Coast Guard: Spike in foreign fishing vessel incursions in N. Pacific due to better detection
SEAFOODNEWS.COM Feb 6, 2014
This year’s spike in foreign fishing incursions is based on better detection, not increased foreign fishing activity, says deputy chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard’s 17th District.
In 2013 the Coast Guard documented 30 incursions into U.S. waters by foreign vessels in the Alaska area. More than half were by one South Korean trawler. The number is up from 10 total incursions in 2012. Both years are well beyond the three previous years which all had three or fewer cases. The numbers come from the Coast Guard’s year in review presentation this week at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Seattle.
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