We train volunteers as undercover fisheries observers to become actively involved in port inspections and market research.
Our team is joining and organizing events all over Europe, to talk about the challenges the ocean faces and the work of FishAct.
To stop overfishing, we are working together with other organisations and meet politicians and stakeholders.
Industrial fishing is a multinational, multibillion-dollar industry, which has been depleting fish populations worldwide for decades, driving many marine species towards extinction.
It is estimated that the fishing industry kills between 1 and 2.7 trillion fish from the wild every year. The reason why industrial fishing vessels can catch these huge amounts of fish is their size and their technical equipment.
Despite this overexploitation of our seas, the EU is still the world’s primary importer of fish. Today, each person eats on average 19.2 kg of fish a year, that’s almost twice as much as what we ate 50 years ago. Our oceans simply cannot withstand this level of exploitation.
(image source: U.S. Coast Guard)
Low priority given to IUU fishing by enforcements is an enticing factor for associated activities, because it’s low risk, but high return. Far from constituting a harmless lack of compliance with regulations, IUU fishing destroys marine ecosystems, threatens food security, harms legitimate fishers and damages the economy and state governance.
The upcoming Agriculture and Fisheries Council deliberations on fishing limits for 2020 will take place in a very specific context: this Council represents the last
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