Turning the Tide: Learning from Responses to Large-Scale Illegal Fishing

This project conducted a cross-regional analysis to establish the factors behind the collective failure to provide an adequate global response to large-scale illegal fishing.

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Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing poses not only a systemic threat to the marine environment, but also a sustained threat to national and regional security. While many states have enacted key measures to address IUU fishing, progress in implementing effective practical measures has often been limited. The result has been a collective failure, at a systemic level, to provide an adequate global response.

This lack of progress has rarely been the subject of detailed cross-regional analysis. Little work has been done to assess the extent to which existing measures have mitigated the role that transnational organised crime plays in IUU fishing.

This project sought to address these gaps by examining experiences in five countries: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Tanzania and South Africa. In each case, the project investigated the successes and failures of existing responses, offering a more comprehensive understanding of the obstacles to – and opportunities for – effective action.

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Project sponsor

  • The PEW Charitable Trusts

    The project research was supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Project outputs

Access the main publication output for this project and the accompanying Twitter thread.

Turning the Tide? Learning from Responses to Large-Scale Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in Five Countries

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