Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing represents a serious danger to ecosystem protections, sustainable fisheries, food safety and human rights. The IUU Fishing Research & Advocacy Project seeks to identify geographic and thematic areas that are deeply affected by IUU fishing and to educate and advocate for changes to laws and policies. Through a targeted approach–working with stakeholders at all levels–the Project will develop and promote legal action and ensure fair access to fisheries.
IUU fishing escapes government oversight, often resulting in great harm to the environment and decimated fish stocks. For communities who depend on these resources for survival, the complete and final destruction of a critical natural resource can be devastating. The concomitant loss of food and livelihoods leads to human rights and humanitarian crises which have the potential to destabilize regions. To combat IUU Fishing, The Fisheries Law Centre IUU project will bring all of the Centre’s resources to ensure effective outreach and advocacy programs.