Fishing for a future: Transparency challenges in Pacific Island tuna fisheries

Date: July 1, 2020

Source: Asia & The Pacific Policy Society

Authors: Meg Keen, Quentin Hanich, Grant Walton

Can states cooperate to save sustainable fishing?

In order to improve sustainability and transparency in Pacific fisheries, better information sharing protocols, value chain tracing, and intergovernmental collaboration are needed, Meg Keen, Grant Walton and Quentin Hanich write.

The Pacific islands’ tuna fisheries are some of the richest in the world, supplying about 34 per cent of the global tuna catch. Although the fishery is one of the most sustainably managed, it is under increasing pressures from climate change impacts, transnational crime, corruption and illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Across the region the toll of IUU fishing is high, with estimates placing economic losses at over US$100 million per annum, potentially undermining resource and income security.

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