Member 'goulweng' is the Archivist for foundation Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT) in Bergen, an organisation that works to address illegal fishing by providing national authorities and international organisations with fisheries intelligence and analysis (see www.tm-tracking.org
). They maintain as a public service the Combined IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing) List website, which aims to provide the best available up to date information on the identities of vessels that are currently or have been IUU-listed - http://iuu-vessels.org/iuu/iuu/search
Gouweng may have approached members about photographs of interest to TMT - I have explained that Shipspotting.com has no rights in relation to the ship images placed on our platform and that they lie entirely with the posting member or other stated rights holder (or at least should do), and their use is entirely between those parties.
He has added: "More broadly, we are always interested to make contact with shipspotters and others who spend time in ports and documenting fishing vessels. Whilst we do try to monitor shipspotting.com and similar websites closely for intelligence, we are also very appreciative of anyone who is willing to share first-hand intelligence (information and/or photographs) regarding interesting fishing vessels, for example any with unclear identity, or that show up in unusual locations, or where the flag state is unclear. If this is something that you would be amenable to and you come across other vessels of interest in future (or perhaps ones you have already encountered) please keep us in mind – we would be very keen to hear about them."
Any interested members can contact him through a PM on shipspotting, or the TMT website.