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Illegal fishing becoming top maritime security risk

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Title:Illegal fishing becoming top maritime security risk
Authors:East-West Center
Date Issued:19 Oct 2021
Publisher:Honolulu, HI : East-West Center
Abstract:Experts highlight the scope of the threat in the Indo-Pacific region. Quick take:
- Research suggests that up to one in five fish is caught and sold illegally worldwide.
- Officials say that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is replacing piracy as the world’s top maritime security threat.
- IUU fishing activities threaten the world’s ocean ecosystems and place law-abiding fisheries at a disadvantage.
- Low levels of enforcement provide an entry point for maritime crime such as arms smuggling, drug running and human trafficking.
- Weakly managed fisheries, inshore poaching by foreign vessels, and illegal activities by licensed ships are the biggest contributors to the IUU problem in the Indo-Pacific region.
Description:Part 1 of a 2-part series.
Read part 2: The Global Battle Against Illicit Fishing (

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