Law Enforcement – NOAA identifies 7 Nations for Illegal Fishing Activities – September 2023

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified seven nations and entities for their illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in its 2023 report congress. Two of those nations were also cited for issues relating to forced labor, and two were identified for issues related to shark catch. The biennial report, titled 2023 Report to Congress […]

Fishing Vessel – Spanish Gill Netter NUESTRA MADRE LORETO

One of the Spanish Fishing Vessels that from time to time she’s seen in our waters is the 1997 built gill netter NUESTRA MADRE LORETO. She was built in Spain by Astilleros Cardama in Vigo with yard number 403 as NUESTRA MADRE LORETO homeported at Santa Pola since July 1997 with fishing matricola as 3ª […]

BFT Season 2023 – Cypriot Fishing Vessel MY HENDRIKA

The eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna was long a symbol of overfishing and fisheries mismanagement. Over the past decade, the stock has recovered, following the rebuilding measures introduced by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a highly migratory pelagic fish of impressive size (up […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – MFA 7053 CRYSTAL STARLIGHT

One of the Belgian built vessels trading around the Maltese Islands is the 1986 built 23.85 fishing vessel CRYSTAL STARLIGHT. Built by Fulton Marine NV at Ruisbroek, Belgium as the Belgian (BEL) vessel MANTA with call sign OPBL. She was seen in Malta back to May 2010 berthed at the Old Fishmarket. Then during August […]

Ships from Canada – Fishing Boat LYNSEY LENORE

One of the Great Lakes, Canada fishing boats is the 1992 built fishing boat LYNSEY LENORE. She’s also known as fish tug. She was built in Canada by Powell SY Shipbuilders Ltd at Maitland with 18.29 metres loa and 7.25 metres beam and maximum draft of 1.86 metres. Her official number is 807959 and homeported […]

Fishing Vessels – Maltese Fishing Support Workboat GANG PIL LEE

One of the Spanish built vessels trading in Malta is the 2002 built 25.23 metres long fishing support workboat GANG PIL LEE. She was built at Astilleros Nodosa at Marin Shipyard, Spain as yard number 247 and named as AJD 1 for the Maltese Blue Fin Tuna farming Venture AJD Tuna that was established in […]

BFT Season 2022 – Movements – 21 to 26.05.2022

May is here and Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season is here with interesting Turkish fishing vessels coming to tow tuna cages from various spots that belong to Licensed Tuna Farms – Saturday 21st May, 2022. 1453 hrs – 1993 built TUR flag purse seiner SUAYIP KETENCI with fishing matricola 34A 4901 entered Grand Harbour coming from […]

Fishing Vessels – Italian stern trawler REGINA

The first Italian stern trawler that entered Malta in 2022 was the 2005 built REGINA. She entered Grand Harbour on Friday 25th March at 2125 hrs berthing at Magazine Wharf. She was built at Cantiere Navale IL Carpentiere Di Asaro S.Ec Snc at Mazara Del Vallo where she’s homeported and also with fishing matricola MV […]