National Plans to combat illegal, unreported and
unregulated fishing: Models for coastal and small island
developing States

FAO/FishCode Review No. 6

National Plans to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing: Models for coastal and small island developing States


FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Rome, 2004

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Foreword

This document presents model case studies for use in FAO regional and sub-regional workshops to enhance national capacity to elaborate National Plans of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (NPOAs IUU). The workshops are being held as a response to widespread agreement that the 2001 FAO International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IPOA-IUU) should be put into effect by 2004. This date was stipulated in the IPOA-IUU, and reinforced by the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the United Nations General Assembly and the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI). The model case studies are based on the work of Ms Judith Swan, FAO Consultant, with the assistance of various colleagues associated with FishCode, FAOs Programme of Global Partnerships for Responsible Fisheries. Technical advice and capacity-building for NPOAs IUU are provided as part of the activities undertaken through FishCode component projects GCP/INT/849/USA (Support for the Implementation of the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing), with Trust Fund support from the Government of the United States of America, and GCP/INT/823/JPN (Responsible Fisheries for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)), with Trust Fund support from the Government of Japan. The collaboration of Mr David Doulman (Senior Fisheries Liaison Officer, Fishery Policy and Planning Division, FAO Fisheries Department) and Mr Ben Satia (Chief, International Institutions and Liaison Service Fishery Policy and Planning Division, FAO Fisheries Department) in the preparation of this document is gratefully acknowledged.

The FishCode Review series publishes results of studies, missions, consultations, workshops, meetings and other project activities undertaken through the Programme, in furtherance of its objective of facilitating implementation of the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related international fisheries instruments and plans of action. Individual numbers in the series are distributed to appropriate governments, regional bodies, meeting participants and Programme partners. Further information on Programme background, publications and activities is available through www.fao.org/fi/fishcode.


Swan, J.
National Plans to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing: Models for coastal and small island developing states.
For Use in FAO Workshops to enhance national capacity to elaborate NPOAs-IUU
FAO/FishCode Review. No. 6. Rome, FAO. 2003. 76p.

ABSTRACT

This document presents model case studies for use in FAO regional and sub-regional workshops to enhance national capacity to elaborate National Plans of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (NPOAs-IUU). The workshops are being held as a response to widespread agreement that the 2001 FAO International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IPOA-IUU) should be put into effect by 2004. This date was stipulated in the IPOA-IUU, and reinforced by the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the United Nations General Assembly and the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI). Two model case studies are provided to show how States may develop and implement an NPOAIUU. One case study relates to coastal States, and the other to small island developing States (SIDS). While Republic of Galactia and the Alpha Islands are fictitious, the fisheries profile presented for each State draws from typical existing circumstances. Relevant details are provided about the fishing industry, fisheries management, research, development assistance and international and regional relations, treaties and organizations. Existing regional organizations and arrangements provide the basis for the fictitious models described in the case studies. Elements of a possible NPOA-IUU that could be elaborated for each State are then reviewed, taking into account the framework suggested in the FAO Technical Guidelines to implement the IPOA-IUU.

Worksheets are included that allow workshop participants to consider and set up a timetable for implementation of the NPOAs-IUU.

Keywords: Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing); Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS), Fisheries Management.


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