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Preventing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

This project provides a central information point on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a serious global problem and one of the main impediments to the achievement of sustainable world fisheries. Worth between $10bn and $23.5bn per year, IUU fishing represents a major loss of revenue, particularly to some of the poorest countries in the world where dependency on fisheries for food, livelihoods and revenues is high.

IUU fishing respects neither national boundaries nor international attempts to manage high seas resources. It thrives where governance is weak and where countries fail to meet their international responsibilities. It puts unsustainable pressure on fish stocks, marine wildlife and habitats, subverts labour standards and distorts markets.

Within this context, Chatham House has since 2006 convened a meeting series, 'International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing', bringing together leading experts and policy makers working on issues related to illegal fishing to discuss the latest initiatives, regulations, and research in fisheries governance and trade in illegal fish products. 


Events

8th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
11-12 February 2013

7th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
2-3 February 2012

6th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing
13-14 January 2011

Achieving Ecological Sustainability through Increased Wealth Generation of a Reformed Common Fisheries Policy

25-26 February 2010

5th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

14-16 October 2009

Screening of 'The End of the Line'

14 October 2009

IUU Fishing: 4th Update and Stakeholder Consultation
31 March-1 April 2008

IUU Fishing: 3rd Update and Stakeholder Consultation
8-9 May 2007

IUU Fishing 2nd Update and Stakeholder Consultation
21 November 2006

IUU Fishing 1st Update and Stakeholder Consultation
9 May 2006



Publications

Combating Illegal Fishing in the EU: Interaction with WTO Rules
Briefing Paper
Heike Baumuller, January 2010

Keeping Illegal Fish and Timber off the Market: A Comparison of EU Regulations
Briefing Paper
Heike Baumuller, Duncan Brack and Katharina Umpfenbach, October 2009

Europe Controls Illegal Fishing: Caught with the Catch
The World Today 
Heike Baumuller, October 2009

Recommended Best Practices for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations
Chatham House Report
Michael W Lodge, David Anderson, Terje Løbach, Gordon Munro, Keith Sainsbury, Anna Willock, August 2007

Recommended Best Practices for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: Technical Study No. 1: Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: Progress in Adopting the Precautionary Approach and Ecosystem-Based Management
Marjorie L Mooney-Seus and Andrew A Rosenberg, October 2007

Recommended Best Practices for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: Technical Study No. 2: Practice of RFMOs Regarding Non-members
Daniel Owen, October 2007

Recommended Best Practices for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: Technical Study No. 3: The Relevance of Bioeconomic Modelling to RFMO Resources: A Survey of the Literature
Trond Bjørndal and Sarah Martin, October 2007

Best Practices for High Seas Fisheries Management: Lessons Learned
Briefing Paper
Marjorie L Mooney-Seus and Andrew A Rosenberg, May 2007

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations through Trade and Market Measures
Briefing Paper
Richard Tarasofsky, May 2007

Managing International Fisheries: Improving Fisheries Governance by Strengthening Regional Fisheries Management Organizations
Briefing Paper
Michael Lodge, March 2007


Contact

For more information please contact Estelle Rouhaud.

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