Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors have cited a dozen foreign fishing vessels for illegally harvesting 431.7 tonnes of redfish off the east coast of Newfoundland. The citations were issued between July 30 and Aug. 22 and involve both Russian and European Union vessels.
NAFO adopted new measures this year that called for vessels to immediately stop harvesting redfish in Division 3M — commonly known as the Flemish Cap — once the total allowable catch of the species has been reached.
The fishery closed on July 29, but the vessels involved continued harvesting redfish 48 hours after the fishery closed and they failed to discard catch as required by the rules.
Many of the vessels involved have a history of illegal overfishing in waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. Vessels including the Russian trawler Novaya Zemlya, the Pescaberbes Dos from Spain and the Joana Princesa from Portugal have all been cited for breaking the rules in the past.
The complete list of vessels cited in the recent matter includes:
- Spanish vessels Playa Menduina Dos, Rio Caxil, and the Pescaberbes Dos.
- Portuguese vessels Joana Princesa, Pascoal Atlantico, Santa Mafalda, Calvao, and the Santa Isabel.
- Russian vessels Novaya Zemlya and the Severnaya Zemlya.
- Estonian vessels Armastus and the Madrus.
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exactAIS® tracking of 5 of the vessels involved in the recent illegal fishing scandal off Newfoundland shows the vessels clearly entering the prohibited zone after the fishery had closed on July 29, 2013.