UPDATE: The Fight Against IUU Fishing

Written by on April 11, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law

Since our initial posts about illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a partnership has formed in Africa in order to help fix this issue. You can learn more about the global fight against IUU fishing by reading these two posts:

A Successful Illegal Fishing Crackdown
In the fight against overfishing, a new Southeast African partnership is making progress. FISH-i Africa is a project designed to help end illegal fishing in Southeast Africa. Five countries in the area are members of FISH-i: Comoros, Kenya, Mozambique, Seychelles and the United Republic of Tanzania.

A couple weeks ago, the government of the Seychelles Islands denied port entry to a South Korean tuna fishing vessel due to suspected illegal fishing. This decision is a big step for FISH-i and for the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Check out this article from Stop Illegal Fishing to learn more: FISH-i Africa countries unite to deny services to a suspected IUU fishing vessel – the Dongwon Industries’ F/V Premier.

UPDATE Apr 21 — 

This same vessel, the F/V Premier was recently denied entry into yet another port. The government of Mauritius refused to allow the vessel to offload its catch in Port Louis due to its involvement in IUU fishing. For additional information, check out this article: Major Tuna Vessel is Denied Port Landing Because of Evidence of Illegal Fishing.

Yellowfin tuna caught by local fishermen in Mozambique.

Yellowfin tuna caught by local fishermen in Mozambique. Photo credit: babasteve via photopin cc.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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