Joint global efforts to stop IUU fishing

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation on IUU fishing and vessel registration schemes

Joint global efforts to stop IUU fishing

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) president Susan Jackson considers the improvement of vessel registration schemes and the eradication of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) activities should be the top priority for all ocean conservation organizations.

ISSF president voiced this reflection in response to the recent Global Oceans Action Summit in The Hague, held by the Government of The Netherlands with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank.

“Monitoring the practices and the number of fishing vessels at sea in an effort to protect fish stocks and respect national and international regulation is not just a conservation issue – it’s an economic and food security concern as well,” Jackson remarked.

And she added: “Not only do illegal fishing activities involve vessels actively fishing with no regard for maritime rules, conservation management rules and protected areas, it means large gaps in data – a serious impediment to successfully and sustainably managing the world’s fisheries. And it’s a major economic drain; Interpol estimates its cost to the global economy at up to USD 23 billion annually.”

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Source: en.mercopress.com

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