“Fighting IUU Fishing: We Need to Focus on the Unregulated”
- 4 July 2019
- Category: News
BY ANTHONY UBERTI, CLS FISHERIES
The Ecologist, June 26, 2019
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing all seriously impact the sustainable management of fishing.
We are all increasingly aware of the perilous state of our oceans and seas, of growing pollution, of huge volumes of plastic waste and over-fishing.
The importance of harvesting fish stocks at sustainable levels is easily understood when we know that the world’s reported total fish catches have been stable since the late 1980s, yet the global population is expected to reach 10 billion in 2050. Fighting against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is an absolute priority.
The UN biodiversity report published in May this year stated that by 2015, 33 percent of marine fish stocks were being harvested at unsustainable levels; 60 percent were maximally sustainably fished, and only 7 percent were harvested at levels lower than what can be sustainably fished.