27 Feb 2017

Ocean advocacy group warns of 'trans-shipping' dangers

From , 4:02 pm on 27 February 2017

An environmental group dedicated to ocean conservation is warning Pacific nations to be alert to the threat from trans-shipping, which can mask illegal fishing activity.

Trans-shipping means fishing boats can stay at sea for an extended period of time, in some cases more than a year, by transferring their stock to another boat and receiving fuel and supplies.

The US-based group, Oceana, says that practice can often involve the laundering of fish, human rights abuses, and labour violations.

Its senior campaign director, Beth Lowell, says trans-shipping is a huge problem around the world and it's also likely to be happening in the Pacific due to its large tuna fisheries.

tuna on the deck of a Pacific fishing vessel

tuna on the deck of a Pacific fishing vessel Photo: Giff Johnson