The toothfish poacher Pion, formerly Piscis, South Boy, Gale, Yin Peng, Chu Lim and the Bird has changed flag to Honduras. The vessel has been flagged to North Korea, Togo and Mongolia the last five years the .
The vessel is IUU listed by CCAMLR and by the South East Atlantic Fishery Organization SEAFO. The vessel is thus subject to sanctions like denial of access to port in the member states of these organizations such as the China, Korea, Japan, Australia, the EU, South Africa and Namibia.
Details on the vessel can be found here.
See and search the IUU vessel lis here.
The TV channel Al Jazeera is screening a two-part investigation which identifies and expose some of those involved in the multi-million dollar trade and to look in particular at its consequences for the impoverished West African nation of Sierra Leone.
In part one of Pirate Fishing reporter Juliana Ruhfus and producer Orlando von Einsiedel take to the seas off Sierra Leone with an NGO, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), which has been trying to raise awareness about the issue. see part one here.
Part two of the film will be shown on AL Jazeera tonight and available online shortly after.
The Coalition of Legal Tootfish Operators, has posted the Trygg Mat Combined IUU vessel list on their website.
COLTO was formed by the legal toothfish industry to eliminate toothfish poaching. The coalition has a long history of collaboration with governments, NGOs, industry and the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation for the Southern Oceans; CCAMLR.
Toothfish poaching has gone in waves. Some of the first to develop it were Norwegian long line vessel operators. (See FoE Norway toothfish_report_1997_english). In the late 1990′ies the first wave of poachers slowed down as ISOFISH, a coalition of NGOs, government and industry formed in 1997 and CCAMLR continued to present documentation on the owners, their nationalities and the trade routes for the product.
Colto was established after ISOFISH had decided that sufficient profiling and assistance had been given to authorities to enable effective control over toothfish IUU fishing. According to COLTO, the lack of an industry/conservation group “watchdog” saw increased activities by new, more highly organised, IUU operators.
At the moment four poachers and one transport vessel are actively poaching for toothfish. All of them are on the IUU vessel list. At the peak, between 50 and 60 vessels were illegally fishing for toothfish in CCAMLR waters, according to COLTO,
The Trygg Mat Foundation today launches an online, combined IUU vessel list. The list is published in cooperation with Stop Illegal Fishing, a Working Group of the NEPAD Agency’s Partnership for African Fisheries Programme. The NEPAD Agency is the implementing arm of the African Union.
The list contains all vessels black-listed by any of the eight Regional Management Organisations that currently operate lists of vessels that have been involved in IUU fishing. The list is continuously updated as the vessels change name, flag and/or call sign. There are also pictures of the vessels. Having all the vessels in one database with pictures and the latest information on these vessels will significantly improve fisheries law enforcement agencies’ ability to take sanctions against IUU fishing vessels. That the list is published in cooperation with a program of the African Union is also important. African coastal states are hit hard by IUU fishing from distant water fishing vessels. Increased efforts by these states over the past few years have shown that IUU fishers can be stopped.
The combined IUU vessel list contains both currently listed vessels and delisted vessels from 2004 until now, complete with historical data on names, flags, owners and operators. The TM foundation hopes the combined IUU vessel list will be useful for managers and fisheries law enforcement and invites feedback from the users and the general public.Newer posts →