With Coordinated Effort, Countries Gain Against Illegal Fishing

Date: June 4, 2019

Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Author: Dawn Borg Costanzi

Progress follows initiatives at global, regional, and national levels

The fight against a global, multibillion-dollar-a-year illicit activity can be painstakingly slow. And for more than a decade that’s been the story with the effort to end illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing around the world. But the past year has brought successive victories in numerous critical fora and, while the battle rages on, there are signs that the global community could one day declare victory against IUU fishing. As countries convene this week in Santiago, Chile, for the Second Meeting of the Parties to the Port State Measures Agreement—the first international treaty aimed to curb IUU fishing—and in celebration of the second annual United Nations-declared International Day for the Fight Against IUU Fishing, here’s a look at key recent wins.

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