Gambia turns to private sector for maritime protection patrols

Gambia is negotiating deals with three private companies to crack down on rampant illegal fishing in its territorial waters, a senior official with the fisheries ministry said.

Made possible by poor monitoring capacity and, in some cases, corrupt local officials, illegal fishing costs West Africa’s coastal nations around $2.3 billion a year, according to a recent study.

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The fishing wars are coming

By James G. Stavridis and Johan Bergenas

James G. Stavridis was the 16th supreme allied commander at NATO and is dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Johan Bergenas is senior director for public policy at Vulcan Inc.

Lawmakers are finally catching up to something that the Navy and Coast Guard have known for a long time: The escalating conflict over fishing could lead to a “global fish war.”

This week, as part of the pending National Defense Authorization Act, Congress asked the Navy to help fight illegal fishing. This is an important step. Greater military and diplomatic efforts must follow. Indeed, history is full of natural-resource wars, including over sugar, spices, textiles, minerals, opium and oil. Looking at current dynamics, fish scarcity could be the next catalyst.

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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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Analysis: Maritime insecurity

by ​Neil Thompson

New offshore oil and gas finds off Africa’s coastline are drawing closer attention to the state of the continent’s maritime security, particularly off West Africa, where a jump in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea were recorded in 2016.

Africa remains one of the last frontiers for oil and gas, with significant discoveries there leading to some expectation that the continent’s importance as an energy producer is set to grow well into the 21st century.

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Ecuador detains Chinese boat with endangered sharks

Authorities in Ecuador have detained the crew of a Chinese fishing boat suspected to have caught endangered sharks in the Galapagos Islands.

The Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was found on Sunday in the archipelago, which is a marine reserve, carrying 300 tonnes of fish.

Most of the catch was sharks, including protected species such as hammerheads.

About 20 crew members face up to three years in prison if found guilty of trafficking protected species.

The Galapagos archipelago is an UNESCO world heritage site because of the rich bio-diversity found in the area.

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Somalia Denounces Economic Impact of Piracy at Regional Meeting

The Somali Government denounced today at a regional meeting in this capital city the economic damage caused by piracy and other related scourges such as illegal fishing and human trafficking along the country”s 3,000 kilometer coast.

Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Abdirahman Mohamed Abdi Hashi said at the meeting, called by the Maritime Security Coordination Committee (MSCC) of Somalia and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa, that such scourges are a great concern to Somali people.

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Iran’s IRGC seizes trespassing Saudi vessel in Persian Gulf

The Navy of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has seized a Saudi vessel after it trespassed on the country’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, an official with the Fisheries Organization of Bushehr Province says.

Ardeshir Yarahmadi said on Saturday that the Saudi vessel, with five Indians on board, was seized near the Farsi port in the waters off the southern Iranian province of Bushehr on Friday.

He added that all of the vessel’s crew members were detained and handed over to judicial officials of the province.

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China donates patrol boat to Ivory Coast

China has donated a patrol boat to the Ivory Coast to combat maritime crime and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

The vessel was handed over by Chinese Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire Tang Weibin on 14 July, and accepted by Cote d’Ivoire’s defence minister Alain Donwahi. “This donation will allow the Navy of Cote d’Ivoire to take off. This is a major step in Sino-Ivorian cooperation,” Donwahi is reported by Xinhua as saying.

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Malaysia: Syndicates stealing fish from our waters

UNSCRUPULOUS local businessmen are believed to be in cahoots with foreign fishermen to deplete the country’s marine resources at the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The EEZ in the east coast, which is rich in fish supply, covers an area of 121,491 sq km off a 532km coastline spanning across Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. It is also at this zone that most of the foreign fishing vessels are believed to be operating indiscriminately.

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