Illegal fishermen are more dangerous than pirates. You may have heard it here first, but the U.S. Coast Guard said so in 2020: illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU Fishing, or IUUF) is the No. 1 global maritime security threat.
Hungry nations are exploiting others’ fishing stocks as overfishing has drastically depleted the world’s supplies. In the process, they undermine the global economy, threaten traditional livelihoods, deprive populations of their traditional protein source, and facilitate transnational crime.