EU nations authorized their vessels to unlawfully fish in African waters

WRITTEN BY Abdi Latif Dahir

For more than three years, European Union members states authorized unlawful fishing activities off the coast of Africa in contravention of common regional laws and policies, a new report shows.

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization for ocean conservation, said that Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain violated the laws of the European Common Fisheries Policy by awarding private fishing authorizations to vessels, which granted them access to waters in The Gambia and Equatorial Guinea. Using an online monitoring tool, Oceana recorded 19 EU-flagged vessels that illegally fished for almost 32,000 hours in African waters from April 2012 through to August 2015.

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Migrant crisis: smuggler gangs use Facebook to advertise sea crossings, fake passports and onward journeys

Billy Kenber, Investigations Reporter

Facebook is allowing people smugglers to openly advertise sea crossings, fake passports and other services to migrants looking to cross the Mediterranean.

The tech company and publisher hosts large numbers of posts from traffickers offering to transport migrants to Europe by boat for up to $5,000 per person.

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The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso



Nestor Tabares must have known the hijackers were out there, waiting. It was his 13th day at sea aboard the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso, and as the ship turned east, into the pirate-strewn waters off Somalia, the 54-year-old chief engineer would have understood that it made for an obvious target. With a top speed of less than 13 knots and stretching 300 yards from bow to rusting stern, the black-hulled Brillante was plodding into the world’s most dangerous shipping lane with a cargo worth $100 million.

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Greek coast guard opens fire on Turkish cargo ship in the Aegean

The Greek coast guard opened warning fire on a Turkish cargo ship in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Rhodes island on Monday.

The cargo ship named M/V ACT was carrying steel from the southern port of İskenderun to İzmit in the northwest when the Greek coast guard called on the ship to divert its course to Rhodes, Turkey-based Deniz Haber Ajansı reported.

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EU to discuss more migrant help for Italy in next week – Juncker

TALLINN (Reuters) – The EU executive will discuss further measures with Italy and Greece in the coming week to help the Mediterranean states deal with irregular migrants, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.

Asked at a news conference what, in particular, the Commission might do to help Italy, where arrivals from Libya are up a third on a year ago, Juncker said: “I will see with the Italian prime minister, with the Greek prime minister, during the coming week what further efforts the Commission can line up to relieve Italy and Greece in their difficult struggles.”

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Belize-flagged ship hauled in for fishing violations in Somalia

Illegal fishing, aside from piracy, remains a primary concern for maritime law enforcement globally. In Belizean waters, there have been numerous reports of Guatemalan fishermen unlawfully harvesting our marine resources.  Oddly enough, the shoe is on the other foot, except that it involves a Greek-owned vessel and a crew of men who have never set foot on Belizean soil or sailed our high seas.

The Greko 1, a trawler operating illegally within Somali waters, flies the Belizean standard, after receiving permission from the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize two years ago.  Tonight, it is grounded in Mombasa, the chief seaport of Kenya.

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Operation SOPHIA: signed the agreement on Libyan Coast Guard and Navy Training

“The Memorandum Of Understanding signed today, is another key step towards the beginning of the cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy”.

With these words Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Enrico Credendino , EUNAVFOR MED Operation Commander, welcomed today 23 August 2016, the Memorandum of Understanding on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy with the Libyan representative.

The agreement was signed this morning by the Operation Commander and Commodore Abdalh Toumia, Commander of Libyan Coastguard and Port Security in the EUNAVFOR MED Headquarters in Rome.

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