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Technology reveals hidden vessels

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Satellite radar and machine learning technology have been used to reveal previously unseen vessel activity around the world. International non-profit organisation Global Fishing Watch earlier...

ECOWAS urges cooperation to end illegal fishing

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West African officials are saying that the scourge of illegal fishing can only be addressed with a regionally united front. They are calling for...

Nations join forces to fight illegal fishing in Gulf of Guinea

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Benin, Ghana and Togo have signed a pact to work together to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Gulf of Guinea. Benin...

Drones offer extra eyes in illegal fishing battle

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As many African nations struggle to control illegal fishing, some are turning to drones as a relatively cheap way to conduct surveillance over vast...

ISS: Illegal fishing: another target in West Africa’s maritime battleground

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In a region already facing rampant piracy, the pillaging of fish stocks by industrial operators must be stopped. The United Nations Climate Change Conference’s (COP26)...

Illegal fishing linked to human rights abuses in Ghana

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Emmanuel Essien has been missing since July 2019. Essien, a 28-year-old Ghanaian fisheries observer, was working on board the Chinese trawler Meng Xin 15 when...

Fishing vessels ‘go dark’ to evade authorities, pirates

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Every time the Veracruz, a 108-meter refrigerated cargo ship, crossed the sea border from Namibia to Angola, it seemed to disappear. Possibly engaged in illegal,...

Maritime threats converge in Somalia

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Just as one maritime security challenge in Somalia seemed all but resolved, another one gained momentum. After years of declining pirate attacks off mainland Africa’s...

Sea Shepherd helps fight fisheries crime in Namibia

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International conservation group Sea Shepherd has teamed up with the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) to carry out surveillance activities in...

Maritime trials and tribulations

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The guilty verdict handed down in a Sao Tome and Principe courtroom echoed across the globe. A Chilean captain and two Spanish crew members of...

DAFF uses diplomatic channels to return funds held abroad

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Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the department will be triggering its diplomatic channels and legal remedies to have...

Centre to fight illegal fishing to be set up

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As a signatory to the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Protocol on Fisheries, South Africa will play a significant role in the...

Mozambique Navy to use seized fishing vessel for patrols

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The Mozambican Defence Ministry has accepted the seized fishing vessel Antillas Reefer into service and will use it as a fishing monitoring...

South Africa not yet party to new international illegal fishing accord

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Twenty-nine countries have committed to a new UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing but...

Another three Chinese fishing trawlers escorted into a SA port

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A call for assistance to the SA Navy by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to assist in monitoring and...

SAMSA investigating seized Chinese trawler

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The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is investigating a Chinese fishing vessel seized by authorities after it and eight others were...

ISS: How can Senegal combat illegal fishing?

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The Senegalese coastline is one of Africa's richest fishing grounds. Generations of communities have depended on fishing to make a living, but...

EUCAP Nestor holds maritime security workshop in Mogadishu

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On May 26th EUCAP Nestor and the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) co-hosted the second workshop on maritime cooperation for maritime security...

Russian trawler impounded for illegal fishing

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Senegal has seized a Russian trawler fishing illegally in its waters, the fisheries minister said on Sunday, as the country seeks to...

The African Union tackles illegal fishing in African waters

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According to a recent report released by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the annual "turnover" of illegal and unreported fishing world...

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