1st International Day for the fight against IUU fishing
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5 June 2018, Rome-- A growing number of countries are signing up to a global agreement that helps stop illegal fishing, as the international community today marks the first International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. IUU fishing is estimated to affect one in every five fish caught, with an annual cost of up to $23 billion.

About 10% of the world’s population directly depend on fisheries for their livelihoods, and for many developing countries, fish is the most traded food product. Fisheries also provide jobs for young people and women, but the sustainability of this important socio-economic sector is highly threatened by illegal fishing.

Opening address by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
08min. 57sec.

“Our Ocean” commitments relating to the fight against IUU fishing - (00:00) His Excellency, Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; (07:59) Her Excellency, Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister for Marine Affairs of Indonesia, host of the 2018 “Our Ocean” Conference in Bali, Indonesia.
20min. 05sec.

Background on International Day and the Port State Measures Agreement - (00:00) Abdellah Srour, Executive Secretary, General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) (in French) and Matthew Camilleri, FAO’s Senior Fisheries Officer; (07:34) Floor Discussion; (38:54) Closing remarks by Stefano Cataudella, Chairman of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
42min. 53sec.

Matthew Camilleri, FAO's Senior Fishery Officer, elaborates more on IUU fishing and the sustainable management of marine resources. Interview conducted by Murielle Sarr
6min. 02sec.
Topic(s): Conference-Council, Director-General, Environment/Natural resources, Fisheries & aquaculture, Food production & stocks, Resilience, SDGs, Zero Hunger
Produced by: Muriel Sarr, FAO
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