Pew launches site to uncover IUU fishing


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
August 26, 2009

Pew Environment Group this week launched its Port State Performance Web site to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

The site uses Pew research consolidating five years of movement data on IUU-listed vessels, tracking their port visits globally to evaluate port state performance in combating IUU fishing.

From January 2004 to March 2009, 176 vessels were on IUU vessel lists maintained by four tuna and four high seas Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO). Port State Performance is investigating where each vessels went while on an IUU vessel list.

Port states with four or more reported vessels movements by IUU-listed vessels are profiled on the site’s World Map & Profile section. Country profiles include information concerning RMFO memberships, ratification of international treaties, discussion of country-specific findings and correspondence with the port state as well as a detailed list of all port visits by IUU-listed vessels.

The Research section offers preliminary results and conclusions as well as its initial recommendations and invites interested parties to comment on the research findings. In the Supporting Materials and Further Information section background information on the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing is provided. A glossary explaining relevant terminology is also provided, in addition to resources and useful links.

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