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11 Mar 2019 - IISD SDG Knowledge Hub - The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and Poseidon – Aquatic Resource Management Ltd. launched an index to track illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Index scores “provide a strong indication” that SDG targets on ending IUU fishing “will not be achieved and that combatting IUU fishing remains a huge global challenge.”

  • The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and Poseidon developed the ‘IUU Fishing Index,’ which uses a suite of 40 indicators to benchmark vulnerability, prevalence and response to IUU fishing among all of the world’s 152 coastal countries.
  • The Index aims to help policymakers identify where interventions to stop IUU are most needed.

The Global Initiative argues that while SDG 14 (life below water) focuses on ending IUU fishing, there has been insufficient evidence to track levels of IUU fishing and of countries’ vulnerability. SDG target 14.4 aims to end overfishing, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and destructive fishing practices. SDG target 14.6 aims to, by 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing and eliminate subsides that contribute to IUU fishing. The Global Initiative argues that the indicators against which progress on these targets is measured are not a direct measure of IUU fishing levels. This poses challenges for governments, regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs), donors and civil society interested in identifying where interventions to tackle IUU are most needed and in comparing country performance.

To address this evidence gap, the Global Initiative and Poseidon developed the ‘IUU Fishing Index,’ which uses a suite of 40 indicators to benchmark vulnerability, prevalence and response to IUU fishing among all of the world’s 152 coastal countries. Scores range from one for the best performing to five for the worst performing countries. Users can filter the Index by regional, country and ocean basin levels and by indicator. The Index aims to help policymakers identify where interventions to stop IUU are most needed.

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Publication date: 
11/03/2019
Publication Author: 
CATHERINE BENSON WAHLÉN
Thematic Area: 
Sustainable fisheries
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