Publicado por: pongpesca | 2013/09/04

Illegal Fishing, Your Number’s Up!

iuu-painting-ship-illegally-776-lw“Unlike merchant vessels, automobiles, and even cellphones, fishing vessels are not required to have unique identifying numbers that stay with them from construction to scrapping. Although fishing vessels have names, call signs (the codes used during radio transmissions to identify themselves), and other identifiers, they are not permanent and can be changed by owners quickly and easily.

The lack of mandatory, unique identifying numbers makes it hard for authorities to distinguish specific vessels engaged in illegal fishing or to track misconduct to gather evidence of these activities. As a result, vessel owners can circumvent control measures and avoid being traced if they are blacklisted. They can operate for years without leaving a definitive paper trail of their activities, their operating condition, or their compliance status.”

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Fonte: Pew Environment Group – 15 de agosto de 2013

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