Sierra Leone News: Illegal fishing threatens fisheries – Marine report

Despite government’s efforts and donor funding, illegal fishing accounts for about 30% of catches by industrial foreign fleets in Sierra Leone, says a new study published in Marine Policy, an academic journal published by Elsevier, in the U.K. The study estimates that more than 42,000 tonnes of fish were caught illegally in 2015 alone.

The paper states, in the past decade, industrial foreign vessels have increased their presence and illegal activities in Sierra Leonean waters either on their own or by enticing small-scale fishers into illicit partnerships, such as acting as transshipment vessels in near shore areas.

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2nd US Navy Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Asia Pacific

A second supercarrier has entered the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet area of operations.

By Franz-Stefan Gady

The nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz, the lead ship of her class, has deployed to the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. Navy announced on June 22.

The Nimitz strike group consisting of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, USS Kidd, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton arrived in the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet area of operations on June 21.

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Navy deploy stations in Akwa Ibom waterways

The Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area said it had deployed two Naval Security Stations in Akwa Ibom waterways to forestall maritime illegalities.

The Commander, NNS Jubilee, Commodore Saidu Garba, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Ikot Abasi. He said the two naval security stations were deployed to Okpobo and Ataba rivers to checkmate activities of oil thieves in Akwa Ibom waterways.

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Maritime agency capable of meeting threats, says new chief

By Jonathan Edward

PUTRAJAYA, June 23 — Newly appointed Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director-general Admiral Datuk Indera Zulkifli Abu Bakar tells  the challenges the agency faces and what solutions he will initiate to meet them.

MALAY MAIL: What is the agency about and what direction would you like to see the agency moving in?

ZULKIFLI ABU BAKAR: Our core business is maintaining a high state of readiness at all times and the capability to carry out missions in all-weather conditions including patrols, search and rescue and anti-piracy operations.

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Former Niger-Delta militants begin new agitation

Author: Eromosele Ebhomele

Former militant leaders in the Niger Delta region are currently demanding 30 percent pipeline surveillance money saying this must be directly paid to each of the leaders and not through a single individual.

Speaking in Benin City, Edo state, some of the former militants including Awe Akuke, Indian Fineboy Kolotor, and Augustine Aboh, said there were plans by few of their leaders to hijack the money.

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Source: https://www.naij.com/

On the trail of the ghost ships

Timothy Compston discovers that more and more ships are turning off their AIS (Automatic Identification System) or even switching their identities completely to sail under the security radar.

When employed properly AIS (Automatic Identification System), which provides a unique identification for each vessel as well as its position, course and speed, is invaluable from a safety and operational perspective as part of collision avoidance and traffic monitoring. Of course, no system is fool-proof and, unfortunately, a growing number of ships are making waves by circumventing AIS to disguise their nefarious activities, raising real security concerns as they change identity or simply disappear.

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29 ‘Abu Sayyaf bandits’ arrested in Sulu

By BONG GARCIA

TWENTY-NINE suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested in a raid in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military official announced Wednesday.

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said the suspects were arrested around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Bangkal, Patikul town.

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Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/

End Piracy in the Gulf of Aden

By Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, US Navy (Retired)

Steaming off the coast of Somalia on the morning of 13 March 2017, the motor vessel Aris 13 came under attack by two skiffs and was taken hostage by Somali pirates. For the first time in more than five years Somali pirates were successful in taking a commercial vessel hostage. At the height of piracy in 2010, almost 200 vessels were attacked and nearly 50 vessels captured annually. Was the capture of the Aris 13 a sign that piracy has returned?

Transiting from Djibouti to the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Aris 13 decided to save time and fuel by navigating within striking distance of the Somali coast and outside the internationally recognized transit corridor (IRTC) that offers the protection of several naval task forces patrolling the region.

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First aid ship from Turkey setting sail for Qatar

Turkey has already sent 105 cargo aircraft to Qatar amid embargo by some Arab states after diplomatic row in Gulf region

The first Turkish ship carrying aid to Qatar is departing Wednesday amid a recent embargo by a handful of other Arab states, said Turkey’s economy minister.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Nihat Zeybekci said that Turkey will continue to help Qatar with the hope that the Gulf crisis will end soon.

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Source: http://aa.com.tr/

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Indonesia reaffirms support for PH’s fight vs. terrorism

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to help the Philippines fight the threat of terrorism in Mindanao, Malacañang said on Thursday.

This came after it was revealed that President Duterte spoke with Widodo over the telephone Wednesday night to discuss security matters following the threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) to establish a caliphate in Asia.

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Source: http://news.mb.com.ph/