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Posted on January 4, 2018 - 1:42pm, by abrown

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing has direct ties to human traffickingdrug smuggling, slavery, and even gang activity. Oh, and of course it directly affects the economic and food security of billions.For example, West Africa, a region where more than 50% get the majority of their protein intake from fisheries and over 3 million are directly employed in the industry, loses 2.3 billion dollars annually to illegal fishing. Foreign IUU fishing is even an issue in the Pacific Northwest. In 2013, it was estimated that Alaskan crabbers lost over 560  million to IUU fishing to Russia.

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