IUU fishing can include failing to report catch, using illegal gear, fishing without licenses, and even painting new names on vessels while at sea to avoid detection by authorities. This activity cheats coastal communities out of food and income, skews scientific stock assessments, undermines law-abiding fishers, and deceives consumers who trust that the fish they purchase was caught within the law.
The global seafood industry supports millions of jobs and feeds billions of people, but pressure on fish stocks is at an all-time high. Allowing illegal fishing to continue could have dire consequences for the health of the ocean, and all who depend on sustainable fisheries.
Pew is focused on building a global system to combat illegal fishing by working with governments, fisheries management bodies, enforcement authorities, and the seafood industry to adopt and implement the right regulations, policies, and tools to improve information sharing, monitor activity, and deter and prosecute illicit operators.
Pew helped Interpol create a network for sharing information among nations fighting illegal fishing—and halted a ship’s infamous career. Read more in the most recent issue of Trust magazine.
Learn about Pew's staff working to combat illegal fishing.
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