Chinese Fisherman Shot To Death by Coast Guard

(Bloomberg) -- A Chinese fisherman died from injuries sustained in a South Korean coast guard raid after his vessel entered South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, adding to heightened tensions sparked by maritime disputes in the region. South Korea’s foreign ministry notified the Chinese embassy in Seoul about the death and will investigate the incident, the ministry … [Read more...]

True Global AIS – New Satellites Will Track Ships, Tuna & Mariners Globally

While the United States continues to struggle integrating AIS into the national data stream, Europe pushes forward with plans to acquire ship tracking data across a wide swath of ocean via satellite. ORBCOMM, via partner LuxSpace Sarl (LuxSpace), recently announced a multi-year framework contract to provide satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data used for ship … [Read more...]

Angola Invests in the Fight Against Illegal Fishing

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 set to strengthen its knowledge of and control over its rich fishing grounds.  The spectators at Damen's Romania based Galati … [Read more...]

US Congress Cracks Down on Pirate Fishing

(NOAA) A bill introduced in Congress yesterday would prevent pirate fishing vessels from entering U.S. ports to offload their illegally caught seafood. This pirate fishing is often called illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Administration bill, which implements an international agreement the United States helped negotiate, would benefit U.S. fishermen, … [Read more...]

Shark Remains, Rats and Rust – USCG Detains Illegal Drift Net Fishermen

  Earlier this month, the Coast Guard seized the Indonesian fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa and her crew for the suspected use of drift nets to fish the North Pacific Ocean. Renegade large-scale high-seas drift net fishing indiscriminately kills massive amounts of fish and other marine life such as whales and turtles. The practice of using enormous nets suspended for … [Read more...]