Fishing vessels. (Photo Credit: WWF)
WWF welcomes US move against IUU fishing
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 02:20 (GMT + 9)
WWF considers that the Unites States’ Administration’s illegal fishing and seafood fraud action plan is “is a crucial win for the European Union and the global community” to combat the issue.
“We expect that the plan announced on the other side of the Atlantic will further boost the EU’s strong action to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to cost between EUR 8 billion and EUR 19 billion annually. The world’s two biggest fish importers seem now determined to close their doors to any illegal fish product,” voiced Eszter Hidas, EU Policy Officer for WWF's Illegal Fishing programme.
According to WWF, IUU fishing represents 11 million to 26 million tonnes of catch, which accounts for 13-31 per cent of global catch.
In addition, Michele Kuruc, vice president of ocean policy at WWF-US remarked that the action plan marks “a decisive shift” in US policy, since it is a way to put black market enterprises on notice that the country is closing its doors to their illegally caught seafood.
“The plan has the right elements to ensure that seafood comes from legal sources, including common-sense requirements for catch information and product traceability. It’s critical that the Administration builds on the plan’s momentum and delivers on promised timelines to ensure that all seafood entering the US will be legal and responsibly caught,” Kuruc pointed out.
The following infographic explains how illegal seafood goes from bait to plate:
- Action plan to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud