IUU fishing

24 Jan
2020

Source: Maritime Executive As China’s distant-water fishing fleet has grown considerably over the past 20 years, so too has the challenge of overseeing its operations. While the majority of distant-water vessels do not break the law, the remoteness of their operations nonetheless enables IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated) fishing to persist, robbing coastal nations of resources […]

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23 Jan
2020

Source: Undercurrent News Another vessel charged with overfishing in Ghanaian waters has refused to pay the resulting fine, representing a systemic problem for the country’s government, according to the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). According to the NGO, the Chinese vessel Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 was caught in Ghanaian waters with illegal nets and undersized […]

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17 Jan
2020

Source: Seafood Source In 2017, two South Korean vessels were caught fishing illegally and violating conservation measures in the region governed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, but were not sanctioned and instead were allowed to sell their fish on the international market. The incident brought rebukes from other countries, including […]

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9 Jan
2020

Source: Undercurrent News Differences in global import control and catch documentation schemes allow illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing operators to exploit loopholes, and result in a lack of clarity and additional bureaucratic burden for industry, a group of NGOs has warned in a new report. Successfully tracing a seafood product through all relevant stages […]

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8 Jan
2020

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is prolific in many fisheries worldwide. As a response, some countries, trade blocs and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) have developed import control and catch documentation schemes to deny market access to products sourced illegally. However, the schemes in existence today differ in how they operate and what information […]

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16 Dec
2019

Source: Undercurrent News Several non-governmental organizations are welcoming the progress that South Korea is making in addressing the threat of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing even as they have concerns about an official at the government’s seafood certification body.  In a press release from Environmental Justice Foundation, the Citizens’ Institute for Environmental Studies and the […]

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16 Dec
2019

Source: Seafood Source Despite an agreement on a resolution addressing climate change’s impact on the fisheries it regulates, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) failed to tackle several key issues at its annual meeting, which took place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, last week. In its most notable move during the meeting, […]

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20 Nov
2019

Source: Seafood Source A new online tool maps vessels that have fished illegally or committed other crimes at sea, giving fishery managers and enforcement officials another way to keep tabs on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Spyglass, which contains records for nearly 3,700 vessels and 1,200 companies so far, aims to document which vessels […]

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19 Nov
2019

Source: The Guardian Children as young as 11 discovered on boats fishing illegally in Thai waters for seafood that could end up on sale in EU supermarkets Children as young as 11 are working aboard Vietnamese vessels fishing illegally for seafood that could end up on sale in supermarkets in the EU and US, according […]

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