NOAA launched its 2019 ‘Improving International Fisheries Management’ report highlighting the nations who haven’t made much effort to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities; Mexico, Ecuador and the Republic of Korea were identified for reported IUU activities.
In spite of a clear decline in certain fish populations, many fisheries subsidies still promote illegal fishing, overfishing and overcapacity, according to UNCTAD, adding that their removal is a priority. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 33% of the world’s fish resources are overfished, while around 60% are fished at maximum biologically sustainable levels.
The transshipment of catch, which enables fresh fish to get to market sooner, is a significant but largely hidden part of the global commercial fishing industry. Transshipment regards hundreds of refrigerated cargo vessels, or carrier vessels, roaming the oceans, taking in catch from thousands of fishing vessels and transporting it to shore for processing.
The crew of US Coast Guard Cutter ‘Mellon’, including two Canadian fishery officers, returned to their homeport of Seattle Sunday after an 80-day patrol detecting and deterring illegal fishing activity in the Pacific Ocean. The boarding teams detected a total of 68 potential violations.
The Sea Shepherd has partnered with the government of Gambia to tackle and halt illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa. The partners arrested in late August two illegal fishing vessels for fishery violations.
Ending overfishing constitutes a significant climate emergency action, according to a report published by Our Fish. The paper underlines that overfishing and climate change are two of the biggest stressors on ocean health, including to marine ecosystems, biodiversity and fisheries.
The Ghanaian Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has urged for complete eradication of the harmful, illegal practice of saiko. ‘Saiko’ is a form of illegal fishing, where trawlers target the staple catch of canoe fishers and sell this fish back to local communities at a profit.
The Coast Guard collaborated with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement in Alaska, advising all fishermen to familiarise with the laws prior to going fishing and be compliant to them.
Fisheries-related conventions are key tools used by flag, coastal and port States to monitor and control fishing vessels and limit the risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities, by enhancing transparency, traceability and governance.
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