Month: August 2018


Source: The Independent

Author: Josh Gabbatiss

Investigation reveals use of nations like Cayman Islands and Belize by companies and vessels involved in potentially damaging practices.

Industries linked to environmental damage including Amazon rainforest deforestation and illegal fishing are heavily involved in the shady world of offshore tax havens.

An investigation has revealed that huge quantities of money flowing into the Brazilian soy and beef sectors are funnelled through nations where taxation is low and financial transparency is lacking.

Continue reading Illegal fishing and Amazon deforestation operations linked with offshore tax havens


Source: The Pew Charitable Trust

Author: Huw Thomas*

Fish and fish products are among the world’s most highly traded food commodities, valued at roughly US$150 billion annually. Unfortunately, not all products are caught within the law: Illegal and unreported fishing accounts for up to $23.5 billion worth of seafood a year, according to one study—or 1 in 5 wild-caught ocean fish—making it critical that all players in the supply chain work to ensure the legitimacy of the seafood they buy and sell.

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ work to combat illegal fishing has included collaborating with international seafood brands, retailers, and processors. We’re now engaging with two sectors often overlooked by those working to eliminate the market for illegally caught fish: the fish-meal and fish oil (marine ingredients) and surimi (fish paste) processing industries.

Fish-meal comes from three sources: small pelagic (open-ocean) fish that are deliberately caught, non-targeted species caught when fishing for other species known as bycatch), or by-products generated during seafood processing in industry sectors such as surimi. In each case, the fish are landed and taken to processing factories, where they are dried and ground. The fish-meal and other ingredients are then fed to farmed fish and livestock or developed into products such as fish oil capsules.

Continue reading Illegal Catch Finding Its Way Into Fish-Meal, Other Fish Products


Source: EJF

Ghana has stepped up its efforts to crack down on ‘saiko’ – an illegal practice driving the collapse of Ghana’s inshore fishery, whereby industrial trawlers sell fish to local canoes at sea. Last week, the country’s Fisheries Enforcement Unit intercepted an alleged saiko canoe loaded with tonnes of frozen fish. Suitably deterrent sanctions must follow, say the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and local NGO Hen Mpoano, and they must be imposed not only on the saiko canoe owner, but also the operators and owners of the industrial trawl vessel that caught the fish.

Continue reading Ghana steps up the fight against illegal fishing practices


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