The United Nations General Assembly on December 5, 2017, agreed to a resolution proposed by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on sustainable fisheries, thereby declaring June 5, as the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.

The first International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing was observed ON June 5, 2018, led by FAO. This international day is an extraordinary opportunity to highlight efforts taking place globally, regionally, and nationally to combat illegal fishing.

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New ideas to fight illegal fishing

We can understand that putting an end to IUU fishing is a daunting challenge. Though, this is the first time when we are witnessing the international impulse to take this issue forward. Furthermore, now we have the international treaties/ instruments that bring us all closer than ever, to reach out towards this goal.

FAO Port State Measure Agreement (2016)

  • Prevents illegally caught fish from reaching international markets through ports.

FAO Catch Documentation Schemes (2017)

  • It provides better and more harmonized traceability of fish along the value chain.

 FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Marking Fishing Gear (2018)

  • These are the international guidelines for marking of fishing gear, aimed at eliminating abandoned, lost or discharged gear.

Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels (2014)

  • Self-certified repository of Vessels involved in fishing operations.

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