Norway Supreme Court to Hear Snow Crab Case with Implication for Oil

By Gwladys Fouche OSLO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Norway's Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear arguments on whether EU ships can fish for snow crab off Arctic islands north of Norway without permission from Oslo, a case that could decide who has the right to explore for oil in the region. At stake is whether the snow crab - whose meat is considered a delicacy by gourmets in Japan … [Read more...]

Chinese Fish Carrier Aground on Deserted Island in the Marshall Islands

A Chinese fish carrier with 24 crew is aground on an uninhabited atoll in the Marshall Islands. The ship, identified as the 308-foot Chinese-flagged commercial fishing carrier Ou Ya Leng No. 6, ran aground Wednesday on Taka Atoll. Maritime Rescue Coordination Center China personnel notified the U.S. Coast Guard at 4:15 a.m. of a fishing vessel taking on water 180 … [Read more...]

AIS Problems Revealed in East China Sea

By Laura Kovary (Environmental Maritime Services) -  Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) are causing problems for mariners transiting waters where there are high concentrations of fishing vessels, particularly in the East China Sea. The issue is not the fault of the AIS but the inappropriate use of the technology. Local fisherman discovered that by putting AIS … [Read more...]

Franco-British Scallop Dispute Flares Up

by Geert De Clercq (Reuters) - French and British fisherman pledged talks to quell a high-seas dispute over access to the scallop-rich seabed in the Baie de Seine after French vessels chased their rivals out of the zone, hurling projectiles and insults. French vessels rammed British scallop dredgers on Tuesday off the coast of Normandy in an attack English fisherman … [Read more...]

Alaska Commercial Fishermen Brace For China Tariff Pain

By Yereth Rosen (Reuters) - Alaska fishermen are used to coping with fickle weather and wild ocean waves. Now they face a new challenge: the United States’ trade war with China, which buys $1 billion in Alaskan fish annually, making it the state’s top seafood export market. Beijing, in response to the Trump administration’s move to implement extra levies on Chinese goods, … [Read more...]