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

EJF was Second Place Winner of the IMCS Network 's ‘Stop IUU Fishing Award’. (Photo Credit: EJF)

EJF awarded IMCS Network ‘Stop IUU Fishing Award’

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Friday, February 21, 2014, 22:30 (GMT + 9)

Yesterday, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) was announced as the Second Place Winner of the IMCS Network ‘Stop IUU Fishing Award’ for its unique system of illegal fishing alerts (so called “IUU Alerts”) and community-based fisheries surveillance in Sierra Leone.
EJF works with fishing communities in Sierra Leone and Liberia to monitor vessels and record irrefutable evidence of trawlers fishing illegally in the Inshore Exclusion Zone (IEZ). Evidence including photographs, video and GPS coordinates of offending fishing trawlers are submitted to coastal, flag and port States to ensure vessels are sanctioned and their catch is not exported to the world’s valuable seafood markets.

Where IUU fish is identified as entering the EU seafood market, EJF’s IUU Alerts are submitted to the European Commission and Member States, who are empowered to block fishery products, investigate boats and take action against "non-cooperating" countries under the EU IUU Regulation, which came into force at the beginning of 2010.

Since January 2010, EJF has received over 275 pirate fishing incidents reported by over 25 different communities and was able to film more than 10 boats in the act of illegal fishing. As a result of evidence gathered through the community surveillance project and the transmission of IUU Alerts, the positive outcomes of the project include:

  • Fines in excess of USD 500,000 were collected by the Sierra Leone Government.
  • In March 2011, the European Commission launched the largest enforcement action since the EU IUU Regulation came into force, seizing USD 6 million worth of fish in the Spanish port of Las Palmas (the fish was later released but afterwards there was a significant tightening of controls in Las Palmas and other Spanish ports, and a 28 tonne consignment of fish was rejected after a subsequent EJF IUU Alert).
  • Evidence collected through the project was used to “yellow card” South Korea, which could lead to a ban on imports of fish from South Korean vessels. Korea has committed to imposing new rules on vessels operating in West Africa but so far there has not been a noticeable improvement.
  • Panama fined the Seta No. 73 refrigerated cargo vessel USD 200,000 following its transshipment with vessels documented operating illegally by the community surveillance boat.
  • Artisanal fishing communities in Sierra Leone are reporting better fish catches due to the reduction in trawler incursions and increased access to their preferred fishing grounds.
EJF’s work in action. (Photo Credit: EJF)

The key feature of EJF’s community surveillance work in Sierra Leone is the use of simple technologies and communication, which enable coastal communities to make a new and significant contribution to both the enforcement of domestic laws and the effective implementation of the EU IUU Regulation. The fishing communities were previously ignored as a key stakeholder in the fight against illegal fishing and they had no possibility to report the violations they witnessed to any enforcement agencies. 
With the use of affordable cameras, GPS and mobile phones, the fishers have proven themselves to be key participants in the monitoring and reporting of illegal fishing that has contributed to the arrest, sanctions and deterrence of illegal trawlers.

EJF says it is an honour for the organisation to be selected for the prestigious IMCS Network award, but most importantly, it is the recognition of the ongoing impacts of illegal fishing in Sierra Leone and the courageous efforts of local communities to stop it.

Related articles:

- EJF applauds IMO decision to combat pirate fishing vessels
- Spanish fishing vessels encouraged to request IMO identification numbers
- EJF warns illegal fish worth USD 14 million is bound to arrive  

[email protected]


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
Falkland Islands
Jul 19, 21:50 (GMT + 9):
Fishing industry foresees ‘significant’ impact of Brexit, contradicting lawmakers’ view
Jul 19, 21:30 (GMT + 9):
Anchovy quota for direct human consumption set at 150,000 tonnes
Jul 19, 21:10 (GMT + 9):
Fisheries sector celebrates entry into force of EU-Morocco agreement
Jul 19, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fishermen's association still against PSR project
New Zealand
Jul 19, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - LegaSea laments 'madness' of trying to manage NZ fisheries with property rights
United States
Jul 19, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Spinney Creek Shellfish files new aquaculture application
Jul 19, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fish farm on Cape Breton reserve pairs up with Cooke Aquaculture
Jul 19, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Massive fisheries, aquaculture prog underway to boost fishing industry: Advisor Skandan
United Kingdom
Jul 19, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
Salmon farmer’s GBP 5.7m investment to protect stock and seals paying off
United Kingdom
Jul 19, 18:00 (GMT + 9):
GBP 10 million technology fund to ‘revolutionise’ the fishing industry
Jul 19, 14:30 (GMT + 9):
Mowi announces a Purchase Agreement for the salmon company K. Strømmen Lakseoppdrett AS
Jul 19, 03:10 (GMT + 9):
Telangana-MPEDA MOU set to boost aquaculture exports
Viet Nam
Jul 19, 02:20 (GMT + 9):
Brands for panga fish 'urgently needed' to keep ahead of competition
Jul 19, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
Galician fish beginning to rot after 9 days stuck at Mauritania border
Republic of Ireland
Jul 19, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Shellfish company secures EUR 500,000 contract to supply Lidl stores in Spain and Portugal

Lawsuit claims Mazzetta-owned lobster company took advantage of man’s dementia
United States William Atwood sold his lobster business eight years ago to Maine Lobster and Processing, but a newer, amended lease precludes him from doing any lobster-related business in a separate property. T...
UK Parliament's sub-committee warns of lack of implementation of EU discard ban
United Kingdom The House of Lords' EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee publishes its follow-up report on wasteful fish discarding, six months on from the EU landing obligation coming into force. The EU landing ...
Strong growth of landings and exports of squid foreseen after reopening of Chinese market
Peru The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) estimates that the landings of squid (Dorytheutis gahi) will reach historical figures after the reopening of the Chinese market, going from 7,600 to 30,000 tons on...
Dongwon launches new tuna fishing vessel 'Jubilee'
South Korea Dongwon Industries, the country's largest deep-sea fishing company, has launched today its latest purse seiner, Jubilee, to modernize its increasingly aging fleet. The 2,200-ton vessel, launched to c...
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
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+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
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
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - 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.
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
Marona S.A.
Mowi ASA (formerly 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. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
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
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2019 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER