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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

New report assesses and quantifies Pacific IUU fishing

Front-line officials who are responsible for monitoring and control tasks of Pacific fishing will be presented with findings of a major quantifying illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries report two years in the making. The presentation will take place in the framework of monitoring, control and supervision (MCS) meetings these officials will attend in Auckland this month.“This is the first time that the Pacific countries, through The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have been in a position to determine the type and scope of such a review. As such it will help clear the air on previous claims made, and the sensational figures that are often quoted,” FFA Director-General James Movick. (...) The report authors are the MRAG Asia Pacific, an independent fisheries and aquatic resource consulting company dedicated to the sustainable use of natural resources through sound, integrated management practices and policies. Funding for the study came from the EU-funded DEVFISH II project aimed at ensuring a fairer slice for Pacific peoples of the economic benefits from tuna fisheries.

Source: fis.com