Piracy taskforce makes time for fishermen

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The security and safety of the fishermen of Somalia who are supporting their own communities is as important to European piracy taskforce EU NAVFOR as maritime security is to major international shipping cargo companies.

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Fined for breaching small fishing vessel rules

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The owner of a small fishing vessel has been fined a total of £15,628 after being prosecuted by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency for operating an unsafe vessel and failing to comply with the small fishing vessel code of practice.

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Work in Fishing Convention 188 shows its teeth

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A first vessel detention has taken place under the International Labour Organisation Work in Fishing Convention that came into force last year. The 380gt vessel was detained in Cape Town following inspections and complaints made by the crew.

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Industry, NGOs and UN want socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable fisheries

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Participants in a side event on social issues held during the current 33rd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) session have made clear that despite the progress in health and safety operations, insufficient attention has been given by governments to the implementation of essential principles of international law for the protection of fishing people, making fishing remain a hazardous activity.

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Project SeSafe aims to transform Australian fishing’s safety culture

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Project SeSafe, funded by the FRDC, AMSA, and the commercial fishing industry, commenced this year in early March. The project is designed to raise awareness and improve safety performance in the Australian fishing and aquaculture industry, by aiming for zero deaths at sea, a significant reduction in workplace injuries, and 100% compliance with safety regulations.

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Dry oilskins – happy crew

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Dutch company Pronomar, which specialises in supplying drying systems for work gear, such as oilskins, boots, gloves and other PPE, has seen interest growing in the company’s systems and has been increasingly supplying fishing vessels.

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SeaWise trials to improve safety at sea

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Fishermen from all over the UK are being invited to participate in research trials with the SeaWise stability monitor and play their part in improving safety at sea.

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Long hours? Faroese fishermen remain laid back

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Contrary to the claims of numerous reports that working unsocial hours can result in illness, a new report shows that this doesn’t apply to Faroese fishermen – even though they routinely work 84-hour weeks for three months at a stretch.

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