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Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Author: Julie Janovsky*

Ten years ago, with ocean ecosystems and coastal communities feeling the impacts of illegal fishing, the European Union stepped up by adopting the first regulation to address this destructive crime. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for up to US $23.5 billion worth of seafood per year globally, or up to 1 in every 5 fish sold at market. It depletes fish populations, threatens the resilience of our ocean, skews scientific stock assessments, and steals from communities that rely on healthy fish populations. Continue reading EU Fights Illegal Fishing, One Card at a Time


Source & Author: Oceana

Oceana launched today a report uncovering 41 potential cases of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Mediterranean Sea using data from Global Fishing Watch. The findings were submitted and discussed at two governmental meetings of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)1, during which countries failed to provide clarification on whether any vessel has been fined or if any punishable action will be taken.Italy is top offender, allowing bottom trawling in important fish habitats of heavily overfished species such as hake. Continue reading Oceana uncovers dozens of cases of illegal fishing in protected areas in the Mediterranean


Source: EJF

On the world’s first awareness day for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, a new film by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Hen Mpoano revealed the true extent of the crisis in Ghana’s fisheries. In particular, the illegal practice of ‘saiko’ – where industrial trawlers sell fish to local canoes at sea – is driving the collapse of Ghana’s inshore fishery, on which millions of Ghanaians rely for food security and income.   Continue reading EJF releases new film highlighting the destructive and illegal fishing practice known as saiko


Source & Author: EJF/Oceana*

Many fish products sold on the EU market originate from fish caught under poor conditions, from a sustainability, hygiene, safety or labour perspective. Some products can be traced directly to fishing activities that are damaging to the environment or do not respect international social and labour rights; rules that are mandatory for the EU fishing industry. This is problematic on many levels: it creates unfair competition for EU operators; it opens the EU market to supply chains with unsustainable environmental or poor labour practices; and it is runs contrary to the EU’s commitment to improve international fisheries governance and to pursue a responsible trade policy as an instrument for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But things can be changed: on 30 May 2018, the European Parliament will vote on a motion for a resolution initiated by the Member of European Parliament (MEP) Linnéa Engström, concerning the implementation of control measures for establishing the conformity of fisheries products with access criteria to the EU market. Continue reading European Parliament to vote on Resolution calling for an improved control regime of fisheries products and level playing field in EU seafood trade