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Thailand: Ban on Smoking on Beaches

(Oct. 26, 2017) It was reported on October 11, 2017, that the Thai government will ban smoking on 20 of the country’s popular tourist beaches beginning in November. (Thailand Bans Smoking on Beaches, THAI LAW FORUM (Oct. 11, 2017); Smoking Ban Planned at 20 Popular Beaches, BANGKOK POST (Oct. 10, 2017).)  The maximum punishment for […]

United Kingdom: Vessel Owner Fined for Overfishing

(Dec. 20, 2016) A recent inspection of a fishing vessel by the Marine Management Organisation of the United Kingdom found approximately 2.65 metric tons of undersized scallops (110 millimeters or smaller), which totaled  8.09 % of the catch of the vessel.  (Master and Owner Fined £21,746 for Fisheries Offences, Marine Management Organisation  (Dec. 14, 2016).)  […]

Italy: New Statute of the Italian Port Authority

(Oct. 6, 2016) On September 2, 2016, new legislation on the Italian Port Authority (known as AdSP in Italian) was issued. (Legislative Decree No. 169 of August 4, 2016, Reorganization, Rationalization, and Simplification of the Legislation on the Port Authority Regulated by Law No. 84 of January 28, 1994, Implementing Article 8, Paragraph 1(f), of […]

United Nations: Agreement on Illegal Fishing

(July 22, 2016) In a July 1, 2016, statement, the Director-General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, lauded an agreement on illegal fishing which, although concluded on November 22, 2009, just came into force on June 5, 2016. The Director-General stated that “[g]enerations to come will recognize the importance […]

Italy: Comprehensive Legislation on the “Green Economy”

(Feb. 24, 2016) On December 28, 2015, Italy passed historic and wide-ranging legislation for the promotion of the “green economy.” Law No. 221 entered into effect on February 2, 2016.  (Law No. 221 of December 28, 2015, Provisions on the Environment to Promote the Green Economy and to Restrict the Excessive Use of Natural Resources […]

New Zealand: Ocean Sanctuary Announced

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 28, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that a new, fully-protected ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region will be established by legislation to be enacted next year. The sanctuary will cover about 620,000 square kilometers (about 385,250 square miles) […]

Faroe Islands; Turkey; United Kingdom: Free Trade Agreement Impacts Fishing

(Jan 13, 2015) On December 16, 2014, the Faroe Islands and Turkey concluded a free trade agreement, the result of a 15-year process. Details had been worked out in September 2014. The agreement was welcomed by Faroese Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, who signed the document in Ankara with Turkish Minister of the Economy […]

Laos: Enforcement of Fishing Rule to Be Strengthened

(Dec. 11, 2014) Authorities in Laos have become concerned about the open sale of fishing equipment designed to send electric shocks through the water as a method of harvesting fish. (Electrified Fishing Forces Lao Authorities to Act, GLOBAL POST (Dec. 4, 2014).) The use of this method of fishing is banned under the Law on […]

United Nations: Protection for Manta Rays and Sharks in Effect

(Sept. 16, 2014) United Nations-sponsored restrictions on trade in sharks and manta rays became effective on September 14, 2014. Permits and certificates establishing that sustainable, legal methods have been used to harvest five kinds of sharks and all manta rays now are needed for the sale of meat, gills, and fins. The shark species involved […]

Indonesia: Government Planning to Reduce Exports of Shark Fins

(Nov. 5, 2013) According to a November 4, 2013, news report, Indonesia’s government is considering a plan to impose quotas on shark fishing. The goal is to limit the quantity of shark fins exported without overly harming the livelihoods of fishermen. Agus Dermawan, the director for fish conservation in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and […]