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International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

5 June, 2021

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing occurs on the high seas and in areas within national jurisdiction. It concerns all aspects and stages of the capture and utilisation of fish, and it is sometimes associated with organised crime. IUU fishing undermines national and regional efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks and, as a consequence, inhibits progress towards achieving the goals of long-term sustainability and responsibility. International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing marks the official entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement and is to regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices. The voluntary FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries sets out the means for effective conservation, management and development of living aquatic resources, with due respect for the ecosystem and biodiversity. Next year, 2022, is the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, with the focus on small-scale fishermen and women who comprise 90% of the world’s fisheries work force.

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