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AustraliaIUU

Two Vietnamese fishing vessels have been destroyed and their captains and crew have been given jail time after they were found to be illegally harvesting sea cucumber in Australia’s Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve sanctuary zone in May and June.

Surveillance aircraft from the Australia Border Force originally spotted the vessels on 31 May in the marine reserve near Lihou Reef, approximately 600 kilometers east of Ciarns, Queensland. The ABF’s Maritime Border Command apprehended the...

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Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson, the actress and celebrity famed for her role in the television series Baywatch, has joined the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to call for an investigation into salmon farms in British Columbia, Canada and a campaign for consumers not to eat farmed salmon.

Anderson, a Canadian native who grew up in British Columbia, is the chairman of the board of Sea Shephard, an activist environmental nonprofit. On 18 July, the organization announced the launch of Operation Virus Hunter...

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Bluefin Tuna Pew

With the Pacific bluefin tuna population at 2.6 percent of its historic size and international commissions failing to agree on a recovery plan, on Tuesday, 19 July, The Pew Charitable Trusts called for a two-year moratorium on commercial fishing to allow stocks to rebuild.

Last month, a dozen other environmental groups including Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice, submitted a petition to the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service to list the...

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Guinea

A European Commission red card implemented on Guinea in 2013, which prohibited fisheries imports from that country into the European Union, was removed on Wednesday, 13 July.

The commission made the decision to rescind its red card after Guinea made “significant” improvements to its national fisheries governance to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, it said in a press release.

“This is an important decision for the Commission and for the Republic of Guinea, and good news...

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Abalone

A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has granted the Pacific Legal Foundation’s (PLF) request to reinstate rules set in place 30 years ago designed to protect abalone and other shellfish resources from sea otters off of the coast of Southern California.

Targeting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allegedly illegally eliminating a “sea otter management zone” established by Congress under a 1986 statute, the lawsuit was lodged by PLF on behalf of fishermen, a California state...

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