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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.


India, Sri Lanka Exchange Fishermen at Maritime Border

Picture: Indian Coast Guard

 Sri Lanka and India exchanged the fishermen who were detained in each other's jails for trespassing into their territorial waters.  A total of 15 Indian fishermen, who were in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities, reached Karaikal


Greece Delegates New Authority to RS

New authority delegated to RS by the Maritime Administration of the Hellenic Republic   A new agreement governing the delegation of authority for statutory surveys of ships flying the Greek flag and shipping companies was signed between the Ministry of Shipping


Satellites to Track Illegal 'Pirate Fishing'

File photo

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."  


New Satellite System to Track Illegal "Pirate Fishing"

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."


Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel are responded to the sinking of the 80-foot fishing vessel Eyak approximately 13 miles south of Sitka Harbor, Monday.   Sector Juneau personnel will monitor the sunken vessel for signs of pollution until the owner can salvage the vessel.  


Five Airlifted from Sea after Fishing Vessel Sinks

The U.K. Coastguard was notified of a fishing vessel in distress just before 11 a.m. this morning. The Iuda Naofa, a 23-meter Irish fishing vessel, was taking on water 48 miles north of the Butt of Lewis, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.  


Taiwan's Coast Guard to Open New Base

Courtesy: Coast Guard Administration,Taiwan

Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) plans to open a new base in disputed waters north of Taiwan in May 2016.  The new base at Port of Taipei in New Taipei is expected to strengthen the Coast Guard's enforcement of maritime law.   


Illegal Fishing Vessels in Southern Ocean

Illegal fishing vessels fail to comply with New Zealand Navy’s attempts to board   The captains of two illegal vessels in the Southern Ocean have refused to allow the New Zealand Navy to board after HMNZS Wellington hailed and attempted to board both vessels


Ailing Fisherman Medevaced Near Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Diana Honings

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing fisherman from the fishing vessel Irene H in the Shelikof Strait near Kodiak Island Tuesday.   The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the Irene H, safely hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported


USCG Respond to Sunken Vessel in Honolulu Harbor

The Coast Guard and Hawaii Department of Transportation are responding to a diesel fuel spill from a sunken vessel in Honolulu Harbor, Jan. 12, 2015. Fishing vessel Judy K is a derelict vessel that is the possession of the

  The Coast Guard and Department of Transportation Harbors are responding to a diesel fuel spill from an abandoned fishing vessel that sank in Honolulu Harbor, Monday. The Coast Guard received notification at 6:30 p.m. Sunday from a reporting source that the 77 - foot fishing vessel Judy


Meercat Delivers First Workboat Under New Ownership

Falls of Lora is now in operation with Dawnfresh Farming

Meercat Workboats have delivered its first vessel under the umbrella of new owners Burgess Marine with the hand-over of a 14m. workboat to Scottish fish farming specialists Dawnfresh Farming. Meercat completed the steel build, named the Falls of Lora, at its facilities in Portchester, Hampshire


US Navy Using Advanced Equipment in AirAsia Search

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) operates near the location where the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501l was discovered. Fort Worth is currently supporting Indonesian-led efforts to locate the downed aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by P. Turretto Ramos)

An eight-member team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 onboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is supporting the ongoing Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501 with advanced Tow Fish side scan sonar systems capable of providing high-resolution images of the ocean floor.  


Fisherman's Protest in Brazil Stalls Container Port

Photo courtesy of Port of Itajai

A protest by fishermen at the container shipping port of Itajai in southern Brazil has prevented several ships from entering or leaving, the local port authority said on Tuesday.   Fishermen started protesting government measures to stop fishing of endangered species on Monday


USCG Search for Missing Diver South of Key Westm FLA

Algae growing on the sunken vessel USS Vandenberg

  Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a missing diver five nautical miles south of Key West, Florida, Saturday afternoon. Missing is Jim Bakazan, 50, wearing a black wet suit. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received the report from the motor vessel


HMAS Launceston Assists Ill Mariner

The navy has provided medical assistance to a Chinese mariner who fell ill aboard a fishing boat.

  HMAS Launceston assisted in the medical evacuation of a critically ill Chinese mariner from a Chinese fishing vessel, 80 nautical miles south-east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean on the afternoon of 1 January, 2015.   The request for Launceston’s assistance came from






 
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