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NOAA Fisheries Seize 80 Tons of Albacore

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office for Law Enforcement (OLE) special agents have seized 80 short tons of albacore tuna, worth over $141,000 , from a Cambodian-flagged longline fishing vessel, the Long Man Yun #66 in Pago Pago, American Samoa, for allegedly violating U.S. fishing laws. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the Commerce Department. On August 1, the Long Man Yun #66 was observed within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off American Samoa with significant amounts of fishing gear on its deck. The crew of the vessel was also observed handling the fishing gear on the vessel=s working deck. The seizure of the vessel=s catch occurred when the vessel arrived at dock on September 30. It is a violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act for a foreign fishing vessel to fail to stow its fishing gear below deck when it is transiting U.S. waters. The requirement to stow gear is intended to ensure that there is never a question as to whether a foreign fishing vessel observed transiting U.S. waters has been illegally fishing. The fishing vessel was spotted in the U.S. EEZ off of American Samoa by a NOAA OLE special agent flying aboard a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 aircraft on a standard fisheries patrol. The U.S. EEZ is a vast and remote expanse of water which often requires both ship and aircraft patrols to enforce U.S. fisheries laws.


Hawaii Fishermen Salvage Japanese Tsumami Fishing Skiff

Japanese Skiff: Photo credit NOAA

The 20-by-6-foot skiff, covered in barnacles, was found floating northeast of Maui by the crew of the 'F/V Zephyr' who towed it in and cleaned it up. On the heels of Hawaii’s first confirmed report of Japan tsunami debris, NOAA and its partners are already examining the second confirmed item: a barnacled skiff which a fisherman found off the Hawaii coast—and which he wants to keep. Using the skiff’s registration number


Fisherman Fined for Violating Magnuson

A Florida fisherman was fined by an administrative law judge Tuesday, for illegal fishing within a secured area 120 miles south of Panama City, Fla. The violation occurred Dec. 17, 2002, when the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Stingray, homeported in Mobile, Ala., stopped and boarded the fishing vessel, The Shadow, for allegedly illegally fishing within the Madison-Swanson closed area. Jerry Eugene Key, operator of The Shadow, set approximately 2


Industry Urges Senate for Vessel Discharge Legislation

On March 13, a diverse coalition of 59 national and regional organizations representing a wide array of business, maritime and labor interests signed on to a letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee leadership, Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD), thanking them for cosponsoring S. 2094, a bill that would establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges


EU to Ban Fish from Sri Lanka, Saying Lax on Illegal Fishing

The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal fishing properly and lifted a ban on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices. The Commission on Tuesday also lifted warnings on Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, saying they had implemented concrete measures to combat illegal fishing. The four countries thus avoided being placed on the "red list" of nations that are not allowed to sell fish to


Vizada and Nautical Equip 300 Fishing Vessels

Vizada, independent provider of mobile satellite services, has teamed up with its long-term service provider partner Nautical to provide the Inmarsat FleetBroadband service to more than 300 Spanish fishing vessels, enabling them to comply with new European Union (EU) regulations. The EU regulations came into effect on 1 July 2010 and require all fishing vessels of more than 24-metres (78-ft) to supply reports of catch, trans-shipments


35th Fish Expo Headed To Seattle

Fish Expo and WorkBoat Northwest Trade Show is slated to deliver its standard level of excellence in exhibitors and conference topics, bringing the most complete resources for commercial fishing to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, November 15-17. Leon E. Panetta, Pew Oceans Commission chairman, is invited to deliver the keynote address and field questions on fisheries and environmental issues. Dr. Rebecca Lent


Kvichak Marine Will Build Two Marine Transport Vessels

Kvichak Marine is building two marine transport vessels for Puget Sound Energy (Photo: Kvichak Marine).

Seattle, WA – Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. was recently awarded a contract by Puget Sound Energy to design and build one each 32’ and 38’ Marine Transport Vessels for PSE’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project.  The vessels will be used at a new downstream fish-passage facility PSE is constructing behind the utility’s Lower Baker Dam to further enhance fish populations in the Skagit-Baker watershed in northwest Washington.


Ship for Live Fish Transport Ordered from Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce to provide eco-friendly live fish transporter vessel for Norwegian shipowners Rolls-Royce has won its first order for a new ship developed specifically for transporting live fish. Norwegian ship owner Sølvtrans AS, the world’s largest transporter of live fish, is the first customer for this advanced, fuel efficient vessel. In order to transport live fish efficiently and in a healthy condition, customers require spacious


Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocks Fishery Research Vessel

RV Spencer F. Baird: Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, for the 5-year drydocking and inspection of the R/V SPENCER F. BAIRD. The Shipyard hauled out the research ship using the 770-ton Marine Travelift. Work includes drydocking, a complete exterior repainting, bow thruster replacement, its five-year survey, and other miscellaneous repairs. The shipyard says that the project is to be completed early November 2013.


Illegal Fishing Threatens to Revive Somali Piracy

Somali officials say foreign ships plundering fish stocks; Somali piracy greatly reduced due to security measures. A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned


Malaysia Detains Nigerian Bandit Vessel

The Viking is the 2nd of the “Bandit 6” poaching vessels to be detained this month. (Image courtesy CCAMLR)

 The Nigerian flagged fishing vessel, Viking, has been detained in Malaysia for violations of Malaysian maritime law.   Malaysian authorities have indicated that the Viking will also be investigated for alleged illegal, unregulated, unreported (IUU) fishing violations.   


Greek Ferry Still Stuck

  The Greek ferry that ran aground just outside of port on the Aegean Island of Kassos Wednesday night is still stuck. The 227 passengers and 55 crew aboard the Vitsentzos Kornaros are facing the prospect of a third night stuck on the ferry


Shipping Losses Lowest in 10 Years

Graph: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

 2014 was the safest for world shipping in a decade according to the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015. Global shipping losses continued their downward trend with 75 reported in last year.  


Ships Queues Creep into Lagos ports

Lagos Port Complex (port of Lagos) by Nigerian Ports Authority

 19 ships laden with petrol and other commodities are discharging at the Lagos ports, says Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its daily publication `Shipping Position’.   Three of the ships were laden with petrol, while the others had diesel, steel products, containers, bulk salt


USCG Rescues 2 Fishermen near Block Island

Coast Guard crews rescue two fishermen from their sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, R.I., on March 23, 2015. Crews from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Coast Guard Station Point Judith, and Air Station Cape Cod res

  Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, Rhode Island, Monday. At approximately noon, the two person crew of the 38-foot fishing boat More Misery notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole


DNV GL Launches Rules for US Fishing Fleet

DNV GL said it is the only classification society to develop rules specifically for the US domestic fishing fleet, addressing how fishing vessels are designed, built and maintained for safety. (Photo: DNV GL)

The fishing vessel industry fatality rate is 30 times higher than the average of all U.S. industries. To address this, U.S. legislation requires that all new fishing vessels larger than 50 feet must be built to classification rules. DNV GL is the only classification society to develop rules


Heavy Fuel Oil Spill at Port of Long Beach

Approximately 33 gallons of heavy fuel oil was spilled during bunkering operations at an anchorage inside the Port of Long Beach Saturday morning, The U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The U.S. Coast Guard, state of California, and response crews are responding


USCG Suspends Search for Overdue Boat near Majuro

Navy P-3 Orion airplane joined in the search  Courtesy USN

  The Coast Guard suspended the search Saturday for an overdue 83-foot commercial fishing vessel near the Republic of Marshall Islands. Fishing vessel Clear Water 02 reportedly went missing with nine people aboard while en route Majuro for offload, March 12.


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


USCG, Agencies Respond to vessel taking on Water

Courtesy USCG

  Coast Guard members and local agencies responded to a fishing vessel taking on water with two people aboard west of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay Wednesday afternoon. At 1:28 p.m., Coast Guard Station Golden Gate watchstanders received a VHF-FM radio transmission on channel 16


Indonesia Restricts Foreign Vessels to Spur Local Shipbuilding

Susi Pudjiastuti: Ministry of Marine and Fisheries

 Indonesia will begin restricting foreign vessels transporting domestic aquaculture products in Indonesian waters to encourage growth for domestic shipbuilders from next year.   The stricter fishing laws would spell the end of foreign fishing vessels plying Indonesian waters


Malaysia, Indonesia, to Ease Tension in Maritime border

Image by Department of Fisheries, Malaysia

 Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to establish a special mechanism to discuss and finalise the demarcation of maritime boundaries in the Sulawesi Sea, in an effort to avoid any tension that could arise between the two countries.  


USCG Search for Fishing Boat Near Majuro

This image is of 82-foot fishing vessel Clear Water 02. Coast Guard aircraft and good Samaritan vessels are searching for the vessel and its nine crew members after it failed to return to port. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy ph

The Coast Guard continues the search for an overdue 82-foot commercial fishing vessel near the Republic of Marshall Islands, Saturday. Fishing vessel Clear Water 02 reportedly went missing with nine people aboard while en route Majuro for offload, Thursday.


Fisherman Medevaced near Cape Cod

A crewman was medically evacuated from a fishing boat by U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews 110 miles east of Cape Cod, Friday.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center received an urgent call from the fishing vessel Capt Joe stating that a 62-year-old crew






 
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