Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing remains one of the greatest threats to marine ecosystems due to its potent ability to undermine national and regional efforts to manage fisheries sustainably as well as endeavours to conserve marine biodiversity. IUU fishing takes advantage of corrupt administrations and exploits weak management regimes, in particular those of developing countries lacking the capacity and resources for effective monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS). IUU fishing is found in all types and dimensions of fisheries; it occurs both on the high seas and in areas within national jurisdiction, it concerns all aspects and stages of the capture and utilisation of fish, and it may sometimes be associated with organized crime. Fisheries resources available to bona fide fishers are removed by IUU fishing, which can lead to the collapse of local fisheries, with small-scale fisheries in developing countries proving particularly vulnerable. Products derived from IUU fishing can find their way into overseas trade markets thus throttling local food supply. IUU fishing therefore threatens livelihoods, exacerbates poverty, and augments food insecurity.

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This brochure gives a summary overview of four international binding fisheries instruments (conventions and agreements) that promote the safety of fishing vessels, safety of fishers, training of fishers and responsible and safe fisheries operations. This brochure has been prepared by...
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Ahead of the Fisherman's Day, celebrated this year on July 12, Vasily Sokolov, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo), gave an interview to the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation on issues related to the development of the...
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Webinar, held on the occasion of the third International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, held on 5 June 2020. Follow the Webinar On Demand on FAO's YouTube channel, here.