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Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Associated Drivers

This paper provides an in-depth look at illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which covers its drivers and consequences, especially to the ocean economy.

By looking at the breadth of issues that need reforming, the paper lays out a methodology for addressing this critical issue, including best practices for implementing the PSMA and other measures to prevent IUU fishing catches to enter into market, technologies for combatting IUU fishing, strategies for transitioning IUU fishing fleets, and the role of regional and international partnerships.

The authors for this paper are: Sjarief Widjaja, Tony LongHassan Wirajuda, Hennie Van As, Per Erik Bergh, Annie Brett, Duncan Copeland, Miriam Fernandez, Ahmad Gusman, Stephanie Juwana, Toni Ruchimat, Steve Trent and Chris Wilcox.

‘Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Associated Drivers’ launched on 8th February 2020, to coincide with the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event was convened by President Faure of Seychelles together with President Kenyatta of Kenya and President Gnassingbe of Togo with interventions from HLP Co-chair Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Blue Paper author Tony Long also attended.

Along with the WRI blog, ‘Fast-tracking Law-abiding Ships at Ports Could Help End Illegal Fishing’ by Blue Paper authors Tony Long and Stephanie Juwana; Secretariat team members Nicola Frost and Mansi Konar, Ruth Kagia, Kenya’s Ocean Panel Sherpa, published ‘Enough is enough. African nations must unite against illegal fishing’ in the Africa Report. Nature Food also published an adapted version of the Blue Paper 'Approaches to combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing'.

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