IUU Fishing

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

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Posted on January 18, 2018 - 1:50pm, by raye
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Via Quartz

"The lack of big data infrastructure and better cooperation mechanisms are hindering governments from tackling illegal trawling, says UK-based independent think tank Overseas Development Institute. The problem is especially severe for African nations who have limited access to enforcement capabilities and where illegal fishing annually cheats governments billions of dollars in revenue."

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Posted on January 8, 2018 - 10:10am, by raye

Via Maritime Executive 

"Sea Shepherd’s vessel M/Y Sam Simon detected the fishing vessel by radar as it navigated Liberian waters at a speed indicating trawling activity. A Liberian Coast Guard Boarding Team mobilized and found the vessel had just retrieved a trawl net. The vessel had been issued a Liberian fishing license, but the license had expired on December 31, 2017. The Guo Ji 809 had continued to fish into the new year, both on January 1 and 2, allegedly against the advice of the Liberian Fisheries Observer on board, who admitted that the vessel was actively engaged in fishing."

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Posted on December 27, 2017 - 8:43am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine 

"For years, Somalia’s subsistence and commercial fishers lost out to foreign industrial fleets from Italy, Japan, Greece, Singapore, Egypt, the former USSR, and China. Not all of the fishing was illegal, but the period was essentially a free-for-all as unlicensed foreign fleets devoured Somalia’s fish with rampant disregard for domestic and international law."

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Posted on December 20, 2017 - 9:30am, by raye
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Via The Economist 

"The biggest fishing powers—including China, the European Union, America and Japan—appeared to be on board to eliminate subsidies to vessels caught trawling without the right paperwork or in excess of their quotas. And the failure is shameful, because it abdicates responsibility for a common good—global fish stocks—the plundering of which risks dire consequences."

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Posted on December 20, 2017 - 7:42am, by raye
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Via Bangkok Post 

"About 1,900 boats became inoperable over the past two years after authorities denied licences by imposing tough regulatory conditions. The administration began tightening its grip on fishermen and trawlers after the local fishery industry was yellow-carded by the European Union in 2015."

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Posted on December 20, 2017 - 7:35am, by raye
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Via Mongabay

"Indonesia is lobbying the United Nations to allow governments worldwide to pursue money-laundering charges against illegal fishing operators, in a bid to crack down on the practice more forcefully."

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Posted on December 19, 2017 - 8:37am, by raye
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Via Ghana Web 

"Currently, no Ghanaian-flagged vessel is able to operate in restricted zones without it being observed and arrested. For that matter, the FEU has been able to achieve almost 100 per cent compliance, with respect to Ghanaian vessels fishing within authorised zones. This has also paved the way for most of the operators of industrial vessels to request for valid fishing authorisation from third party states before proceeding to fish in those waters."

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Posted on December 14, 2017 - 12:52pm, by raye
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Via SeaFoodSource

"As pressure on fish stocks increases worldwide, countries are scaling up their military responses to threats posed by both local and foreign fleets fishing illegally in their territorial waters."

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Posted on December 13, 2017 - 11:35am, by raye
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Via UNCTAD

"A takeaway from the event was that sustainable fisheries, especially in developing countries, depend on eliminating unjustifiable and unsustainable subsidies, which distort market prices, contribute to overfishing, overcapacity and generate unfair competition between industrial fleets and small scale, artisanal fishermen."

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Posted on December 13, 2017 - 10:32am, by raye

Via Phys.org

"In 2014 alone, the Asian country caught 3.7 million tonnes of fish outside its Exclusive Economic Zone but reported only 247,000 tonnes"

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