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Why Fish Piracy Persists

The Economics of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

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Why Fish Piracy Persists: The Economics of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing focuses on the economic, environmental and social aspects of fish piracy and identifies the forces that drive this activity. Based on data from a workshop of around 120 experts, as well as analytical documents developed for this study, this book presents the most systematic and consolidated information to date in order to assess measures already in place and to propose new solutions.

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Executive Summary

Despite national and international efforts, fish piracy continues to thrive worldwide. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a problem that affects both territorial and international waters, and involves all types of fishing vessels, regardless of their registration, size or state of repair. IUU fishing depletes global fish stocks and undermines efforts to secure and rebuild those stocks for the future. In doing so, IUU fishing activities generate harmful effects on the economic and social welfare of those involved in legal fishing, and reduces incentives to play by the rules.

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