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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English | The Fiji Times. Fiji is committed to fully implementing the Port State Measures Agreement to eliminate illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing at national and regional levels, said Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau. He highlighted this at the opening of...
English | Fiji Sun. Read about illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Pacific, and Fiji's commitment to combat it through the implementation of the 2009 FAO Agreement of Port State Measures (PSMA), as well as FAO's Matthew Camilleri, Head...
English | FAO The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Maritime University (WMU), a United Nations General Assembly recognized global centre of excellence on maritime and ocean education, research, capacity-building and economic development, are strengthening efforts to improve conservation and sustainable utilization of...