IUUWATCH launched to combat EU’s illegal fishing trade

Date: October 23, 2015

Source & Author: World Fishing & Agriculture

A ‘one-stop shop’ has been launched to help combat the illegal fishing trade.

New website IUUWATCH.eu provides a single point for all documentation, facts and figures and news relating to the EU’s fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The EU’s 2010 IUU Regulation is at the forefront of tackling the global trade in illegal fishing. Estimates put the proportion of stocks taken illegally from the ocean at one in five. This accounts for 26m tonnes of catch, costing up to €19bn annually, threatening both fish stocks and the livelihoods of law-abiding fishermen.

As the largest market for seafood products, the EU has a critical role to play in stemming the illegal fishing trade. By bringing together key players such as the Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana and the World Wide Fund for Nature, IUUWATCH.eu has an important part to play in helping implement the EU regulations.

Features of the new website include regular blog posts providing analysis and comment on the role the EU takes in the prevention of illegal fishing, details of upcoming events and an up-to-date map of countries that have been warned or sanctioned for failing to prevent illegal fishing.

– See more at: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/iuuwatch-launched-to-combat-eus-illegal-fishing-trade#sthash.EYo4Lg5D.dpuf

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