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Closing Gaps in National Regulations Against IUU Fishing
Closing Gaps in National Regulations Against IUU Fishing
OECD Agriculture and Resource Policies Division
February 2019
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global problem. Greater awareness of the seriousness of the issue has brought consensus on the need for coordinated action. 
 
This report identifies the progress achieved by individual countries in implementing internationally recognised best policies and practices against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing since 2005. It aims to inspire and guide governments and all stakeholders in the fisheries sector in how to focus their effort and investment to step up their fight against IUU fishing. The paper builds on a suite of policy indicators that investigate the extent to which countries meet their responsibilities in the most important dimensions of government intervention in relation to IUU fishing. The indicators show considerable improvement in fighting IUU fishing over the last decade, in line with international treaties and voluntary agreements. They also point to the gaps that need to be closed to individually and collectively work towards eliminating IUU fishing.
Key Learnings
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Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a serious threat to fisheries and fisheries dependent communities, the ocean ecosystem, and societies.
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Considerable progress has been made by governments over the last decade in implementing internationally-recognised best policies and practices against IUU fishing.
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Stronger sanctions, comprehensive control along the value chain, and more co-operation among fisheries stakeholders are the top priorities for continued improvement.