IN BRIEF - Fine of GBP 26,677 imposed for fisheries offences
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
On 7 July 2017 JJR Fishing Limited, owner of the fishing vessel Golden Sceptre PD50 and its master, James West, pleaded guilty to 2 breaches of the Fisheries Act 1981 at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that in January 2017 the vessel was boarded by officers from the Royal Navy fisheries protection vessel HMS Severn which was carrying out fisheries enforcement duties in the area. During the inspection it was identified that the vessel was not transmitting on its Automatic Identification System (AIS), contrary to Section 30(1) of the Fisheries Act 1981 as read with article 10 of Council regulation (EC) No. 1224/2009. When questioned about this by the officers Mr West, who is also a director of JJR Fishing Limited, replied that he had turned the system off in order that other vessels would not be able to see where he was fishing.
The court also heard that Mr West had failed to comply with the obligation to submit a fishing vessel logbook, in that he had not submitted any fishing activity reports for two days’ worth of fishing activity.
Crab fisherman Stewart McDonald is steaming mad that he may soon be prevented by the Port of Vancouver from dropping crab traps around Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, where he's fished for more than two decades.
"We fish there all the time," McDonald said from his home base in False Creek, where he has operated for the past 20 years.
McDonald says the fishing grounds, especially the water to the west of the Lions Gate Bridge are fertile crab and prawn areas, representing tens of thousands of dollars worth of harvest for him a year.
"People would be shocked by the amount of healthy sea life down there," he said.
President Edgar Lungu has launched a USD 50 Million fish project under the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development Project.
The project is themed “Zambia Aquaculture on the path of Sustainable growth.
President Lungu says 1,200 fish farmers and entrepreneurs comprising 50 percent women and youth will benefit from the project.
The Head of state says approximately 50,000 indirect beneficiaries will also enjoy the benefits of the projects which includes entrepreneurs in the aquaculture value chain such as fish processors, fish traders, fish transporters and employees.
PITTSBURGH, PA – Giant Eagle is voluntarily recalling packages of breaded shrimp due to an undeclared egg allergen.
The Giant Eagle Brand Breaded Shrimp was sold in the prepared foods grab-and-go sections in Giant Eagle and Market District stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland through Thursday, October 19 2017. The packages have a UPC number that begins with 286815.
People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs are at risk of a serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat the shrimp. For those without such an allergy, the shrimp are safe to eat.
Customers with an egg allergy who bought the affected shrimp should dispose of it or return it to their local Giant Eagle or Market District store for a refund.
The incident occurred Thursday near the coastal border of New Brunswick and Maine.
"Our fishery officers intercepted a U.S. lobster fishing vessel that was fishing illegally within our Canadian fisheries waters about midday Oct. 19," said Todd Somerville, area chief for conservation and protection in southwest New Brunswick.
"We intercepted the vessel. At that point fishery officers board the vessel and then they initiate their investigation. Because it was a U.S. vessel, we do reach out to U.S. law enforcement. … They also responded."
A sum of USD 260,000 will be disbursed to support Seychellois fishermen with projects that encourage sustainable fisheries and management of marine areas.
The fund, which was officially launched on Thursday, is called a 'Blue Grant' and is an initiative of the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT).
The Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, said that the launching is a call for individuals who are interested in the Blue Economy, fishing and environment to send their proposals.
New England’s shrimp fishery will be managed differently if it ever reopens.
Fishermen haven’t been allowed to catch Maine shrimp since 2013. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved a new set of restrictions for the fishery Thursday in the event it does one day reopen.
Fishermen used to catch the shrimp in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The new restrictions include a requirement that shrimp trawlers use new gear to minimize the catch of small shrimp. There would also be maximum fishing season lengths, penalties for states that exceed quotas and a new state-by-state allocation program.
An arm of the commission is set to vote Nov. 29 2017 on whether the fishery can reopen next year.