fisheries and Water Resources has called for sub regional cooperation in the fight against illegal fishing, saying that this is the only viable alternative to ensuring the ... Read more...

30-03-2010
Tunisia: In High Demand, Blue Fish Stocks Soar

Tunis — With an overall production of 100, 000 tons totaling 350 million dinars, Tunisia's fisheries sector contributes up to 10% in the value of the Tunisian agricultural production and 1, 1% in the country's ... Read more...

29-03-2010
Tanzania to earn $200 m from Tuna fish

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – Tanzania expects to earn $200 million annually from tuna fish following a fishing agreement last week in Dar es Salaam with a Japanese fishing association. Tanzania signed a one year deep ... Read more...

29-03-2010
Afrique de l'Ouest: L'Afrique occidentale subsaharienne perd 49 milliards à cause de la pêche illici

Dakar — Les pêches illicites non déclarées et non réglementées (IIN) représenteraient plus de 50 % de la valeur des prises opérées par les Etats côtiers de l'Afrique occidentale subsaharienne qui perdent ainsi en termes ... Read more...

29-03-2010
Sierra Leone: Parliament Wants Cheating Fishing Companies Punished

Freetown — Deputy Majority Leader of Parliament has urged the government to take punitive action against companies that violate the fishing regulations by using the country's resources for their selfish interest. Contribution to the debate ... Read more...

28-03-2010
Tanzania: Kigamboni Villagers All Out to Curb Dynamite Fishing

Dar Es Salaam — Two villages in Dar es Salaam's Kigamboni suburb have formed beach management units that involve all residents as watchdogs, a move aimed at intensifying efforts to curb dynamite fishing in the ... Read more...

26-03-2010
Burkina Faso: Pour une pêche responsable

Des acteurs de la filière poisson se sont retrouvés, hier jeudi 25 mars 2010 à Ouagadougou pour discuter de l'avenir de la filière poisson. Ces dernières années, l'on a constaté un relâchement des efforts de protection ... Read more...

26-03-2010
Artisanal Fisheries Project Improves Livelihoods in Angola

With a coastline stretching 1,650 km, Angola is rich in marine fisheries resources. The country's fisheries sector is potentially one of its most economically viable industries and currently ranks third after oil and diamond mining. ... Read more...

25-03-2010
Kenya: Sharp Drop in Lake Victoria Fish

Nairobi — A fish shortage is looming in Lake Victoria. Scientists and Fisheries Development Ministry officials say the Nile perch population is dwindling at an alarming rate. Fisheries minister Paul Otuoma told a workshop in Kisumu ... Read more...

25-03-2010
Mauritanie: Clôture des travaux de la commission mixte sur les AP de pêche avec l'UE

Les travaux de la commission mixte sur les accords de partenariat de pêche entre la Mauritanien et l'Union Européenne ont été clôturés jeudi soir dans les locaux du ministère de la pêche et de l'Economie ... Read more...

25-03-2010
East Africa to clean Lake Victoria

The three East African countries that share Lake Victoria have embarked on joint efforts to raise sh3.8b to clean the lake. The director of animal husbandry in the agriculture ministry, Dr William Olaho-Mukani, said the move ... Read more...

24-03-2010
AFRICA: Illegal Fishing in Guinea’s Waters "Worst in the World"

Rampant illegal fishing is hitting some of the poorest West African countries the hardest as this practice is globally most rife in the east central Atlantic Ocean area, which covers the territorial waters of some ... Read more...

24-03-2010
West Africa to set-up Confederation of Small-Scale Fishery Agency

Small-Scale Fishery Agency - Participants from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Mauritania and The Gambia, have agreed to set-up the West African Confederation of Small-Scale Fishery and Aqua-culture Professional Organization. The decision was taken ... Read more...

24-03-2010
Uganda: Fishermen, officials clash over illegal nets in Kibaale

FISHERMEN at Kitebere landing site in Kibaale district on Lake Albert have clashed with officials from the fisheries ministry over the destruction of illegal nets. The incident, which took place last week, started when the officials ... Read more...

23-03-2010
Mauritania, EU review fisheries agreement

Representatives of the government of Mauritania and the European Union (EU) have started to review the application of the fisheries agreement between the two parties, which came into force two years ago. The work of the ... Read more...

22-03-2010
Bad news for sharks and Atlantic bluefin tuna

The UN CITES commission came to some surprising decisions this week after they overturned proposals to both control shark fisheries and to ban fishing of the endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). The UN CITES conference ... Read more...

19-03-2010
Senegal's fishermen fight crisis

Wherever you go in Senegal, fish is always on the menu.But not only is it an important part of the diet here - it's a crucial way of people making a living. In the small ... Read more...

15-03-2010
US Government Donates Boats To Ghana

The United States of America Government yesterday donated four CNS Defender Class Patrol Boats to the Ghana Navy. This brings to seven the total number of such boats the US Government has donated to the ... Read more...

12-03-2010
Mozambique: Mozambican Customs Seize Smuggled Abalone

Maputo — Mozambican customs officers on Monday seized over two tonnes of Abalone, smuggled into the country from South Africa. Abalone are highly prized mollusks. In 2008, the price for South African abalone meat was 40 ... Read more...

12-03-2010
Nigeria: Nimasa Partners U.S. Navy On Surveillance

Lagos — The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is partnering with the United States Navy in monitoring vessels within and outside the Nigerian waters. The Director General of NIMASA, Mr Temisan Omatseye, said this ... Read more...

11-03-2010
Uganda: Districts to Lease Lakes to Individuals

Kampala — The fisheries ministry is drafting a policy to allow districts to lease lakes, state minister Fred Mukisa has disclosed. Mukisa said the districts will lease the lakes for a specified period of time to ... Read more...

11-03-2010
When Crime Pays: How the EU subsidises illegal fishing

Fishsubsidy.org today publishes a list of 42 convictions of fishing vessel owners that have also received EU subsidies under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The study, which focuses on two major EU fishing nations, Spain ... Read more...

11-03-2010
US Navy’s Africa partnership sows self-reliance

NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — When the USS Gunston Hall arrives in Ghana this week to lead the Africa Partnership Station, it joins a program that has changed dramatically since the U.S. Navy formed the ... Read more...

10-03-2010
Indian Ocean commission improves shark protection measures

Steps were taken by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) at its 14th annual meeting last week for the protection of the fish stocks in the Indian Ocean, such as tropical tunas and sharks. Conservation ... Read more...

10-03-2010
Uganda: Sh500 Billion for Lake Victoria Conservation

Kampala — A total of sh500b has been allocated to the conservation of Lake Victoria. The project was launched by the East African Community Lake Victoria Basin Commission. It will strengthen the institutional capacity for ... Read more...

09-03-2010
Unprecedented progress in protection of Indian Ocean fish stocks

Strides forward were made last week by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission for the protection of the fish stocks in the Indian Ocean, such as tropical tunas and shark stocks. The parties agreed among others on ... Read more...

09-03-2010
Uganda:Illegal fishing gear destroyed on Lake George

OVER 1,200 illegal fishing nets and 34 boats worth sh100m have been destroyed by the fisheries ministry and the beach management unit officials on the shores of Lake George. The operation was conducted on Hamukungu landing ... Read more...

08-03-2010
We're still listening - MCM

Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) says it will keep discussing proposed fishing tariff hikes with affected parties before making recommendations to Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. MCM spokesman Xolile Nqayi said although the deadline ... Read more...

07-03-2010
East Africa: 'Farm Fish to Increase Stock'

Kampala — People living around Lake Victoria should practice fish farming to increase fish stocks, Diodorus Kamala, the Tanzanian minister for East African Community (EAC) affairs, has said. "Fish farming can be one of the interventions ... Read more...

01-03-2010
In Sierra Leone, World Bank Team Assures Fisheries Minister

A Senior Natural Resources Management Specialists from the World Bank, John Virdin, has assured the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Haja Afsatu Kabba of the bank’s commitment to ensuring that the US$20M (Twenty Million ... Read more...

27-02-2010
Tanzania: Country Gets Aid to Curb Piracy On Lake Victoria

Dar Es Salaam — Lake Victoria waters could become a safer body to work on following the financial assistance of $4m to build a marine police training facility and provision of patrol boats. The Government announced ... Read more...

27-02-2010
Morocco: What Fish May Do for Western Sahara

Brussels — Legal advice stating that European vessels have no justification to fish off Western Sahara - a territory occupied by Morocco - has provoked a row between the main political institutions in Brussels. Under the ... Read more...

22-02-2010
Sierra Leone's President Watches 'Dirty Fish' Documentary at State Lodge

 President Koroma, last Friday February 19th 2010, in the Credentials Room of the Presidential Lodge, has played host to Duncan Copeland of Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) alongside European Union’s Consultant attached to the Ministry of ... Read more...

18-02-2010
Nigeria : Country Debunks IMB Report on Pirate Attacks

THE Federal Government through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has opposed the verdict of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) which rated Nigeria as the second most pirate-prone country in the world. Opposing IMB's ... Read more...

16-02-2010
Ship operating in illegal waters arrested by Ghanaian Navy

The Western Naval Command (WNC) has arrested four Chinese and 25 Ghanaians for fishing within illegal waters.     Their names were not given and would appear before court soon.     The vessels involved are "Awo Yaa Two ... Read more...

16-02-2010
Indian Ocean stocks hit by illegal fishing

Four Iranian fishing boats are anchored at the Seychelles port of Victoria in detention for illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean, where the offence is depriving regional states of a key revenue source. The boats, seized ... Read more...

11-02-2010
Somali Pirates Letting Illegal Fishing Run Wild?

A new article just out in New Scientist suggests that the lawless seas off the coast of Somalia may be in serious environmental danger, as pirates allow fishermen to resort to destructive, unregulated fishing practices. Typically, ... Read more...

08-02-2010
Illegal fishing kills 20,000 jobs in Nigeria

 Illegal fishing is costing African countries some $1billion annually out of the $100 billion lost by the whole world.  Added to this, no fewer than 20,000 Nigerians are jobless due to illegal fishing and sea ... Read more...

08-02-2010
Seychelles: Companies Push Hard to Halt Tuna Collapse

Victoria — In the Seychelles' only cannery, the din of thousands of empty tuna cans rattling on narrow metal troughs is incredible as they bustle along, soon to be filled with Skipjack tuna that only ... Read more...

07-02-2010
Kenyan Seaman From Illegal Taiwanese Vessel Dies in Tanzania Prison

Ecoterra reports sources in Kenya Wednesday indicate that one of the 3 Kenyan crew of FV TAWARIQ-4 died under mysterious circumstances in a Tanzanian prison. The Taiwanese fishing vessel FV TAWARIQ-4 was captured last year for ... Read more...

04-02-2010
Mozambique Fishing Vessel Seized By Somali Pirates

The small Mozambique-flagged 150 to FV VEGA 5, which was previously reported missing by her owner, is now confirmed as being pirated in the waters between Mozambique and Madagascar with 14 crew held hostage. At ... Read more...

04-02-2010
Mozambique Fishing Vessel Seized By Somali Pirates

The small Mozambique-flagged 150 to FV VEGA 5, which was previously reported missing by her owner, is now confirmed as being pirated in the waters between Mozambique and Madagascar with 14 crew held hostage. At ... Read more...

28-01-2010
EU assists Sierra Leone in its fight against

The European Union (EU) recently passed a new EU Regulation on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, which entered into force on 1st January 2010. All countries, which export fishery products to EU Member States ... Read more...

28-01-2010
Liberia: Where have all the fish gone?

A group of citizens recently visited a town near Monrovia with the sole purpose of buying fish. Without any doubt, they were certain of finding fish to buy. Unfortunately, there was not a scale along the ... Read more...

27-01-2010
Somali fishermen in great danger

Fishermen in Eyl, an ancient town in the northern Somalia’s Puntland state are voicing concerns over illegally fishing vessels that are looting natural resources and destroying thier equipments.  In an interview with Radio Garowe, Saed ... Read more...

27-01-2010
Uganda: Gloomy State of Fish Sector

Kampala — Uganda has over 160 productive lakes but only five are utilised Lake Victoria is choking. Increased human activity, illegal fishing and industrial pollution are threatening the world's second largest fresh water body.  "The ruinous activities ... Read more...

27-01-2010
Ghana: Light Fishing Still Going On

Tema — Fishermen and fishmongers at the Tema Fishing Harbour landing beach have expressed their anxiety over fishermen who continue to use light to fish, even though they know that the practice is prohibited.They have ... Read more...

27-01-2010
Overcoming Poverty Can Support Peace in Sierra Leone, Zoellick Says

 Freetown, 27 January 2010 – Overcoming poverty in Sierra Leone will be important for consolidating its peace because conflict had inflicted a heavy toll on infrastructure, basic services and traditional job-generating sectors like agriculture and ... Read more...

26-01-2010
Ghana: MOFA to enforce the Fisheries Act

Tema, Jan 26, GNA - Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), on Monday said that MOFA would enforce the Fisheries Act to bring sanity to the fishing industry in the country. He said ... Read more...

26-01-2010
Pollution, poisoned fish from Lake Victoria risk to life

INCREASING pollution of Lake Victoria and fish caught with poison in it, have put at risk the lives of thousands of people living in the lake's basin. Thousands of lives of the residents in the ... Read more...

25-01-2010
Sierra Leone: Illegal Fishing Costs Salone $29M

Duncan Coplan, Chief Campaigner of the Environmental Justice Foundation, has revealed that Sierra Leone is loses over twenty-nine million US dollars annually as a result of illicit fishing activities going on in the territorial waters. ... Read more...

24-01-2010
Ghana: Minister calls on Fishermen to register their vessels

The Fisheries Act 625 of 2002 requires all fishing vessels including artisanal canoes, to be registered and to bear the markings of identity, Nii Amasa Naamoale, Deputy Minister of Agriculture in charge of Fisheries, has ... Read more...

23-01-2010
Reeling in EU Fishing

The EU struggles to find a fairer system for fishing in Europe In an effort to preserve declining fishing stocks, in 2001 the European Commission ruled almost 400 square kilometers of waters off-limits to fishermen. Closing ... Read more...

22-01-2010
Zanzibar leaves its tuna share for Dar consumers

ZANZIBAR failed to fetch its share of tuna fish from Dar es Salaam, the isle's State Minister, Chief Miniser's Office, Mr Hamza Hassan Juma confirmed today. Mr Juma said the failure came from the isle's ... Read more...

21-01-2010
Ghana & US Naval Operations in Africa

Africa Partnership Station (APS): Vice Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. Deputy Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa held a media round table at the Washington Foreign Press Center to highlight the activities of the US led ... Read more...

20-01-2010
M&S, WWF launch sustainable fish campaign

Marks & Spencer Supermarkets has signed the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Seafood Charter meant to promote responsible fishing. This is the first UK company to sign, and it has printed full page newspaper ads to ... Read more...

20-01-2010
Uganda to Produce 320,000 Tons of Farmed Fish

Kampala — IN the next two to three years, Uganda aims at producing 320,000 tonnes of farmed fish per annum, the state minister for fisheries, Fred Mukisa, has said. He was speaking to stakeholders in the ... Read more...

19-01-2010
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza Announces New Government

Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Saturday appointed former Education Minister Aires Ali as Prime Minister in his new government. The appointment comes two days after Guebuza was sworn into his second term of office, ... Read more...

17-01-2010
Give out Magufuli fish for free: Pinda orders

Minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries John Magufuli shows yesterday, Prime Minister Pinda part of the consignment of fish seized from an international trawler and preserved at Bahari Seas Foods storage facility in Mwenge, Dar ... Read more...

16-01-2010
Tanzania: Firm challenges Minister's order

Fishnet Company director Sheinaz Halari, has filed an application at the High Court seeking an order to quash a directive issued by the minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries, Dr John Magufuli, to destroy fishing ... Read more...

16-01-2010
Tanzania: Acquittal of 2 dynamite fishermen raises concern

A fisheries official has expressed dismay over a court ruling that set free two suspects accused of fishing using dynamite on account of the suspects ignorance of the law. The head of the fisheries enforcement ... Read more...

16-01-2010
Tz to earn $200m from Tuna exports

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - Tanzania expects to earn $200 million annually from tuna fish following a fishing agreement last week in Dar es Salaam with a Japanese fishing association. Tanzania signed a one year deep ... Read more...

15-01-2010
’Illegal fishing method degrades our species’’- Afsatu Kabba

 The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) Haja Afsatu Kabba has told a gathering of international and local stakeholders that illegal fishing methods in Sierra Leone has led to the degradation of our water ... Read more...

14-01-2010
State of the fishing industry in Ghana

Unsustainable fishing practices and declining catches are forcing Ghana to start importing fish Declining catches are devastating Ghana’s fishing industry. They have been falling since the mid-1980s destroying the livelihoods of the 2 million-strong workforce. The ... Read more...

14-01-2010
Lake Victoria: Kenya fisherman haverst sand instead of fish

Fish catches at Lake Victoria have declined, due to increased population pressure on the resource, too many people exploiting the resource, use of illegal gears and climate chage affecting the ecology of the lake. Today ... Read more...

14-01-2010
Morocco calls on relieving fishermen from strict EU measures

RABAT, Jan 14 (KUNA) -- Moroccan authorities called on Spain and the EU to come up with a solution for hurdles of which Moroccan fishermen are facing due to the implementation of EU's fishing regulations, ... Read more...

14-01-2010
U.S. Navy Helps Africans Combat Piracy, Illegal Fishing

Washington - A U.S. Navy collaboration with African nations to counter seaborne threats such as piracy and illegal fishing, called the Africa Partnership Station (APS), has proved so successful it is being expanded, says Vice ... Read more...

13-01-2010
Tanzania: Deal to end illegal fishing signed with Japan

The federal government signed a major fishing contract with Japan on Monday to end illegal fishing which may earn Tanzania over TZS 200 billion (USD 147.4 million) annually in licence fees and tax revenues. This is ... Read more...

12-01-2010
GHANA: Arming fishermen with cameras

Foreign trawlers scoop up even the smallest fish, decimating stocks, says the Ghana fisheries commission ACCRA, 12 January 2010 (IRIN) - On Jamestown beach in Ghana’s capital, Accra, 38-year-old Ayele Okine, mother of six, grills ... Read more...

11-01-2010
Uganda: 20 arrested with illegal nets

TWENTY fishermen have been arrested for using illegal gear in Lake Victoria. The suspects were arrested from Koome Island and Ntenjeru sub-counties in an operation mounted by Mukono beach management unit officials at Kalyambuzi and Kiziru landing ... Read more...

08-01-2010
Kenya fishermen see upside to pirates

MALINDI, Kenya (AP) — People here have one thing to thank Somali pirates for: Better fishing. In past years, illegal commercial trawlers parked off Somalia's coast and scooped up the ocean's contents. Now, fishermen on the ... Read more...

06-01-2010
Fish to be traced from net to plate in EU member states

Fishermen from the 27 member states have to abide by new rules aimed at ensuring that no illegally-caught fish end up on the market across the EU. The tough rules came into force at the beginning ... Read more...

06-01-2010
Tunisia takes steps to combat illegal fishing

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing has become a priority issue at international level. Strong measures have already been taken by the European Commission to prevent illegal fishing. Concerned with non-declared and non-regulated fishing phenomenon, Tunisia has ... Read more...

05-01-2010
Uganda: Govt Set to Revamp Fish Sector

Kampala — IT was the perfect union, but 10 years on, the relationship between fishermen and local water bodies is murky. The fisheries industry has witnessed illegal fishing, nearly causing extinction of the fish resources. Hotly ... Read more...

05-01-2010
Subsistence fishing given carte blanche

Subsistence fishermen got an early Christmas gift in the form of a decision by Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources not to implement a fishing season moratorium for 2009/2010, resulting in this communal sector plying ... Read more...

05-01-2010
WWF welcomes new rules to stamp out illegal fishing activity

NEW rules to crackdown on pirate fishing activities around the world which entered into force on 1st January, have been welcomed by environmental group WWF. If implemented properly, WWF believes that the new regulations will help ... Read more...

05-01-2010
Call for standardised sustainable fish labels

A new research project has called for the standardisation of labels on fish, as it claims that current sustainability certifications are inconsistent and confuse consumers. The Review of Fish Sustainability Information Schemes, conducted by independent research ... Read more...

05-01-2010
Gambia: Fisheries Sector Overview

Fisheries development policies evolved during the two national five-year Development Plans (1985 to 1995), when government defined fisheries development policies to direct public interventions. The broad objectives were reviewed for the Economic Recovery Programmes (ERP) (1985-1989) ... Read more...

04-01-2010
Tanga moves to curb fish smuggling

Absence of fish markets at Kenya-Tanzania border areas has been cited as a reason for rampant fish smuggling into the neighbouring country. Mr Hassan Kalombo, who is a fisheries adviser based in Tanga, revealed this ... Read more...

04-01-2010
Ugandan Government bans foreign fishermen

In a bid to restore fisheries resources in Lake Victoria, the Government of Uganda has decided to ban foreign fishing vessels, Fisheries Minister of State Fred Mukisa has announced. Mr Mukisa said Kenya and Tanzania, the ... Read more...

04-01-2010
Tristan da Cunha rock lobster fishery enters full MSC assessment

Tristan da Cunha’s rock lobster fishery has entered full assessment for the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC)  certificate for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.  If successful, rock lobsters from this fishery will be eligible to bear the ... Read more...

03-01-2010
Kenya Can Now Catch Illegal Fishing Vessels

EU NAVFOR and the Kenyan Ministry of Defense on the provision of support to the Kenyan Air force (KAF) MPA came to fruition earlier this month with the fitting of camera equipment that will support ... Read more...

02-01-2010
Oceana asks EU and Xunta de Galicia to stop subsidising fishing pirates

Biomega Nutrición, partly owned by Manuel Antonio Vidal Pego, shall receive 3.9 million Euros to build a factory to produce Omega 3 out of fishliver oil, which often comes from vulnerable deepsea sharks Madrid -- Vidal ... Read more...

01-01-2010
Entry into force of new system to better control fisheries and fight against illegal fishing

On 1 January 2010, a set of new, strong rules will enter into force to bolster the control system of the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy. These rules will give the EU and its Member ... Read more...

29-12-2009
Two trawlers grabbed for illegal fishing

Two trawlers have been arrested and detained by the Ghana Navy in cape Coast and Tema for engaging in illegal fishing activities in the country's territorial waters. In a move which underscored the Navy's resolve to ... Read more...

29-12-2009
Missing files hinder illegal fishing war

Recurrent disappearance of case files on dynamite fishing cases, has been cited as a major stumbling block to effective control of dynamite fishing along the Tanga coast line. The officer-in-charge of the Tanga-based Fisheries Law ... Read more...

21-12-2009
Fisheries Pact With EU Has to Wait

Johannesburg — THE conclusion of a fisheries agreement between SA and the European Union (EU) has had to take second place to other considerations, even though SA's fish exports to the EU are attracting duties ... Read more...

21-12-2009
U.S. - Sierra Leone Maritime Patrol Team Fine Illegal Fishing Vessels

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS, At Sea, Dec 21, 2009 — A joint U.S.-Sierra Leone patrol team queried, boarded, and found four fishing vessels in violation of fishing ... Read more...

15-12-2009
Surveillance and control of fishing weak on the seas

Accra, Dec.15, GNA - Weak national control, surveillance and enforcement of existing fishery laws is leading to the use of unauthorised fishing methods on the sea, Programme Co-ordinator of Friends of the Nation (FON) said ... Read more...

15-12-2009
Ministry warns fishing vessels against operating in Zone

Accra, Dec. 15, GNA - The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) on Tuesday said some industrial trawlers had been fishing within the Inshore Exclusive Zone (IEZ) in the past week off Winneba/Cape Coast resulting ... Read more...

15-12-2009
In Sierra Leone, Another Plus for Afsatu Kabbah’s Ministry

In collaboration with the joint United States/Sierra Leone Coast Guard, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, headed by Haja Afsatu Kabbah, has recorded yet another landmark in the area of coastal security. Over the weekend, ... Read more...

15-12-2009
Will Government Control of Lake Victoria Replenish Fish Stocks?

Kampala — WITH increased pressure on fish in Lake Victoria, especially the Nile Perch, Uganda is left with no option but to seal off its waters to foreign fishermen. "Tanzania has already closed its borders. Even ... Read more...

11-12-2009
Officials thwart illegal fishing in Cameroon

YAOUNDE: Police in Cameroon have seized almost 100 tonnes of illegally-caught fish from two boats off the African country's southern coast, a government official said on Friday. Officers boarded the two trawlers on December 8 ... Read more...

07-12-2009
Government to lift ban on abalone fishing

The blanket ban on abalone fishing was lifted on Sunday but the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said specifics would only be released in February 2010. Minister Tina Joemat Petersen announced on Sunday that government ... Read more...

04-12-2009
Hypocritical’ EU gives €34.5m to fleets fishing tuna to extinction

  The European Union has given out tens of millions of euros to subsidise the Mediterranean tuna fishing fleets despite warnings from scientists that overfishing is pushing the species close to extinction. Between 2000 and 2008 a ... Read more...

01-12-2009
DNA Testing to Help Sharks Keep Fins

In a study in the journal Endangered Species Research, shark fins on sale were shown to be from a specific region in which shark populations have collapsed, evidence that may help change fishing regulations. Cynthia ... Read more...

01-12-2009
WTO urged to spin off fishing pact to protect seas

GENEVA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Marine scientists warned the World Trade Organisation on Tuesday that the world's seas were in peril and called for a new WTO deal to discourage over-fishing. "The health of the world's ... Read more...

30-11-2009
Lake Victoria Meeting Fails to Address Key Resource Concerns

Nairobi — Despite talks to jointly harness shared resources for regional economic development, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are yet to resolve key issues surrounding the management of Lake Victoria. Water excavation, overfishing and the Migingo question ... Read more...

28-11-2009
U.S. on hook with others to fight illegal fishing

The United States has joined 10 other nations in signing a United Nations treaty to combat illegal fishing that costs the world economy up to $23 billion a year. The signings last week immediately followed adoption ... Read more...

25-11-2009
Groundbreaking treaty on illegal fishing approved

Port state measures broaden the fight against IUU fishing Eleven FAO Members have already signed on to the Agreement. Scene from the signing ceremony. 25 November 2009, Rome - A new treaty that aims to close ... Read more...

24-11-2009
Kenya: Ban on ring nets lifted as Fisheries Day is marked

  The Government has lifted a ban on the use of ring nets for fishing in the Indian Ocean. Coast assistant director of Fisheries Martha Mukira lifted the ban during celebrations to mark the world Fisheries Day ... Read more...

24-11-2009
Luanda: Fisheries to help improve living in 2010

Luanda – Better living, stability and wellbeing of the populations based on a sustainable development strategy of the fishery sector, are among the main goals of the National Plan for the 2010/2011 period drafted by ... Read more...

22-11-2009
Kenya: Raila calls for ban on illegal fishing gear

The Prime Minister was reacting to remarks by the Fisheries Development Minister Paul Otuoma who decried the rate of fish depletion in Lake Victoria . Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called for a ban on ... Read more...

22-11-2009
Mauritius moves to eliminate illegal fishing

Mauritius has initiated a plan of action to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in its seas, PANA reported, quoting an official source. The source from the Ministry of Agro Industry, Food Production ... Read more...

22-11-2009
FAO and Norad to Undertake Value-Chain Analysis of Fish Sector

Rome - FAO and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) have signed an agreement to undertake a comprehensive value-chain analysis of international fish trade with an impact assessment of the small-scale sector. This is ... Read more...

18-11-2009
Agriculture Ministry to tighten regulations to prevent unorthodox fishing

Ghana has begun initiating moves to tighten her regulations to prevent unorthodox fishing methods in its territorial waters. Led by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the body mandated to spearhead the activities of agriculture ... Read more...

18-11-2009
Ghana: Bad Fishing Methods Depleting Fish Stock

Ms Betty Bosomtwi-Sam, Deputy Western Regional Minister on Tuesday noted that fish stock in water bodies were gradually being depleted as a result of bad fishing methods. "It is regrettable that though the fishing industry is ... Read more...

16-11-2009
Illegal fishing in L. Victoria threatens the livelihood of 3.5m people

The livelihoods of 3.5 million East Africans who depend directly on Lake Victoria are threatened by illegal fishing, overfishing, climate change and pollution. Lake Victoria is the largest inland fishery on the continent, valued at $400 ... Read more...

15-11-2009
Tuna vanish as their protectors samba on

It must be nice to be one of those whose task is conserving the wild resources of the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic fishery managers meet once a year in attractive places remote enough to deter ... Read more...

15-11-2009
Pew Environment Group Urges Stronger Action to save Bluefin Tuna and Sharks, Regrets Failure of Inte

PORTO DE GALINHAS, Brazil, Nov. 15. After meeting for ten days, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) refused to end fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna. Instead, ICCAT set the catch limit ... Read more...

12-11-2009
Government bans ring net fishing in the Indian Ocean

The Government has banned fishing using ring nets in the Indian Ocean.The ban comes after local fishermen clashed with their Tanzanian counterparts over the use of ring nets. The locals claimed the ring nets are illegal ... Read more...

11-11-2009
West Africa: Helping Pirates to Plunder the Oceans

Paris — West Africa is one of the world's regions most affected by pirate fishers. Illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing has been devastating local livelihoods and ecosystems for decades. National fisheries management authorities are often ... Read more...

11-11-2009
New move in fight against illegal fishing

THE European Commission have signed two administrative co-operation agreements with New Zealand and the United States which the Commission claim marks a new step in efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, unreported and unregulated ... Read more...

07-11-2009
EAC moves to save nile perch

The Council of Ministers of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) has signed a joint communiqué aimed at eradicating illegal fishing and trade in immature Nile Perch in local and regional markets. The Ministers of Fisheries ... Read more...

05-11-2009
Scandal of $1bn illegal fishing industry could destroy Africa’s fish stocks ‘within years’ unless ur

International Development Minister Gareth Thomas today issued a stark warning that, if action isn’t taken immediately, illegal fishing could have a devastating impact on fish stocks off the coast of Africa. Experts say unless much tighter ... Read more...

27-10-2009
EU is ready to combat illegal fishing

Brussels, 27 October 2009 On 22 October 2009, following the favourable opinion expressed in September by the Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Commission adopted a Regulation establishing the implementing rules for the 2008 Regulation to ... Read more...

24-10-2009
Africa pays high price for Europe’s illegal plate of fish

Europeans are eating “laundered” fish, harvested illegally from African coastal waters by pirate Asian trawlers while governments deny African fishermen the right to sell their catch within the European Union. The double standard, which allows ... Read more...

23-10-2009
Guinea-Bissau: Crack down on illegal fishing

The small west African country of Guinea-Bissau plans to crack down on foreign fishing boats that use its waters illegally because they are so rich in fish, the fisheries minister said Friday. "We're going to ... Read more...

20-10-2009
Seychelles continues to combat Illegal Unreported Unregulated fishing in the Indian Ocean

Seychelles / Mahe / Victoria – Seychelles and France cooperation in the fight against illegal fishing activity has resulted in the call to port of a Taiwanese’s owned Seychelles flagged long liner in the Indian ... Read more...

13-10-2009
Joint Seychelles-France action on illegal fishing

Joint action between Seychelles and France has resulted in the owner and captain of a Taiwanese boat being fined R1,050,000 for illegal fishing. The boat had falsely reported its position and had not recorded all its ... Read more...

07-10-2009
Majlis calls to alleviate sufferings of fishermen

A seven member temporary committee has been established by the People’s Majlis yesterday to investigate and address the issues and problems faced by fishermen in the country. The committee which is composed of Majlis members ... Read more...

07-10-2009
NIGERIA: Fish Could Play Greater Role In Food Security

AKARAKUMO, Nigeria, Oct 7 (IPS) - The smell of roasting fish fills the air as one approaches the bungalow a few metres from the shore of the lagoon. Like most families in the village schoolteacher ... Read more...

30-09-2009
MSC scheme proves a boon for fishermen despite fears over stocks

A conservation scheme intended to protect stocks has also led to a massive boost in income for fishermen around the world. The Marine Stewardship Council was established ten years ago to give a stamp of ... Read more...

29-09-2009
Global net tightens around illegal fishing

THE international net is starting to tighten around countries and organisations that continue with illegal fishing activities. Recently a group of more than 90 countries have agreed on a treaty that will refuse to accept ships ... Read more...

28-09-2009
New European Regulation Against Illegal Fishing Raises Concerns in Africa

The European Commission has passed far-reaching regulations designed to restrict the flow of illegal fish into European markets. The regulation places obligations on countries wishing to export to the EU and they will come into ... Read more...

22-09-2009
Uganda - what has caused the loss of fish revenue?

Kampala : Illicit fishing which has dogged the sector, reached its pitch by the end of 2008, registering a sh117b fall in returns. This remains the second biggest margin of loss in value from sh168b ... Read more...

17-09-2009
South Africa launches first-time fishing alliance

Fishing industry leaders and WWF have committed to improving the sustainability of South African fisheries in a first-time partnership that will ensure long-term marine conservation in the region. WWF South Africa, together with four major fishing ... Read more...

14-09-2009
Fish exports drop by $20 million

KAMPALA, UGANDA - Uganda earned $20 million less from fish exports in 2008 compared to 2007, an official has said.     State minister for fisheries, Mr. Fred Mukisa told the media in Kampala last week that ... Read more...

14-09-2009
Egypt hands over pirates

Mogadishu - Egypt on Monday handed over to Somalia's Puntland authorities eight suspected pirates who had seized two Egyptian fishing vessels before being overpowered by the crew, officials said. "We have received the eight pirates from ... Read more...

14-09-2009
Joint policy to save L.Victoria

Kenya is calling for closer collaboration among countries sharing the Lake Victoria waters to safeguard livelihoods of millions. With the declining fish population, about 30 million people living along the lake shores are at risk ... Read more...

10-09-2009
Government to screen fishermen

The Government is to screen fishermen before licensing them in an attempt to better manage fishing in Ugandan waters. The exercise begins this month, according to the fisheries state minister, Fred Mukisa. It is intended to help ... Read more...

08-09-2009
Environmental and fishing groups in South Africa unite for responsible fisheries

Major fishing industry stakeholders in South Africa on Wednesday met to collaborate on securing the future of marine stocks and ecosystems. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Africa worked with I&J, Oceana, Sea Harvest and Viking ... Read more...

06-09-2009
Sierra Leone to deport illegal Taiwanese fishermen

FREETOWN : A court in Sierra Leone has ordered the deportation of 11 fishermen from Taiwan after their boats were intercepted in the west African nation's exclusive zone, immigration officials said Sunday. Each of the men ... Read more...

06-09-2009
Illegal fishing threatens people`s economic livelihood

Over fishing and reckless use of illegal fishing gear are threatening livelihoods of nearly five million people in the Lake Zone, according the Tanzania Industrial Fishing and Processing Association (TIFPA). The association noted that the biomass ... Read more...

02-09-2009
Morocco still using banned driftnets

Despite being banned in the Mediterranean since 2003, a large fleet of driftnets continues to operate in Morocco, targeting swordfish for the European market. This illegal fishing is likely to have caused the accidental deaths ... Read more...

01-09-2009
FAO moves to curb illegal fishing

Nairobi, Kenya - The final text of a new treaty that aims to close fishing ports to vessels involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, has been agreed upon by a group of 91 ... Read more...

01-09-2009
Fisheries Commission charged to protect Ghana's territorial waters

Accra, Sept. 1, GNA - Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) on Tuesday inaugurated an 11-member reconstituted Fisheries Commission with a call on the body to enforce fisheries laws and institute measures ... Read more...

01-09-2009
Treaty to eliminate illegal fishing penned

The final text of a new treaty that aims to close fishing ports to vessels involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has been agreed upon by a group of 91 countries during talks ... Read more...

01-09-2009
Tema fishermen call for ban on light fishing

The Chief Fisherman in- charge of the Tema Ashaiman division of the Tema Landing Beach at the Tema Fishing Harbour , Nii Adjieteh Mator III, has called on the government to, as a matter of ... Read more...

31-08-2009
Fisheries organisation out of funds

THE Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO) has run out of funds to conduct surveys to assess the fish stocks in the lake. This followed the wounding up of the European Union (EU) financial support to ... Read more...

30-08-2009
Time for more robust measures to protect our fish and marine resources

Two weeks ago, a joint patrol of Police and naval personnel , acting on a tip-off , dashed off into the sea to arrest two Korean vessels that had been poaching on Sierra Leone's territorial ... Read more...

28-08-2009
Commissioner Borg: "International agreement on Port State control standards is a major blow to pirat

The European Commission has welcomed the successful conclusion today at the Rome headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of negotiations to establish an international agreement on port state measures as part of the ... Read more...

27-08-2009
Cash crisis hits Uganda fisheries agency

Shortage of funds is likely to stall many projects of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO) and affect pay of its workers, a senior official has said. The Executive Secretary, Mr Dick Nyeko, said since ... Read more...

17-08-2009
China's fisheries must adapt to meet new EU regulations

To meet the new requirements for exporting to the EU, China will have to issue certificates for all catches by China-flagged vessels, and obtain certificates from other countries when fish is imported into China for ... Read more...

15-08-2009
Dwindling catches worry Uganda's Lake Albert fishermen

Sam Otim is a tired man. After spending the whole night traversing Uganda's Lake Albert in search of fish, he has returned to Kaiso Landing Site empty-handed. "I laid my four nets in the water ... Read more...

31-07-2009
How conservation can improve incomes: an African success story

In 1994 an area of coral reef on the southern part of Kenya’s coast was designated as a marine reserve by the government wildlife agency. Fishing activity would be restricted within its boundaries, it was ... Read more...

30-07-2009
Compass bans 69 endangered fish species from its restaurants

The world's largest contract caterer has added Atlantic cod to its banned list alongside bluefin tuna and swordfish Sixty-nine species of fish have been banned from menus at thousands of restaurants across the UK and Ireland ... Read more...

28-07-2009
Maldivian tuna fisheries seek MSC eco-label

The list of tuna fisheries engaged in the Marine Stewardship Council program is growing. The London-based nonprofit announced on Tuesday that the Maldivian bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna fisheries are now being assessed as well ... Read more...

27-07-2009
East Africa: Not Enough Support for Fisheries, Officials Say

Nairobi. Beach management units on the Kenyan shoes of Lake Victoria are doing little to help the ailing fisheries sector get back on its feet. According to the deputy director of Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute ... Read more...

24-07-2009
Safeguarding Africa's fishing waters

Regional action needed to stop illegal trawlers off the coast. Foreign ships, such as this tuna trawler, haul huge quantities of fish out of African waters, but African countries need more capacity to ensure their catches ... Read more...

22-07-2009
Seafood exports to EU to bear 'catch certificate'

A proposed European Union (EU) guideline requiring imported seafood to be accompanied by a "catch certificate" from a competent authority could help curb illegal fishing on the Indian Ocean. Exporters will be required to produce the ... Read more...

01-07-2009
EU Publishes Study on Impacts of the new IUU regulation

The European Commission has published a study on the impacts of Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 establishing a Community system to "prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing" which ... Read more...

29-06-2009
Legislate Laws To Ban Paired-Trawling - CSRM

Corporate Social Responsibility Movement (CSRM), a civil society organisation, yesterday called on government to pass laws to ban paired-trawling in the country's marine waters. The CSRM, committed to the interest of fishermen, said mere verbal ... Read more...

29-06-2009
Namibia To Launch First Island's Marine Protected Area

LUDERITZ, June 29 (Bernama) -- The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Dr Abraham Iyambo will officially launch Namibia's first Islands' Marine Protected Area (MPA) on Thursday at Luderitz. The area covers approximately one million hectares ... Read more...

29-06-2009
Kenya out for a piece of the Indian Ocean

Kenya has moved swiftly to make public a policy on ocean management, a condition given by the United Nations before it is granted a massive territorial extension it applied for in the Indian Ocean. The ... Read more...

25-06-2009
Hammerhead shark faces extinction over hunger for shark fin soup

Hammerhead sharks and giant devil rays are threatened with extinction, according to the first worldwide conservation survey of the species. Frank Pope, Oceans Correspondent A third of open-ocean sharks and rays face the same predicament. ... Read more...

22-06-2009
Algeria: Turkish trawlers detained for illegal tuna fishing

Algerian authorities said Sunday they have detained three Turkish trawlers and one Algerian vessel for illegally fishing more than 200 tonnes of tuna The four vessels were intercepted after the Turkish trawlers transfered the living tuna ... Read more...

19-06-2009
Gambia: Issue Fishing Licenses to the Qualified People - President Tells New Fisheries Minister

The president of the Republic, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, has again renewed his call for Gambians to take charge of the country's resources with particular reference to the territorial waters which are been ... Read more...

08-06-2009
Pirate fishing causing eco disaster and killing communities, says report

The new report confirms uncontrolled waves of violent, eco-damaging and illegal fishing activity worldwide, but with some of the biggest offences connected to the European market John Vidal, environment editor guardian.co.uk, Monday 8 June 2009 Pirate fishing ... Read more...

30-05-2009
House team on water opposed to destruction of illegal fishing gear

Goverment efforts to seize and burn illegal fishing gear in the country this week faced stiff opposition from members of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Water. The members, while touring Marine and Coastal Environmental ... Read more...

25-05-2009
'Pirate' trawlers gutting Ghana's fishing industry

It is mid-morning in Cape Coast, a fishing town 120km from Ghana's capital, Accra. Battered wooden vessels sails billow in the salty breeze. Rays of sunlight illuminate the whitewashed walls of a colonial-era castle and ... Read more...

22-05-2009
Alarm over marine resources

Coastal and marine environment in western Indian Ocean have started showing signs of degradation due to human activities thus threatening the resources. Deputy permanent secretary Vice Presidents Office (Environment), Mr Mbarak Abdulwakil, said in Dar ... Read more...

21-05-2009
Authorities now eschew handling of consignment of impounded tuna

Tuna FishThe fate of 2bn/- worth tuna consignment recovered from the recently impounded illegal fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean has been swinging in balance as every responsible authority now distances itself from the issue. Livestock ... Read more...

09-05-2009
SA to protect offshore areas

Johannesburg - A proposal was gazetted to create one of the largest Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the world around the Prince Edward islands, located in the Southern Ocean, the Department of Environmental Affairs and ... Read more...

08-05-2009
Illegal fishing - Not here!

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing has a negative effect on the country's economy and violates everything that the SADC Protocol on Fisheries stands for, according to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. The ministry ... Read more...

07-05-2009
Bugiri destroys Illegal fishing gear

BUGIRI district and fisheries officials destroyed illegal fishing gear worth millions of shillings and arrested 65 suspects over engaging in illegal fishing. Fred Igoma, a fisheries officer, said the gear destroyed included over 1,500 nets ... Read more...

07-05-2009
GAMBIA: Luring fishermen back to the sea

BANJUL, 7 May 2009 (IRIN) - Dwindling stocks and profits are driving thousands of young Gambian fishermen out of the industry but the government hopes to lure them back through tighter regulation and greater investment. ... Read more...

28-04-2009
Lake Victoria fishery project launched

Naturland, a German cooperative of organic farmers, on Tuesday announced that Lake Victoria Nile perch is now certified sustainable, and products from the area will now carry the organization's eco-label. Naturland representatives, along with speakers from ... Read more...

26-04-2009
No tuna, no salmon. No oysters, no skate. No cod and chips

Imagine a world without seafood for supper. It's nearer than you think. Andrew Purvis The Observer, Sunday 26 April 2009Are fish to disappear from our plates entirely? As I step off the train at Heysel, in the ... Read more...

20-04-2009
The Bleak Future of Fishing in Africa

"These problems may seem far away, but they are crucial to the global market and economy." So said Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, opening the Water Workshop The Future of ... Read more...

16-04-2009
Overfishing "annihilating" Uganda's Nile Perch-govt

Overfishing on Lake Victoria has seen Nile Perch stocks drop 81 percent to 370,000 tonnes in 2008 from 2 million tonnes three years ago, "annihilating" the species, Uganda said on Thursday. Fishing is one of ... Read more...

06-04-2009
Sweden restocks Lake Victoria

The Swedish government is funding activities to increase fish stocks in Lake Victoria. The Sustainable Utilisation of Lake Victoria Resources Project also intends to fight the high rate of pollution and the water hyacinth that ... Read more...

03-04-2009
Indian Ocean tuna commission a failure - again

Bali, Indonesia: The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission in the spotlight as some coastal fishers whose stocks it has failed to protect turn to piracy instead - is continuing in its unbroken record of failure to ... Read more...

02-04-2009
Somalia: getting tough on foreign vessels to save local fishermen

Somalia has revoked fishing licences for foreign vessels and is planning a new law to regulate fishing in its waters, a minister told IRIN on 2 April. The move follows complaints by local fishermen of ... Read more...

22-03-2009
Fishermen warned against depleting Lake Edward

Fishing communities from Uganda and DR Congo who live on the shores of Lake Edward have been warned against depleting the lake of fish. "If this lake (Edward) is depleted of fish, the economic consequences ... Read more...

18-03-2009
Tanzania, SADC join forces against illegal fishing

Dar es Salaam. SOUTHERN African Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for marine fisheries met in the Namibian capital Windhoek on July 4, 2008, where they declared among other things to strengthen fisheries governance and legal ... Read more...

16-03-2009
West African fish find fans in Boston

Hundreds of thousands of marine artisanal fishermen use pirogues like these to catch fish in West Africa's coastal waters. Fish from West Africa are winning over buyers in America. At the International Boston Seafood Show, the ... Read more...

28-02-2009
Minister says Mauritania, Senegal have no problems over fishing

Dakar, Senegal - Mauritanian minister of Fishing and Maritime Economy, Hassana Ould Ely, Friday dismissed suggestions that his country and Senegal were a teach other's throat over the boarding and inspection of pirogues belonging to ... Read more...

26-02-2009
Stakeholders discuss ways to combat unregulated fishing

Experts in Ghana's fishery sector on Thursday called for the review of fishing laws to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. They also called for review of operations of the existing Monitoring Control Systems ... Read more...

26-02-2009
Senior Officer calls for revision of fisheries law

A Senior Fisheries Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization, Alhaji M. Jallow has stressed the need for Ghana to review its law on fishing as well as have a national plan of action for ... Read more...

25-02-2009
Uganda: Fish Exports Drop

Kampala — Uganda's fish export earnings for 2008 dropped by $5.2m (sh10,244b) to $112.2m (sh221,034b) from $117.4m (sh231,278b) the previous year. Jackson Wadanya, the assistant fisheries commissioner, said the decline in fish exports and earnings was ... Read more...

23-02-2009
The importance of juvenile fish

The juvenile fish otherwise the small pelagic plays a very important role in the regeneration of the fisheries sector. Therefore, it is incumbent upon everyone to protect them from any kind of exploitation by both ... Read more...

21-02-2009
Fighting for the right to fish

CAPE TOWN, "When my belly is crying I must fill it. I can sit on the side of the road and beg for bread, but there is the bread right there," says Hahn Goliath, a ... Read more...

10-02-2009
Central Region fishermen favour scrapping of Fisheries Ministry

A cross-section of fishermen in the Central Region on Tuesday, expressed their approval of the decision by government to scrap the Fisheries Ministry. According to them, its establishment did more harm than good, particularly to artisan ... Read more...

10-02-2009
Beating poverty could save fish

Developing societies tend to over fish, leading to a cycle of poverty and reef destruction. An international team of researchers has proposed a revolutionary strategy for ending the plunder of the world's coral reefs and destruction ... Read more...

06-02-2009
81 Yemenis deported from NW Somalia for illegal fishing

HARGEISA, Somalia, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland in northwest Somalia said 81 Yemenis were fined and deported to their home country for fishing illegally in the southern port town ... Read more...

04-02-2009
World's major fishing nations failing on sustainability

Scientists grade 53 major fishing nations on how they comply with UN's voluntary code of conduct Alok Jha, green technology correspondent guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 4 February 2009 More than 40% of the world's fishing is carried out ... Read more...

03-02-2009
Planned treaty will close ports to fish pirates

FAO-brokered talks lay groundwork for binding agreement to combat illegal fishing Patrolling at sea is only one way of combating illegal fishing.3 February 2009, Rome - Representatives of over 60 countries have made significant progress ... Read more...

21-01-2009
Africa losing over 1 billion dollars to illegal fishing

Maputo - Sub-Saharian African countries are currently losing more than 1 billion dollars yearly due to illegal fishing in their waters, a senior government official in Mozambique revealed this week. Mozambique Deputy Fisheries Minister Victor ... Read more...

17-01-2009
EU fishing boats suspended from Seychelles waters

Last year's EU licence fee was worth about 7-8 million euros, according to the Seychelles Fishing Authority. "We are earning 3-5 percent (of the resource's value) on the licence fee and we want to earn in ... Read more...

10-01-2009
Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives accused of dealing in illegal fish

Port Louis (Mauritius) Three countries in the Indian Ocean; Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives, have been accused of dealing in fish illegally captured by Somali pirates in the territorial waters of that country. In a report made ... Read more...

22-12-2008
Good progress on surveillance to stop illegal fishing

Technicians from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) countries have given positive feedback about the joint regional fisheries surveillance project now in progress. They made the remarks recently during the monthly meeting of the Regional Fisheries Surveillance ... Read more...

19-11-2008
We must defend our high seas from more than just pirates

It is time for international action to control the precious ocean life beneath the waves as well as the dramas on the surface Imagine the international outrage if the now-famous Somali pirates - in a fit ... Read more...

26-08-2008
Wild-caught shrimps from Madagascar certified Friend of the Sea

French market leader Gel-Pêche obtains product certification for sustainable fishery origin Friend of the Sea announces an important break-through in the French seafood market, as Gel-Pêche products obtain the international sustainability certification following audit by independent ... Read more...

11-08-2008
Mozambique confiscates Namibian-flagged vessel

THE Mozambican Government has announced that it has "taken" the Antillas Reefer, the Namibian-flagged fishing vessel arrested in July in Mozambican waters for alleged illegal fishing. According to the country's Minister of Fisheries, Cadmiel Muthemba, the ... Read more...

23-07-2008
Govt strips Paloma V of Namibian flag

ONE of the two Namibian fishing vessels recently accused of illegal fishing in international waters was yesterday served with a deregistration certificate by the Ministry of Works and Transport. This spells the end of the ... Read more...

21-07-2008
Namibian vessel seized

A SECOND Namibian fishing vessel has been seized for alleged illegal fishing - this time in Mozambican waters. The Antillas Reefer is owned by Omunkete Fishing, which also owns the Paloma V, the vessel seized by ... Read more...

09-07-2008
Namibian trawler netted in Pacific for illegal fishing

A NAMIBIAN-FLAGGED fishing vessel, the Paloma V, faces an international ban after a New Zealand court ruled that it was linked to illegal toothfish fishing in the Antarctic Ocean. The Paloma V is owned by ... Read more...

07-07-2008
Govt revokes fishing licences for 69 boats

The Government yesterday cancelled fishing licences for all vessels operating in Tanzania's deep seawaters and directed that they apply afresh for new licences. Announcing the measures aimed at protecting the country's fisheries resources from plunder, ... Read more...

07-07-2008
Dar gets tough on illegal fishing

TANZANIA and several other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are stepping up the fight against illegal fishing operations, the Minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries, Mr John Magufuli, said in Dar es ... Read more...

07-07-2008
South African Countries Agree on Measures to Curb Illegal Fishing

The eight coastal countries belonging to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Friday agreed on tough measures to curb illegal fishing and the landing and marketing of such catches at their ports. Overall, it ... Read more...

03-07-2008
Sierra Leone Diary - The fight for fish

Sierra Leone, one of the world's poorest countries, loses an estimated $29 million a year to illegal fishing. The BBC's Hassan Arouni is in Sierra Leone, looking at how illegal fishing is damaging local communities. © ... Read more...

03-07-2008
Pirate fishing boats target Africa – Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast is calling on the United Nations to lift an arms embargo that it says has prevented the defence of its waters from illegal fishing boats. The country has been under a UN arms embargo ... Read more...

03-07-2008
Pirate fishing boats target Africa - Kenya

Mohammed Abdalla comes from a long line of fishermen, in a fishing village near Malindi, on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. But declining catches mean he is seriously thinking of looking for something else to do. "I ... Read more...

02-07-2008
Pirate fishing boats target Africa

There is a kind of theft that happens every day in a majority of the world's poor countries - and in many of the richer ones too. It usually happens out of sight, and most ... Read more...

28-05-2008
Seychelles steps up fight against illegal fishing

The fight against illegal fishing in Seychelles’ waters is about to be stepped up as the second phase of the surveillance mission begins. In particular, air patrol hours will be increased as the newly acquired Twin ... Read more...

11-05-2008
How the world's oceans are running out of fish

The future of our seas has never been more precarious. Ninety years of industrial-scale overfishing has brought us to the brink of an ecological catastrophe and deprived millions of their livelihoods. As scientific guidelines are ... Read more...

02-05-2008
Africa news round-up: 2.5.08

From illegal fishing in developing countries to the Ugandan president's embrace of rising food prices, Elizabeth Ford reviews the latest news from Africa and the world of development Elizabeth Ford guardian.co.uk, Friday 2 May 2008 The number ... Read more...

02-04-2008
Majlis considers banning of foreign fishing vessels

People’s Majlis yesterday discussed held discussions on banning foreign vessels from engaging in fishing inside Maldives economic zone. Members expressed concern that the government still continues to issue licenses for operation of foreign fishing vessels ... Read more...

24-02-2008
Is farmed fish the new battery chicken?

With natural food supplies under threat from climate change, we could soon be relying on farmed fish to feed the world. But that's only part of the problem. Alex Renton reports on the fishing industry's ... Read more...

28-01-2008
A fifth of world's fish landings 'are illegal'

Researchers said fishermen should be included in decision-making . About a fifth of the world's fish landings are illegal and the proportion is increasing, adding to the global problem of declining fish stocks, scientists have said. ... Read more...

04-08-2007
Very poor fishing across the country

Fishermen across the country are reporting they are experiencing the worst fishing seasons in recent times. Many fishermen are extremely worried about this and say that large scale poaching and illegal fishing by foreign vessels ... Read more...

01-08-2007
'Illegal "pirate" fish is ending up in Britain'

Illegal "pirate" fish is ending up on Britain's dinner plates as part of a sophisticated laundering operation which threatens the future of global stocks, a report claims. The fish is caught off West Africa then mixed ... Read more...

08-05-2007
Ghana: Chinese fishermen accused of depleting country‘s territorial waters

The National Best Fisherman for the year 2004 has waged war on Chinese fishermen who have invaded the territorial waters of the country with fishing with boats capable of injuring the industry to the detriment ... Read more...

27-02-2007
Five Lanka fishing boats seized

 Maldives National Defence Force has revealed that five Sri Lankan fishing boats have been seized while they were present illegally in the Maldives’s Exclusive Economic Zone. These boats were caught on the 24th and 25th ... Read more...

06-11-2006
When the boat comes in

The Marine Stewardship Council's eco-label is now on a significant proportion of the fish we eat, signalling that it is being caught responsibly. But is sustainable fishing having a large enough long-term impact, asks John ... Read more...

28-03-2006
Pirate fishing vessel arrested

Guinea. We have arrested a pirate fishing vessel stealing fish off the coast of Guinea, taking a Guinean Navy officer and a fisheries inspector and working with crew from the Esperanza and the Environmental Justice ... Read more...

04-03-2006
Illegal fishing worth $9bn a year, says report

James Meikle The Guardian, Saturday 4 March 2006 Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is raking in catches worth up to $9bn (£5.15bn) a year, according to a report by a British-chaired group of fisheries ministers and ... Read more...

16-06-2005
Pirate fleets 'stealing Africa's fish'

Pirate fishing fleets from richer nations are stealing £500 million worth of fish a year from the waters of the poorest countries in Africa, a Government report says today. The fleets, from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and ... Read more...

07-02-2005
Angola, Namibia draw sea border line

NAMIBIA and Angola took a bold step last week in their effort to curb illegal activities along the border by unveiling the maritime boundary markers. The two countries started talking about the maritime boundary in 1993 ... Read more...

28-08-2003
Toothfish pirates are boarded on high seas after 4,600-mile chase

AT FIRST light today, in the freezing waters of the South Atlantic, sailors from three nations were navigating their way through 60ft waves and icebergs having captured a suspected boatload of pirates and a cargo ... Read more...

28-08-2002
A global agreement to curb illegal fishing and rebuild devastated stocks within 13 years was reached

A global agreement to curb illegal fishing and rebuild devastated stocks within 13 years was reached by 189 countries at the Earth Summit yesterday. A global agreement to curb illegal fishing and rebuild devastated stocks within ... Read more...

15-11-2000
Three foreign vessels arrested by Ghana Navy

Three foreign fishing vessels were last Thursday arrested by patrolmen of the Ghana Navy, about 26 nautical miles south of Half Assini, for fishing in the country's territorial waters. The vessels without license to fish in ... Read more...

 

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