To curtail illegal fishing, Atlantic Ocean tuna managers should make it harder to hide

Date: November 10, 2021

Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tuna fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean provide food, income and employment for communities in more than 50 countries on five continents. Managing these fisheries—which are worth billions of dollars each year—falls to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which has numerous opportunities to act against illegal fishing at its virtual annual meeting 15-23 November.

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing threatens sustainable fishing, slows the rebuilding of overfished populations and adversely affects the livelihoods of law-abiding fishers and others who depend on a healthy ocean. The ICCAT should take these actions at its meeting to ensure that all tuna sold to consumers was caught legally and in a well-regulated environment.

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