NAFO Citations

The following citations have been issued by Canada's Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors to vessels fishing in the NAFO Regulatory Area.

Once citations have been issued, in accordance with Articles 39 and 40 of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures, it is the responsibility of the vessel's respective flag state to follow-up with appropriate responsive actions, including an immediate and full investigation of the incident. Relevant and appropriate judicial or administrative action must ensue with the potential to lead to sanctions and penalties in the flag state. Canada is also kept abreast of these developments and final outcomes.

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2017

July 4, 2017

On July 4, 2017, Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishery officers, acting in the capacity as Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors, boarded and inspected the EU (Spanish) fishing vessel Ana Gandon while in NAFO division 3M. Canadian NAFO inspectors found large amounts of product being stowed with labels facing down and were unable to read the proper product labelling in the normal course of their duties.

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Ana Gandon for stowing product in this manner.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (EU) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

May 9, 2017

On May 9, 2017, Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishery officers, acting in the capacity as Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors, boarded and inspected the American fishing vessel Alex Marie while it was in NAFO Division 3N. During this inspection, the master of the vessel provided inspectors with fishing records for the fishing trip up to May 8, 2017. Inspection of the vessel and review of these documents determined that the master directed for 3N Cod, a stock subject to a ban on fishing.

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Alex Marie for conducting a fishery on a stock subject to a ban on fishing.

While all infringements are unacceptable, this infraction is considered serious under the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM).

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (US) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

January 23, 2017

On January 5, 2017, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Fishery Officers, acting in the capacity as Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors, boarded and inspected the European Union (EU) Portuguese fishing vessel Santa Mafalda upon its arrival in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Canadian NAFO inspectors reviewed the vessel's fishing, production, and stowage records and determined that catches for December 22, 2016 in NAFO Division 3N and December 28, 2016 in NAFO Division 3O had been misreported.

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Santa Mafalda for failing to accurately record catch on a tow-by-tow basis.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (EU) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

2016

September 22 and 30, 2016

On September 22 and 30, 2016, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Fishery Officers, acting in the capacity as Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors, boarded the American fishing vessel Titan while at port in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. During these inspections, the master provided inspectors with the vessel's fishing records for the fishing trip up to September 20, 2016.

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Titan for failing to leave the Division for at least 60 hours after exceeding the 15% by-catch limit of American plaice on two consecutive tows while directed fishing for yellowtail in Division 3N, contrary to the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM).

While all infringements are considered unacceptable, this infraction is not considered serious under the NCEM.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (US) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

September 14, 2016

On September 14, 2016, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded and inspected the American fishing vessel Alex Marie at port in Trepassey, Newfoundland and Labrador and issued a citation for conducting directed fishing activity for White hake in NAFO division 3N.

A review of the vessel's logbooks determined that contrary to the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM), the master directed for a species (White hake), which at the time could only be taken as a by-catch.

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Alex Marie for conducting a directed fishery for a species subject to by-catch provisions.

This infraction is considered serious under the NCEM.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (US) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

July 25, 2016

On July 25, 2016, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Fishery Officers, acting in the capacity as Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors, boarded the European Union (EU) Spanish fishing vessel Ana Gandon while in NAFO Division 3N. The inspection found product stowed with the labels face down, such that they could not be read by inspectors in the normal course of their duties. 

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Ana Gandon for storage of product contrary to NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM). This is the second Notice of Infringement issued to the master of the Ana Gandon in the month of July for stowing product in a manner such that inspectors could not read the labels. The first Notice of Infringement was issued on July 7, 2016.

While all infringements are considered unacceptable, this infraction is not considered serious under the NCEM.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (EU) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

July 21, 2016

On July 21, 2016, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded the American fishing vessel Titan while at port in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. During the inspection, the vessel's master provided inspectors with fishing records for the trip, up to July 8. Inspection of the vessel and a review of these documents revealed that the capacity plan and the stowage plan presented were inaccurate.

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Titan for inaccurate capacity and stowage plans, contrary to the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM).

While all infringements are considered unacceptable, this infraction is not considered serious under the NCEM.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (US) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

July 7, 2016

On July 7, 2016, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded the European Union (EU) Spanish fishing vessel Ana Gandon while it was fishing redfish in NAFO Division 3M. The inspection found product stowed with the labels face down, such that they could not be read by inspectors in the normal course of their duties. 

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Ana Gandon for storage of product contrary to NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM) and the vessel resumed fishing in NAFO Division 3M.

While all infringements are considered unacceptable, this infraction is not considered serious under the NCEM.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (EU) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

June 15, 2016

On June 15, 2016, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors boarded and inspected the European Union (EU) Portuguese vessel Calvao as it was fishing in NAFO Division 3O. Canadian NAFO inspectors reviewed the vessel's fishing, production, and stowage records and determined that 3O redfish catches for June 14, 2016 had been misreported. 

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Calvao for breaches relating to the misreporting of catches.

This infraction is considered serious under the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM). Following issuance of the Notice of Infringement, EU officials recalled the Calvao to port to facilitate a full investigation.

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (EU) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

May 22, 2016

On May 22, 2016 during a routine surveillance flight in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) division 3M, Canadian NAFO inspectors recorded the European Union (EU) Spanish fishing vessel Puente Sabaris retrieving redfish. A follow-up inspection revealed that this fish was not recorded in the vessel's logs. The 3M redfish fishery for the EU was closed from February 23 and not scheduled to reopen until July 1, 2016.

On May 24, 2016, Canadian NAFO inspectors issued two Notices of Infringement to the master of the Puente Sabaris for misrecording of catch, contrary to Article 28 of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM).

These infractions are considered serious under the NCEM. Following issuance of the Notice of Infringement, EU officials recalled the Puente Sabaris to port to facilitate a full investigation.

The infringements were forwarded to the Contracting Party (EU) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

March 3, 2016

On March 3, 2016, Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded and inspected the Portuguese vessel SANTA ISABEL as it was fishing in NAFO Division 3O*. Several overflights identified issues with the daily catch reports submitted by the vessel. Upon inspection, Canadian NAFO inspectors reviewed the vessel's fishing, production and stowage records and confirmed that 3M* Haddock catches for February 28, 2016 and 3N* Redfish catches for March 1, 2016 had been misreported. 

NAFO inspectors issued four Notices of Infringements to the master of the vessel, for breaches under Article 38.1(i) of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement measures (NCEMs) relating to the mis-recording of catches.

These infractions are considered serious under the NCEMs and the vessel was subsequently recalled to port by Portuguese officials to facilitate a full investigation.

February 11, 2016

On February 11, 2016, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Fishery Officers, acting in the capacity as Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors, boarded and inspected the Faroese fishing vessel Ran as it was fishing in NAFO Division 3M. Canadian NAFO inspectors reviewed the vessel's logbook and determined that the vessel exceeded the allowable by-catch of cod in Division 3N during the period January 29 to February 3, 2016, while the vessel was fishing for redfish. 

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued a Notice of Infringement to the master of the Ran for exceeding the allowable by-catch of cod in Division 3N.

As there was no observer on board when the infringement occurred, this infraction is considered serious under the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM).

The infringement was forwarded to the Contracting Party (Denmark, on behalf of the Faroe Islands and Greenland) for investigation and follow-up, as required by the NCEM.

2015

February 9, 2015

On February 9, 2015 Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded and inspected the Portuguese vessel SANTA ISABEL as it was fishing in NAFO division 3M.  During the inspection, it was determined that the vessel had retained 9.4% or 14.8 tonnes of American plaice as a by-catch when fishing in Division 3N. As American Plaice is under moratorium in Division 3N, the by-catch limit is 5%.

NAFO inspectors issued the following citation to the master of the vessel, under Article 6.3 (d) of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement measures (NCEM's):

  • where a ban on fishing applies (moratoria), did retain on board the greater of 1,250 kg or 5% of American plaice in NAFO Division 3N.

2014

August 18, 2014

On August 18, 2014 Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded and inspected the Faroe Islands vessel ARCTIC VIKING as it was fishing for shrimp in NAFO division 3L.  During the inspection it was discovered that the vessel master had not maintained a stowage plan as required under Article 28.5 of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM's).  Additionally, it was determined that there was no at-sea Observer onboard the vessel at the time of the violation. Pursuant to the NCEM's, all violations committed without an at-sea Observer on board are automatically deemed to be serious in an effort to discourage abuse. As a result, this specific violation is regarded as serious.

NAFO inspectors issued the following citation to the master of the fishing vessel, under Article 38 of the NCEM's:

  • Failure to maintain a stowage plan, which is contrary to Chapter IV, Article 28.5 of the NCEM's. Because an at-sea Observer was not on board, the citation was elevated to serious status.

May 5, 2014

On May 5, 2014, Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded the Russian vessel MELKART-3, in the Canadian port of Argentia. The inspection determined that the master had exceeded the by-catch allowance and failed to adhere to the associated move-away provisions.

NAFO inspectors issued the following two citations to the master of the fishing vessel, under Article 6 of the NCEM's:

  • Exceeding the by-catch allowance of 3N cod specified in Article 6.3(b); and
  • Failure to leave the NAFO Division for at least 60 hours as specified in Article 6.6.(b)(ii) of the NCEM's.

May 3, 2014

On May 3, three NAFO inspectors (two Canadian and one European Union) boarded the Spanish vessel PUENTE SABARIS, which was fishing Greenland halibut in NAFO Division 3L. While the master had recorded 65 tonnes of catch in the fishing log and stowage plan, inspectors found an additional 51.25t of Greenland halibut in a separate hold that was not recorded.

NAFO inspectors therefore issued the following two citations to the master of the fishing vessel, under Article 28 of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures:

  • Mis-recording of catch in the fishing logbook (in excess of the greater of 20% or 10t so classified as a serious citation under the NCEM's); and
  • Failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan.

The vessel was subsequently recalled to port by Spanish officials to facilitate a full investigation.

April 19, 2014

On April 19, 2014, the Portuguese fishing vessel COIMBRA was inspected,  and it was found to be using gear that contravened NAFO's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

Canadian NAFO inspectors issued the following two serious citations to the master of the fishing vessel:

  • Fishing for groundfish with a mesh size less than 130mm, contrary to Chapter I Article 13.2 (d) of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures; and
  • Use of a multiple flap topside chafer attached to the upper side of the codend with a mesh size less than that of the codend, contrary to Annex III B2 of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

April 7, 2014

On April 13, 2014, Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded the Portuguese fishing vessel CALVAO. Inspectors observed that the logbook information did not correspond with Canadian air surveillance flight catch estimates and the daily catch report for April 07, 2014.
Canadian NAFO inspectors issued the following two citations to the master of the fishing vessel, under section 28 of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures:

  • Mis-recording catch in the fishing logbook; and
  • Mis-reporting catch in the Daily Catch report.

2013

July 30 – August 22, 2013

Between July 30 and August 22, 2013, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors issued 12 citations to fishing vessels from the Russian Federation and the European Union for failing to comply with new measures concerning redfish harvesting in Division 3M.

The new measures adopted in 2013 require that all Contracting Parties immediately cease harvesting of redfish once the NAFO Secretariat has announced that the total allowable catch of the species has been reached and that any 3M Redfish harvested after the announcement be discarded. The Executive Secretary announced that 3M Redfish was closed on July 29th, 2013.

In these 12 incidences, the vessels continued harvesting the species for up to 48 hours after the announcement had been made and failed to discard catch, as required.

The following citations were issued to vessel Masters fishing in the NAFO Regulatory Area for failure to comply with Article 5.2(b) of the 2013 NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures:

  1. Playa Menduina Dos, EU / Spain:  Inspected on July 30, 2013, the vessel was fishing for Cod NAFO Division 3M. The vessel Master indicated in his log that he had retained 4.8 tonnes of 3M Redfish onboard.
  2. Joana Princesa, EU / Portugal: Inspected on July 31, 2013.  The vessel was steaming in NAFO Division 3M at time of inspection. The Master had logged 13 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30th and 1 ton on July 31, 2013.
  3. Novaya Zemlya, Russian Federation: Inspected on August 1, 2013. The vessel was fishing for Redfish in NAFO Division 3L at the time of inspection. The Master had logged 40.5 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30, 2013.
  4. Armastus, EU / Estonia: The vessel was inspected on August 1, 2013. The Master had logged 13 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30th and 24 tonnes on July 31 2013.
  5. Calvao, EU / Portugal: Inspected on August 2, 2013. The Master had logged 27.5 tonnes of redfish on July 30th and 28.7 tonnes on July 31, 2013.
  6. Severnaya Zemlya, Russian Federation: Inspected on August 2, 2013. The vessel was fishing Greenland halibut in NAFO Division 3L at the time of inspection. The Master had logged 28.5 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30, 2013. 
  7. Pescaberbes Dos, EU / Spain: Inspected on August 3, 2013. The vessel was fishing 3M Cod at the time of inspection. The Master had logged 16.9 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30, 2013.
  8. Santa Isabel, EU / Portugal: Inspected on August 4, 2013. The vessel was fishing 3L Redfish at the time of inspection. The Mastered had logged 76 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30th, 2013 and 62.5 tonnes on July 31st, 2013.
  9. Rio Caxil, EU / Spain: Inspected on August 7, 2013. The vessel was fishing for Greenland Halibut in NAFO Division 3L at the time of inspection. The Master had logged 3.6 tonnes of 3M Redfish July 30th and 10.3 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 31, 2013.
  10. Santa Mafalda, EU / Portugal:  Inspected on August 10, 2013. The vessel was fishing for 3L Greenland Halibut at the time of inspection. The Master had logged 26.7 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30th and 18.1 tonnes on July 31, 2013.
  11. Pascoal Atlantico, EU/Portugal: Inspected on August 19, 2013. The Master had logged 8.4 tonnes of 3M Redfish on July 30, 2013.
  12. Madrus, EU / Estonia: Inspected on August 22, 2013. The vessel had logged 17.3 tonnes of 3M redfish on July 30 and 10.9 tonnes on July 21.

March 4, 2013

On March 01, 2013, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded the Spanish fishing vessel Puente Sabaris while it was fishing for Greenland halibut in NAFO Division 3N. The inspectors reviewed the logbook and documented tow by tow catch data.

Based on a post-inspection analysis of the tow by tow data it was determined that, on February 28, 2013, the master had exceeded the by-catch limit of Witch flounder and had failed to move the minimum 10 nautical miles, required under the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

As a result of the findings, a subsequent inspection was conducted on March 04, 2013, and the master was issued a citation under Chapter I, Article 6.2 (a); failure to “immediately move a minimum of 10 nautical miles from any position of the previous tow and throughout the next tow keep a minimum distance of 10 nautical miles from any position of the previous tow.” The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (European Union) for follow-up.

2012

November 20, 2012

On November 20, 2012, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors boarded the Portuguese fishing vessel Santa Cristina while it was fishing in NAFO Division 3O of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Regulatory Area. During the inspection, inspectors observed that product was stowed with the labels facing down, i.e. labels written on bottom of product packaging.

Inspectors have issued a citation to the master of the Santa Cristina under Chapter IV, Article 24 (3) of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures for not having product labels securely affixed, stamped or written on packaging and/or for being of a size that can be clearly read by inspectors in the normal course of their duties, as required. The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (European Union) for follow-up.

July 30, 2012

On July 30, 2012, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded and inspected the Russian fishing vessel Odoevsk while it was fishing oceanic redfish in NAFO Division 1F.

A citation was issued for not having a valid capacity plan as required by Chapter III, Article 22, Section 8 of the Northwest Atlantic Fishery Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The Northwest Atlantic Fishery Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures require that all vessels have capacity plans that have been certified within two years. The Odoevsk's capacity plan had last been certified on February 1, 2005.

June 25, 2012

On June 25, 2012, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded and inspected the Spanish fishing vessel Patricia Sotelo while it was fishing Greenland halibut in Division 3N of the NAFO Regulatory Area. Upon inspection, Canadian officials found a discrepancy between recorded redfish catch and the amount of redfish actually held on board the vessel.

A citation was issued to the master of the Patricia Sotelo for not accurately recording catch daily and completing logbook entries, as required under Chapter IV, Article 25 1. (b) of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The vessel was ordered back to port for inspection and the report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (European Union) for follow-up.

April 9, 2012

On April 9, 2012, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors from the Canadian patrol vessel Cygnus inspected the European Union (United Kingdom) vessel Marbella fishing cod in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Division 3M.

Acitation was issued for not having a valid capacity plan as required by Chapter III, Article 22, Section 8 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures require that all vessels have capacity plans that have been certified within the past two years. The Marbella's capacity plan had been certified on January 28, 2010, which exceeded the required two-year certification period.

February 3, 2012

On February 3, 2012, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded the Spanish fishing vessel Pescaberbes Dos in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area, outside Canada's 200-mile limit. Inspection determined that approximately 134.7 tonnes of product caught was not labeled as required in the NAFO Conservation & Enforcement Measures. It was also determined that approximately 30.2 tonnes of Greenland halibut product was not marked as having been harvested in the NAFO Subarea 2 and Divisions 3KLMNO, which is a separate requirement under the NAFO Conservation & Enforcement Measures.

Inspectors have issued a citation to the master of the Pescaberbes Dos under Chapter IV, Article 24.1 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures for failing to label product as having been caught in the Regulatory Area.

A second citation was issued for an infringement under Chapter IV, Article 24.2 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures for failing to mark Greenland Halibut as being harvested in Subarea 2 and Divisions 3KLMNO.

2011

December 27, 2011

On December 27, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded the Russian Federation fishing vessel Novaya Zemlya in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area, outside Canada's 200 mile limit. Inspection of the fishing logbook noted that, while fishing redfish and Greenland halibut in Division 3M, 2.052 tonnes of cod had been caught and retained on board. The Russian Federation had closed its 3M cod fishery on April 22, 2011, and reported that its 647 tonne quota had been taken, making the retention of cod onboard the vessel an action in contravention of the NAFO Enforcement and Conservation Measures.

Inspectors have issued a citation to the master of the Novaya Zemlya for an infringement under Chapter I, Article 3.2 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures for retaining 3M cod onboard the vessel after the closure of the fishery.

November 14, 2011

On November 14, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors boarded the Faroese fishing vessel RAN in Division 3N of the NAFO Regulatory Area, outside Canada's 200 mile limit.  Inspection of the vessel master's logbook showed that the vessel had caught and retained 4.832 tonnes of cod in Division 3M – also in international waters outside Canada's 200 mile limit – even though the Faroe Islands had taken its full 2011 quota and closed its directed cod fishery on April 17, 2011. In addition, the vessel did not have an independent observer onboard and had not submitted the additional daily data reports that are required by NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM) in such situations.

Inspectors have issued two citations to the master of the RAN for: a) retaining 3M cod onboard the vessel after a closure was in place (NCEM Chapter I, Article 3.2.); and b) failing to provide required daily reports by Division (NCEM Chapter VII, Article 62.1, Electronic Reporting, Satellite Tracking and Observers).

August 2, 2011

On August 2, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors patrolling the Organization's Regulatory Area boarded the Portuguese vessel Brites. The vessel was fishing redfish in Division 3O, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. An inspection determined that the vessel was fishing groundfish using a trawl that contained mesh that was less than the 130 mm minimum required by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

A citation was issued pursuant to Chapter I, Article 13.1(d) of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures, and the undersized section of the trawl was removed and secured. The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (European Union) for follow-up.

July 2, 2011

On July 2, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors patrolling the Organization's Regulatory Area boarded the Portuguese vessel Santa Isabel. The vessel was fishing Greenland halibut (turbot) in Division 3N, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. An inspection determined that the vessel had an improper stowage plan which is an infringement under the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

A citation was issued pursuant to Article 24.6 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (European Union) for follow-up.

June 28, 2011

On June 28, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors patrolling the Organization's Regulatory Area boarded the Estonian vessel Madrus. The vessel was fishing redfish in Division 3N, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. An inspection determined that the stowage plan did not show the location of different species in the hold which is an infringement of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

A citation was issued pursuant to Article 24.6 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (European Union) for follow-up.

May 21, 2011

On May 21, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors patrolling the Organization's Regulatory Area boarded the Russian vessel Severnaya Zemlya. The vessel was

fishing redfish in Division 3N, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. An inspection determined that the vessel had improperly labelled product which is an infringement of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

A citation was issued pursuant to Article 23 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (Russia) for follow-up.

May 1, 2011

On May 1, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors patrolling the Organization's Regulatory Area boarded the British vessel Marbella. The vessel was fishing groundfish in Division 3M, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. An inspection determined that the vessel had an improper stowage plan which is an infringement of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

A citation was issued pursuant to Article 24.6 of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (European Union) for follow-up.

April 24, 2011

On April 24, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors patrolling the Organization's Regulatory Area boarded the Spanish vessel Pescarberbes Dos. The vessel was fishing Greenland halibut (turbot) in Division 3M, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. An inspection determined that the vessel had an improper stowage plan which is an infringement of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

March 6, 2011

On March 6, 2011, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization inspectors patrolling the Organization's Regulatory Area boarded the Russian vessel Severnaya Zemlya. The vessel was fishing redfish in Division 3O, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. An inspection determined that the vessel had previously conducted a directed fishery for a species for which by-catch limits apply (cod in Division 3L), which is a serious infringement of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization's Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

A citation was issued pursuant to Chapter 1, Article 12, 3(a) of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Conservation and Enforcement Measures. The report of infringement was provided to the Contracting Party for the vessel (Russia) for follow-up.

2010

December 5, 2010

On December 5, 2010 Canadian NAFO inspectors patrolling in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), boarded the Icelandic fishing vessel Brettingur KE50 as it was fishing shrimp. The vessel did not have a Stowage Plan. This is considered a non-serious infringement under NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures and a citation was issued to the master of the Brettingur KE50.

November 8, 2010

On November 8, 2010 Canadian NAFO inspectors patrolling in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area, outside of Canada's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), boarded the Icelandic fishing vessel Brettingur KE50 as it was fishing shrimp. The vessel did not have an up-to-date Capacity Plan. This is considered a non-serious infringement under NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures and a citation was issued to the master of the Brettingur KE50.

September 12, 2010

Canadian NAFO inspectors patrolling in Division 3N of the NAFO Regulatory Area boarded the Portuguese fishing vessel Santa Isabel. The vessel did not have an updated capacity plan. This is considered a non-serious infringement under NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures and a citation was issued to the master of the Santa Isabel.

May 11, 2010

Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded the Estonian fishing vessel Madrus fishing in NAFO Division 3M. A citation was issued to the master of the vessel for mis-recording his daily catch of Greenland halibut. This is considered a serious infringement under the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

April 1, 2010

Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded the Portuguese (EU) fishing vessel Franca Morte fishing redfish in NAFO Division 3N. A citation was issued to the master of the vessel for having smaller than the required mesh size on two side panels of a four-panel fishing trawl. This is considered a serious citation under NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

March 10, 2010

Canadian NAFO inspectors patrolling the NAFO Regulatory Area (NRA) boarded the Portuguese fishing vessel AVEIRENSE fishing Greenland halibut in NAFO Division 3L. A citation was issued to the master of the vessel for using chafer flaps, attached to the top of the trawl, that obstructed the mesh in the codend or main basket of the net.

January 28, 2010

Canadian Inspectors for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) boarded the EU (Estonia) fishing vessel Ontika in NAFO Division 3M. The master of the vessel was issued one serious citation under the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures for misrecording daily catch.

2009

December 4, 2009

Canadian NAFO inspectors boarded the Faroese fishing vessel Arctic Viking fishing shrimp in NAFO Division 3L. The master of the vessel was issued a non-serious citation under the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures (NCEM) for retrieving the vessel fishing net within 30 minutes after being contacted and advised of the boarding."

August 3, 2009

The EU (Spanish) fishing vessel Rio Caxil was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in NAFO Division 3M of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The master was issued two serious citations; one for misreporting catch (Greenland Halibut) and one for failing to facilitate the work of an inspector. The master was also issued a minor citation failing to have an accurate stowage plan onboard. Spanish officials ordered the vessel to return to port. Canadian inspectors were present during the offloading of this vessel.

June 15, 2009

The EU (Latvian) F/V Otto was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in NAFO Division 3M of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The master was issued one serious citation for misreporting catch (shrimp). Latvian officials directed the vessel to leave the NAFO Regulatory Area and return to port.

April 29, 2009

The Portuguese (EU) vessel, Calvao, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3M of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The master of the vessel was issued a non-serious citation for failing to maintain a certified vessel capacity plan.

April 2, 2009

The Greenlandic (Denmark) vessel Regina C, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The master of the vessel was issued a non-serious citation for failing to maintain a certified vessel capacity plan.

February 24, 2009 

Canadian NAFO inspectors again boarded the Spanish vessel Pescaberbes Dos to conduct a re-inspection after data irregularities were detected from the first verification. A further citation was issued for the following infraction:

  • failing to accurately record catches on a daily basis.

This is a serious infringement and requires follow-up by the NAFO Contracting Party. Accordingly, European Union inspectors from the Jean Charcot boarded the vessel and confirmed the infringement.

This is the first serious infringement in the NAFO Regulatory Area since May 2007.

February 21, 2009

The Spanish vessel Pescaberbes Dos was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in NAFO Division 3M. The Master was issued two (2) non-serious citations for the following infractions:

  • failing to ensure the net is not retrieved within 30 minutes of being signalled for inspection;
  • failing to keep an accurate stowage plan.

January 21, 2009

The Faroese Vessel Ran was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in NAFO Division 3L. The captain of the vessel was issued three non- serious citations for the following infractions:

  • failing to have a stowage plan that shows the location of the different species in the hold
  • failing to move the required 10 nautical miles when the percentage of by catch in any one haul exceeded percentages set out by NAFO
  • using a means or device that obstructed or diminished the size of the meshes.

2008

December 29, 2008

The Norwegian vessel, Remoy Viking, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The Master of the vessel was issued a non-serious citation for failing to maintain a certified vessel capacity plan.

October 27. 2008

The Norwegian vessel, Remoy, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The Master of the vessel was issued a non-serious citation for failing to maintain a certified vessel capacity plan.

October 26, 2008

The Faroese vessel, Havborg, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The Master of the vessel was issued a non-serious citation for failing to maintain a certified vessel capacity plan.

October 25, 2008

The Portuguese vessel, Joana Princesa, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The Master of the vessel was issued a non-serious citation for failing to maintain a certified vessel capacity plan.

September 21

The Faroese vessel, Arctic Viking, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3L of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The Master of the vessel was issued two non-serious citations; one for failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan and a second for failing to have a certified capacity plan.

July 6

The Estonian vessel, Madrus, was boarded by Canadian NAFO inspectors in Division 3M of the NAFO Regulatory Area. The Master of the vessel was issued two citations; one for failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan and a second for failing to properly label product according to the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures.

2007

October 8

The Portuguese vessel Cidade de Amarante was issued one citation for failing to properly separate NAFO catches from fish caught in North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission waters.

August 6

NAFO inspectors issued a citation to the Polish vessel Polunus for failing to maintain a certified capacity plan.

August 1

NAFO inspectors issued a citation to the Lithuanian vessel NIDA for failing to maintain a certified capacity plan.

July 31

NAFO inspectors issued a citation to the Russian vessel Karacharovo for failing to maintain a certified capacity plan.

July 29

NAFO inspectors issued two citations to the Russian vessel Kolomenskoye for failing to maintain a certified capacity plan and for a possible mesh obstruction.

July 18

NAFO inspectors issued a citation to the Faroese vessel Fridborg for failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan.

May 9

NAFO inspectors issued one citation to the Spanish vessel Patricia Sotelo for misreporting catches.

May 5

NAFO inspectors issued one citation to the Russian vessel Novaya Zemlaya for failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan.

April 27

NAFO inspectors issued two citations to the Portuguese vessel Calvao for failing to report Atlantic halibut and failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan

2006

November 27

NAFO inspectors issued one citation to the Spanish vessel Playa De Rodas for failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan.

October 23

The Spanish vessel Puente Pereiras Cuatro was issued two citations for misreporting catches and failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan.

September 3

The Portuguese vessel Brites was issued one citation for failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan.

September 3

The Estonian vessel Lomar II was issued two citations for failing to properly label product caught in the NRA and for affixing an unauthorized device to the net that could interfere with the net's size.

August 25

The Portuguese vessel Joana Princesa was issued one citation for using an illegal net liner. This is considered to be a serious infringement of NAFO's conservation and enforcement measures.

August 7

NAFO inspectors issued one citation to the Estonian vessel LOOTUS II for misreporting catches.

July 31

The Estonian vessel LOOTUS II was issued one citation for misrecording catches. This is considered to be a serious infringement of NAFO's conservation and enforcement measures.

July 29

NAFO inspectors conducting a joint Canada/EU patrol issued one citation to the Faroese vessel Skalaberg for using mesh size (110 mm) below the minimum requirement (130mm).

July 28

NAFO inspectors conducting a joint Canada/EU patrol issued one citation to the Icelandic vessel Orfirisey for using a device on the fishing net that obstructed the meshes, preventing smaller fish from escaping the net.

July 1

The Faroese vessel Arctic Viking was issued one citation for failing to facilitate an inspection boarding when given the appropriate signal. This is considered to be a serious infringement of NAFO's conservation and enforcement measures.

June 2

The EU (Portuguese) vessel Calvao was issued one minor citation for failing to maintain an accurate stowage plan.

March 25

The Spanish vessel Festeiro was issued two citations for directed fishing for a moratoria species and for failing to accurately record catch.

March 25

Inspectors issued one citation to the Faroese vessel Havborg for affixing an unauthorized device to the net that could interfere with the net's size.

February 21

The Icelandic vessel Petur Jonnsson was issued one citation for failing to properly label product caught in the NRA.

January 21

The EU (Spanish) vessel Hermanos Gandon Cuatro was issued a citation for failing to separately stow catches taken inside the NAFO Regulatory Area (NRA) from catches taken outside the area.

January 21

The EU (Spanish) vessel Esperenza Menduina was issued two citations for directing for prohibited species and failing to properly label product caught in the NRA.

January 14

The EU (Portuguese) vessel Santa Mafalda was issued two citations for using undersize mesh and failing to clearly separate catch by species. These are minor infringements, but nevertheless require follow-up.

2005

December 24

The Polish vessel Wiesbaden was issued a citation for failing to facilitate the work of the inspector.

December 20

The Polish vessel Wiesbaden was issued two citations for misrecording catches in the fishing and production logbooks, and failing to properly label shrimp harvested in the NRA.

December 19

Inspectors issued one citation to the Portuguese fishing vessel Santa Cristina for using codend mesh size (278 mm) below the minimum requirement (280mm) while fishing for skate. This is considered a minor infraction.

October 8

Inspectors issued one citation to the Portuguese vessel Brites for attaching strengthening ropes to the codend that could prevent the escapement of fish. This is considered a minor infraction.

September 9

A citation was issued to the Faroese vessel Havborg for affixing two unauthorized devices to the net that could interfere with the net's size.

July 11

The Japanese vessel Zuiho Maru #88 was issued a citation for using mesh size (123 millimetres) below the minimum requirement (130 mm).

June 30

Inspectors issued two citations to the French (St. Pierre and Miquelon) vessel Ulzama for failing to stow catches properly and failing to keep a stowage plan on board.

June 19

The Spanish vessel Xinzo was issued three citations for failing to accurately record catch, failure to properly label Greenland halibut, and failure to stow NRA catch separately from Hatton Bank catch.

June 18

A citation was issued to the Spanish vessel Codeside for using mesh size (127 millimetres) below the minimum requirement (130 mm).

May 15

The Portuguese vessel Santa Mafalda was issued one citation for failing to stow catches properly.

May 19

Canada's NAFO inspectors issued a citation to the Russian vessel Odoevsk for using an illegal net liner. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Teleost was able to retrieve the net lost during the inspection. Russian authorities quickly recalled the ship to port and suspended its fishing licence for one year.

April 21

The Spanish vessel Maria Eugenia G was issued three citations for misrecording catches in the fishing and production logbooks, failing to keep a stowage plan, and failing to facilitate the work of inspectors. Canadian inspectors were invited to attend the in-port inspection in Vigo, Spain. As a result of irregularities documented by Canadian inspectors prior to the inspection, Spanish authorities have promised to pursue serious sanctions against the vessel owner.

April 17

Two citations were issued to the Russian vessel Matrioska for misrecording catches in the fishing and production logbooks, and failing to label fish (shrimp) harvested in the NRA. Russian authorities called the vessel back to port in Spain, where it was inspected in the presence of Canadian inspectors.

March 19

Canada's NAFO inspectors issued a citation to the Portuguese vessel Calvao for directed fishing for species with bycatch limits.

March 2

Inspectors issued four citations to the Spanish vessel Puente Sabaris for misreporting the catch in fishing and production logbooks; failing to separate catches from different species, and catches taken from the NAFO regulatory area from catches taken in other fishing waters; failing to keep a stowage plan showing location and quantity of species aboard; and failing to facilitate the work of an inspector.

February 8

The Spanish vessel Playa de Tambo was issued two citations for failure to record catches on a daily basis and for failing to facilitate the work of a NAFO inspector. Canadian NAFO inspectors were invited to observe the offloading of this vessel in Spain in late April.

January 15

Three citations were issued to the Latvian vessel Atlas for fishing shrimp without authorization from the contracting party, not having an independent and impartial observer on board, and for having an inoperable Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).

2004

December 19

The Portuguese vessel Joana Princesa was cited for directed fishing for a moratoria species.

December 18

The Lootus II, an Estonian vessel, was given a citation for small mesh size.

December 13

The Lithuanian fishing vessel Borgin was boarded in Division 3L (Eastern Grand Banks) and issued three citations for improperly labeled shrimp harvested in Division 3L, failure to carry an independent and impartial observer, and lack of an operational VMS.

November 16

Inspectors boarded the Portuguese fishing vessel, Aveirense, in Division 3O (Southern Grand Banks) and issued a citation for small mesh netting found on board in a wet condition containing fresh fish near the trawl deck that had not been lashed and stowed and was available for immediate use.

October 4

The Spanish vessel Freiremar Uno was issued a citation for failing to facilitate the work of an inspector.

July 29

Two citations for failing to accurately record daily catches and inaccurate capacity plans were given to the Spanish vessel Dorneda.

May 22

The Lithuanian vessel Atlas received a citation for small mesh size.

May 7

The Solsticio, a Portuguese vessel, was cited for small mesh size.

May 4

The Portuguese vessel Aveirense was issued two citations for retrieving their net less than 30 minutes after receiving the signal from the inspection vessel and fishing for a moratoria stock (American Plaice).

February 11

Inspectors issued two citations to the Latvian vessel Otto for failing to have an authorization to fish in the NRA and failing to provide VMS position reports every two hours.