Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Fishing vessel suspected of illegal large-scale high-sea drift net fishing. (Photo: USCG, Cutter Munro)

New legislation would let Coast Guard sink pirate vessels

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Friday, November 18, 2011, 23:50 (GMT + 9)

Alaska Senator Mark Begich and Representative Don Young this week introduced a piece of legislation that would allow the US Coast Guard (USCG) to get rid of ships caught illegally fishing in various ways.

Begich and Young worry that auctioning off the usually old and poorly maintained pirate fishing vessels will lead them to end up back in the pirate fishing trade. The last high seas drift netter seized by USCG and sold by the government, the Arctic Wind, is now at an unknown location.

The Senate hopes to ratify a new treaty that will let the US seize pirate fishing vessels and perhaps increase the number of them the government has to dispose of.

The government will take ships that are still salvageable for other purposes and have them scrapped and recycled, put into service for "developing nations for use in fisheries patrol and enforcement activities," or transfer them to other government agencies or nonprofits for research or training.

The Pirate Fishing Vessel Disposal Act of 2011 was drafted in response to last September’s case of the vessel the Bangun Perkasa, which was found with 30 tonnes of illegally caught squid and 30 sharks 2,600 mi southwest of Kodiak, Alaska. The vessel was infested with rats and Begich called for its sinking, Alaska Dispatch reports.

But the boat was salvaged instead and had its rat population exterminated, before being transferred by the Coast Guard to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who would sell it after determining the extent of the illegal fishing. The crew, made up of 22 members of Indonesian, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese nationality, were deported out of Seattle, Washington.

The new legislation would allow USCG to sink any illegal fishing vessels in the future once they have been made safe for the sea environment, moved to at least 50 mi offshore and water at least 1 mi-deep, as part of a live-fire exercise.

“Even though it’s the 21st century, pirates are still a threat to our way of life,” Young said in the press release announcing the legislation. “By illegally fishing, pirates are hurting our economy by stealing our resources, mainly our fish.”

“With this legislation, we are letting these thieves know that their ships will be blown into oblivion if they try and steal our fish,” he stated.

Related article:

- Senate to decide on treaty to stop illegal fishing

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
New Zealand
Nov 22, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Aquaculture delivers in tough fishing year
United Kingdom
Nov 22, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Seafish Scottish Premiere of ‘The Business of Processing’ Film
United States
Nov 22, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Cod rules could trap lobstermen
Canada
Nov 22, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Lobster fishery predictions suggest lower quality 2014
Canada
Nov 22, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - P.E.I. farmer fined for pesticide runoff that killed thousands of fish
Canada
Nov 22, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Aquaculture research proposed for abandoned fish plant
New Zealand
Nov 22, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - International Maritime Institute of NZ launched at NMIT
Iceland
Nov 22, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Shetland fishermen want to scrap Faroese mackerel deal
United States
Nov 22, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - 'Excellent' 2015 pink salmon harvest predicted
United States
Nov 22, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Shrimping ban has midcoast suppliers worried about fishery’s future
India
Nov 22, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Over 240 shrimp farms near Surat airport to be removed
Brazil
Nov 21, 23:50 (GMT + 9):
Tuna load confiscated over banned gear issue
United States
Nov 21, 23:40 (GMT + 9):
NGOs sue NMFS over Pacific tuna fishing rule
Peru
Nov 21, 23:30 (GMT + 9):
New research vessel widens Peruvian coast assessments
United States
Nov 21, 23:10 (GMT + 9):
Real-time ocean acidification data provided to shellfish farmers



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Horse mackerel fishing right case postponed
Namibia The case between several firms holding horse mackerel fishing rights and the minister of fisheries and marine resources has been postponed to February next year by a judge after hearing oral arguments.
Shipowners claim rule change on sharks
Spain The ban on onboard shark processing to separate bodies from fins, presented by the European Commission as a necessary measure to prevent finning has again been ignored, for the sixth time, by the ICCAT.
WTO issues final ruling on shrimp anti-dumping measures
Viet Nam The World Trade Organisation has announced a panel belonging to this entity's final decision on Vietnam’s lawsuit against the US imposition of anti-dumping tax on certain warm-water frozen shrimp.
Spain and Guinea-Bissau extend fisheries-aquaculture cooperation memorandum
Spain The Governments of Spain and Guinea-Bissau signed an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to enhance the cooperation in fisheries and aquiculture issues.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER