Press Release

APEC economies committed to the ocean- IUU Fishing

07/08/2018

In June, experts and decision makers from around the world gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to focus on the commitment made by nations in 2015 to protect the health of the ocean.

In June, experts and decision makers from around the world gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to focus on the commitment made by nations in 2015 to protect the health of the ocean.

Voluntary agreements have been pledged across the spectrum, from industries to NGOs, in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 “Life Below Water”.

The Global Oceans Program (GOP) of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) representative, Ms Katherine Radway said Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is diverting the commitment to reach the SDG 14 by 2020.

Ms Radway in her presentation on IUU to the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) said in order to reach the SDG 14, a combined effort is required by all groups and agencies involved in the monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) of its oceans.

“So globally we are not currently on course to combat IUU by 2020, which is the target for the UN’s Sustainable Goal 14. IUU is still profitable for some and economic incentives still exist.

“The good news is there are global solutions in place, there’s legislation and policy that is being developed and enacted, there’s also technology and platforms, there’s also inter-country initiatives where cooperation between economies can help reduce the flow and state of IUU fishing,” she said.

Ms Radway said TNC is working in unison with respective authorities and international bodies at the national, regional and global to help combat IUU fishing.

“We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, for we are focusing on is integrating these and for us the key areas to focus on are Governance, Transparency and International cooperation,” she said.

In the Pacific Islands, IUU fishing has cost US$660 million annually in loss of revenue from ocean resources.