12th October 2019
US COAST GUARD SETS RECORD FOR ILLEGAL FISHING INTERDICTION IN GULF OF MEXICO
On 11th October, Homeland Security Today reported that the USCG made a record-setting number of illegal fishing interdictions in the Gulf of Mexico this past fiscal year. 175 vessels were spotted and 138 were intercepted, with 74 interdictions. In fiscal year 2018, there were 61 “lancha” (small, fast craft used by the fishermen) interdictions.
GULF OF GUINEA COUNTRIES URGED TO ESTABLISH SPECIAL MARITIME COURTS TO HANDLE PIRACY
On 11th October, Homeland Security Today reported that countries in the Gulf of Guinea region have been advised to establish a specialised maritime courts to handle cases of sea robbery, piracy and other maritime offences at the ongoing Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja.
GULF OF GUINEA STATES ADVISED TO IMPROVE MARITIME SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITIES
Also on 11th October, countries in the Gulf of Guinea have been advised to improve surveillance capabilities and establish a common maritime security architecture. They were recommended that countries should improve domain awareness, improve in sharing of intelligence amongst stakeholders, training and capacity building for relevant stakeholders involved in maritime security, Review legal frameworks and signing of bilateral MoU to facilitate cross-border operations, explore alternative sources of funding their armed forces outside budgetary allocation of member states to enhance the effectiveness of their response to maritime incidences.
ILLEGAL GOLD MINING OPERATIONS ENTER NEW PARTS OF PERU
On 11th October, Insight Crime reported that dredgers have been found in several rivers across Peru’s northern department of Loreto, confirming that illegal gold mining has been rapidly expanding into previously untapped parts of the country, and authorities identified and destroyed 4 dredgers used for illegal gold mining.
SEC HALTS ALLEGED $1.7 BILLION UNREGISTERED DIGITAL TOKEN OFFERING
A release on Mondo Visione on 11th October advised that the SEC had announced that it has filed an emergency action and obtained temporary restraining order against 2 offshore entities conducting an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the US and overseas that has raised more than $1.7 billion of investor funds. It says that Telegram Group Inc and its wholly-owned subsidiary TON Issuer Inc. began raising capital in January 2018 and sold approximately 2.9 billion digital tokens called “Grams”.
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