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Why Fish Piracy Persists: The Economics of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

    Fish Piracy: Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

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This book focuses on the economic, environmental and social aspects of fish piracy and identifies the forces that drive this activity. Despite national and international efforts, fish piracy continues to thrive worldwide. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a problem that affects both national and international waters, and involves all types of fishing vessels.  IUU fishing depletes global fish stocks and undermines efforts to secure and rebuild those stocks for the future. It generates harmful effects on the economic and social welfare of those involved in legal fishing, and reduces incentives to play by the rules. However, fish pirates pursue their trade because it is profitable, and will keep pursuing it as long as their income exceeds their costs.

Publication Date: 04/10/2005
ISBN: 9264010874
291 pages


The issue of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing has moved to the forefront of the international fisheries policy agenda in recent years. It is a worldwide problem, affecting both domestic waters and the high seas, and all types of fishing vessels, regardless of their size or gear. IUU fishing is harmful to fish stocks and undermines the efficiency of measures adopted, nationally and internationally, to secure fish stocks for the future. It has adverse effects on the marine ecosystem, notably on the populations of seabirds, marine mammals, sea turtles and bio-diversity as a whole. In addition, it distorts competition and jeopardizes the economic survival of those who fish in accordance with the law and in compliance with relevant conservation and management measures.

Publication Date: 30/09/2004
ISBN: 9264016791
404 pages

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  • Chapter 1. Synthesis Report
  • Chapter 2. Economics of IUU Fishing Activities
  • Chapter 3. Measures In Place against IIU fishing Activities
  • Chapter 4. Inventory of National Measures against IIU Fishing Activities

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Part I: Overview of the State of Play on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

  • Chapter 1 - Regulating IUU Fishing or Combating IUU Operations?
  • Chapter 2 - Global Review of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Issues: What’s the Problem?
  • Chapter 3 - IUU Fishing and State Control Over Nationals
  • Chapter 4 - Dealing With the “Bad Actors” of Ocean Fisheries

Part II: Compiling the Evidence

  • Chapter 5 - Using Trade and Market Information to Assess IUU Fishing Activities
  • Chapter 6 - Flags of Convenience, Transhipment, Re-supply and at-sea Infrastructure in Relation to IUU Fishing
  • Chapter 7 - Patagonian Toothfish - the Storm Gathers
  • Chapter 8 - Gathering Data on Unreported Activities in Indian Ocean Tuna Fisheries
  • Chapter 9 - Estimation of Unreported Catches by ICCAT
  • Chapter 10 - IUU Fishing in the NEAFC Area: How Big is the Problem and What Have We Done?

Part III: Economic and Social Drivers of IUU Fishing

  • Chapter 11 - Economic Aspects and Drivers of IUU Fishing: Building a Framework
  • Chapter 12 - The Cost of Being Apprehended for Fishing Illegally: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications
  • Chapter 13 - The Social Dimension of IUU Fishing
  • Chapter 14 - Incentives for Investment in IUU Fishing Capacity
  • Chapter 15 - Efforts to Eliminate IUU Large-scale Tuna Longline Vessels
  • Chapter 16 - ILO Submission to the Workshop on IUU Fishing Activities
  • Chapter 17 - IUU Fishing and the Cost to Flag of Convenience Countries 

Part IV: Ways of Combating IUU Fishing

  • Chapter 18 - Advances in Port State Control Measures
  • Chapter 19 - Potential Link Between IUU Fishing and the Status of Safety-related International Instruments Applicable to Fishing Vessels and Fishers
  • Chapter 20 - Enforcement and Surveillance: What are our Technical Capacities and How Much are We Willing to Pay?
  • Chapter 21 - Working Together - What Industry can do to Help
  • Chapter 22 - Private Initiatives: a Possible Way Forward?
  • Chapter 23 - Promoting Corporate Responsibility: The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • Chapter 24 - What Role for RFMOS (Regional Fishing Management Organisations) ?
  • Chapter 25 - The Development and Enforcement of National Plans of Action: The Spanish Case
  • Chapter 26 - OECD Intruments and IUU Fishing
  • Chapter 27 - Measures Taken by Chinese Taipei in Combating FOC/IUU Fishing
  • Chapter 28 - Halting IUU Fishing: Enforcing International Fisheries Agreements

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