What is IUUwatch:

IUUWatch.eu is committed to offering a broad spectrum of opinions and views from a variety of stakeholders on the issue of illegal fishing, how to stop it and secure the harmonised and effective implementation of the EU Regulation to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Content is either posted on the site by authors or aggregated from a variety of online sources.

What do we do:

Five organizations, working together to combat illegal fishing and improve transparency in the fisheries sector, keep IUUWatch updated and share their materials on it.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing has a devastating impact on marine environments, livelihoods, food security and legal fishers.  The European Union (EU), as the largest trader of fishery and aquaculture products in the world in terms of value, has invested significant effort into addressing key challenges in regional and global ocean governance. Combating IUU fishing is at the core of these efforts.

Since 2010, the EU IUU Regulation has been particularly effective in driving fisheries reforms globally. The Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana, the Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF have formed, at the same time, a coalition to ensure the effective and harmonized implementation of this Regulation. With their work, they have assisted the EU and its Member States to improve measures that stop IUU products from entering the EU market. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also participated in the significant strengthening of the EU’s external fleet Regulation during its revision.

There is however, more to be done. IUU fishing is still causing serious social, economic and environmental damage around the world and further, multilateral, action is needed to put an end to this. The EU is in a unique position to set an example and inspire action by other market and flag States, as well as regional fisheries bodies.

The original four organisations, joined by The Nature Conservancy, will continue working together to combat IUU fishing globally. They are going to focus on promoting some of EU’s best practices on ocean governance and fisheries transparency in other regions, such as East Asia, Africa, and Latin America, by ensuring that the EU effectively supports policy change through its influence as a major flag and market State. In addition, they will work to ensure that the EU remains a key actor in global oceans governance.


The  IUUWatch.eu team are grateful to all of those who have contributed articles to this website. The opinions expressed within individual articles are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of  IUUWatch.eu.

If you would like to respond to a specific article, or make an original contribution to IUUWatch.eu then we would be pleased to hear from you. Please send your comments or suggestions to info@iuuwatch.eu

The images in this website appear for the purposes of illustrating fishing and related operations only and are not intended to convey or imply, directly or indirectly, that any illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities had taken place or were otherwise associated with these images