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China Fishery factory vessel Damanzaihao, previously known as Lafayette.
Photo: Marine Traffic
Belize has revoked its registration of China Fishery-owned factory vessel Damanzaihao.
For many years now, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, more commonly known as Chatham House, has hosted a forum to discuss issues related to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Considered to be the second most influential think tank in the world after the Brookings Institute, Chatham House has a core mission to promote a greater understanding of international issues and current affairs. Many influential speakers have graced the Chatham House podium throughout the years, including Ban Ki-Moon and Madeline Albright.
On April 16, 2018, Sea Shepherd Legal kicked off a three-day workshop in Lima, Peru. A resounding success, the workshop built upon a comprehensive webinar we conducted in November 2017. In attendance at the workshop were a wide range of government officials, including representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Production (fisheries), customs, the Coast Guard, the judiciary and the national prosecutor’s office.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declares to oil and gas industry leaders that his Department should be a “partner” with industry and requiring long regulatory reviews of energy projects is “un-American.”
Scottish Parliamentary report warns salmon farming expansion "may cause irrecoverable damage to the environment.”
With only two years remaining until the U.N. deadline for 10% coverage of the global oceans by marine protected areas, the world is falling woefully short. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/marine-protected-areas-assessment-environment-conservation-spd/
It is not often that we praise the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the federal agency in charge of oceanic fisheries and administration of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with respect to marine species. In this post, we give credit where it’s due — with a few very important caveats.
On January 22, NMFS issued a final rule listing the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) as “threatened” under the ESA. NMFS rendered this decision in response to a November 2015 petition by Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders). Sea Shepherd Legal lent its support to this petition by jointly filing comments with Defenders in April 2016.
On March 13, 2017, the Liberian Coast Guard arrested the Nigerian-flagged Fishing Vessel (F/V) Star Shrimper XXV with the assistance of Sea Shepherd crew for committing several offenses (see article here). It was actively fishing without a Liberian fishing license, apprehended in an inshore exclusion zone (IEZ) reserved for local artisanal fishermen, and caught fishing without the mandatory Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) required of all “sustainably-certified” shrimp trawlers.
The Star Shrimper XXV is part of a fleet of ‘sustainably-certified’ fishing vessels owned by Atlantic Shrimpers Ltd that is licensed by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to export shrimp to the United States. Certification requires vessels to use TEDs to reduce by-catch of turtles. Known as the “Section 609” certification process, this program extends TED requirements to vessels of nations importing shrimp to the United States. TEDs are grates attached to the mouths of shrimp trawl nets that keep sea turtles and other marine life out of the nets. Given that the United States is the world’s largest single importer of shrimp, the Section 609 program serves as a critical tool in the protection of sea turtles (and other marine life) around the world.
On November 9th and 10th, Sea Shepherd Legal conducted an intensive workshop with key actors from the Peruvian government, including environmental prosecutors, Coast Guard captains, administrators from the Ministry of Environment, and customs officials, among others. Entitled "Prácticas de Vanguardia Contra la Pesca INDNR: Lecciones de Otras Jurisdicciones" ("Cutting-Edge Practices in the Fight Against IUU Fishing: Lessons from Other Jurisdictions"), Sea Shepherd Legal's workshop addressed a broad range of topics related to combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.