May 22, 2014
by Addison Morris
Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of ...[read more]
January 27, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's highest court, issued a ruling establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile on Monday. The ICJ granted Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left Chile prosperous coastal fishing grounds. The ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates ...[read more]
August 12, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
UK authorities announced on Monday that they are considering legal action against Spain to force the country to loosen border controls in Gibraltar. British Prime Minister David Cameron accused Spain of blocking British fishing vessels in disproportionate numbers and said Spain was "politically ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Jerry Votava
A Chilean appeals court on Tuesday ordered the suspension of the Punta Alcalde hydroelectric dam project based on environmental concerns. The project is under the management of Endesa, an energy company based in Spain. The suit was brought by local fishermen who claimed the dam project would have ...[read more]
August 24, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 24, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against five states' effort to prevent the spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes. Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and concerned organizations sought to close two Chicago waterways in an effort to halt ...[read more]
June 13, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 13, 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed 23 miles of the state's coastline out of concerns for the health risks associated with oil-contaminated water and fish resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal ban on fishing in the same area had ...[read more]
May 3, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 3, 2011, the Spanish National Court sentenced two Somali pirates to 439 years in prison each for their involvement in the 2009 highjacking of a Spanish fishing boat, Alakran, off the coast of Somalia. Cabdiweli Cabdullahi and Raageggesey Hassan Aji were apprehended when they sailed away ...[read more]
September 30, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
A Brazilian judge for the Federal Court of the First Region ruled on Thursday that work on a dam being constructed on the Xingu River in the Amazon jungle must cease. The USD $11 billion project would be the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world. In deciding to suspend the project, the ...[read more]
September 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 1, 2009, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that a group of 91 countries had reached an agreement on the final text of the first treaty to combat illegal fishing. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and ...[read more]

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