Response to COVID-19 Reinforces Lessons for the Fight Against Illegal Fishing

Date: June 5, 2020

Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Increased cooperation, collective accountability demonstrate a pathway to change

A year ago, we observed the second annual United Nations-declared International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing with a look at successes and with a cautious optimism that the global community was headed in the right direction. While the work to end IUU fishing under United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 continues, progress has been made: an ever-growing list of countries have committed to end this practice.

This year, however, the unprecedented challenges with COVID-19 have demonstrated the need to adapt, build resilient systems, and, above all, cooperate internationally. There’s a lesson here for the fight against IUU fishing: When there is great need, political will—and, with it, potential change—can build quickly.

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