Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) Fishing is a serious threat to sustainable fisheries, marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of legitimate fishers globally. To address this threat, the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project is exploring ways to strengthen and harmonize the use of monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) tools, and combat IUU fishing in tuna fisheries across the marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). One MCS tool that the Project has explored extensively is the use of Electronic Monitoring Systems (EMS) to monitor individual vessel operations at sea.
To test the best way to incorporate this monitoring technology to the MCS toolbox available, two pilot activities were set up in Fiji and Ghana where EMS equipment was deployed aboard tuna fishing vessels.
A new video offers an overview of the Ghana project.
More on IUU: RFMO Best Practices Snapshots
A series of “snapshots” identify best practices for sustainable tuna fishing, including for topics regarding IUU fishing activities. In detailed tables, they also compare tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) progress in implementing them.
An infographic describes the negative impact of illegal fishing, a problem across the world’s oceans, and explains what ISSF does to help combat it.
About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective. In 2019, ISSF celebrated a “Decade of Discovery” as the organization completed its tenth year of scientific research, advocacy and industry engagement. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.