Chinese trawlers on the prowl in the Indian Ocean: IUU pose the greatest maritime threat


IUU [fishing] has been rated as the highest maritime security threat, more serious than Piracy and Narcotic Smuggling, according to research undertaken by `Caught Red Handed project’.

IUU fishing image via UN

Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing is one of the gravest non-traditional global maritime security threats facing nations as there is an alarming depletion of fish in the sea. This concern has been flagged worldwide. “However, this is blatantly disregarded by China, which is a member of the UNSC and also a signatory to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. China ranked as the worst offender on the IUU Index of 2019, has committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the Paris Conference 2015, Indian Navy veteran Commodore Anil Singh tells Financial Express Online.

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