Month: February 2020

27 Feb
2020

Source: The University of British Columbia More than eight million to 14 million tonnes of unreported fish catches are traded illicitly every year, costing the legitimate market between $9 billion and $17 billion in trade each year, according to new UBC research. In a paper published in Science Advances, researchers from the Fisheries Economics Research Unit and the Sea […]

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26 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source Aligning countries’ seafood import control schemes would reduce cost burdens for seafood companies while helping prevent illegally caught fish from reaching global markets. A coalition of NGOs is arguing that major seafood importing countries and Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) need to ensure that their import regulations require the collection of 17 […]

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19 Feb
2020

Source: Science Daily Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights abuses, finds a new analysis by a team of environmental researchers. “These fisheries observers risk their lives to watch over industrial fishing activities, and yet […]

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18 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source Belize has formally adopted a law that will expand its marine protected areas establish a national fishing rights system for its small-scale fishermen. The new law was passed by the Senate of Belize on 20 January and formalizes the country’s adoption of an ecosystem-based management approach. The legislation also creates a fisheries […]

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14 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source The U.S. government has allocated USD 8 million (EUR 7.3 million) to fight IUU fishing and bolster the country’s Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) as part of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) that was approved in January. As part of the agreement, funding will go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

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12 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source Several retailers and buyers sourcing seafood from Thailand have called on the Southeast Asian nation to preserve major regulations in the fisheries sector amidst fears that recently-made reforms may be rolled back. In an open letter posted on the website of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) last week, the buyers said they “urge the Royal […]

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10 Feb
2020

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing depletes fish stocks, weakens economies, and undermines conservation and management efforts. It also jeopardises the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable communities and costs the global economy tens of billions of euros annually. Strengthening fisheries governance is urgently required to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  agenda. Particularly […]

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7 Feb
2020

Source: Seafood Source Some of the key global instruments to fight illegal fishing are under-resourced and underperforming, according to Sally Yozell, director of the environmental security program at the Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C., U.S.A.-based think-tank. Previously a senior adviser to former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Yozell was instrumental in starting the Our […]

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6 Feb
2020

Source: Africa Online Monrovia – In May 2017, during the last year of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the European Union (EU) issued Liberia a yellow card, identifying it as not cooperating in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. In recent years, the Government of Liberia (GoL) and the EU have been working behind the scenes in hopes of […]

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6 Feb
2020

Source: Hakai Magazine New research examines how illegal fishing hurts Somalia’s economy, exacerbates conflicts, and upsets political stability. In Somali waters, illegal fishing is a pervasive problem. It triggers clashes between foreign and domestic fishers, and destabilizes Somali life. For at least seven decades, foreign fishers have harvested Somalia’s fish with little or no deterrence. […]

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