Taiwanese fishing vessels caught killing dolphins, finning sharks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The NGO Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has reportedly completed a new report that charges illegal and unethical conduct aboard many of Taiwan’s fishing vesse...

Ex-sheriff's captain avoids jail in illegal fishing scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts sheriff's office captain convicted of helping the fishing magnate known as the "Codfather" smuggle the proceeds of his illegal fishing schemes to Portugal has avoi...

Mexico's vaquita porpoise gets new chance; 6 sighted

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts want to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where the critically endangered vaquita porpoise remains after they sighted about a half dozen of the elusive creature...

Mexican judge frees suspect of poaching in vaquita habitat

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has ordered the release of a man suspected of involvement in illegal fishing that endangers the world's smallest porpoise. The arrest of Oscar Pa...

Taiwan nabs truck-load of illegal shark meat

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan authorities seized over 30 tones of illegal shark meat at Kaohsiung Xiagang Fishing Harbor (高雄小港漁港) on Sept. 5, the Fisheries Agency (漁業署) said in a statement yeste...

Mexico nabs alleged gang hitman also tied to illegal fishing

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico's Baja California state say they have arrested a drug gang hitman who also allegedly ran fish-harvesting operations that have endangered the rare vaquita porpo...

Taiwan seeks removal from EU illegal fishing watch list with tighter regulation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Executive Yuan of Taiwan passed an amendment Sept. 13 proposing stricter regulations for fishing that will see violators given fines of up to NT$2.5 million (US$80,475...

Vietnam, Indonesia vow to fight illegal fishing, boost trade

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says his country and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade. ...

Ecuador, US resuming cooperation in anti-drug flights

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador says it is resuming an anti-drug air operation with the U.S. a decade after the South American nation booted the U.S. military from an air base. Vice Mi...

Pacific leaders expected to sign new security agreement

NAURU (AP) — Pacific leaders meeting in Nauru are expected to sign a security agreement addressing climate change and crimes such as drug smuggling and illegal fishing that cross borders. ...

Mexico says 300 sea turtles killed in illegal fishing net

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 300 sea turtles have died on Mexico's southern Pacific coast after they were trapped in an abandoned illegal fishing net. The office for environmental protec...

Indonesia sinks 125 mostly foreign illegal fishing vessels

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has sunk 125 mostly foreign vessels involved in illegal fishing as it ramps up efforts to exert greater control over its vast maritime territory. ...

Vietnam’s response to China’s militarized fishing fleet

HANOI (East Asia Forum) -- China has long been infamous for incorporating maritime militias into its fishing industry to assert its sovereignty claims. With the world’s largest fishing fleet, co...

Court: Ban seafood caught with nets that harm tiny porpoises

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered the U.S. government to ban imports of seafood caught by Mexican fisheries that use a net blamed for killing off the vaquita, the world's smallest and most-endangere...

Sheriff's captain guilty of helping 'Codfather' smuggle cash

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts sheriff's office captain has been convicted of helping a fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" smuggle profits of an illegal fishing scheme to Portugal. ...