Stop Illegal Fishing Annual Report 2016

By Stop Illegal Fishing:5th Jun, 2017: Approach

Stop Illegal Fishing has been at the forefront of fighting illegal fishing since 2007. As an African-based and Africa-focused organisation we see first-hand the issues as well as the impacts of illegal fishing, and experience the challenges in tackling these. We work with many dedicated and impassioned individuals who strive to make a difference.

Stop Illegal Fishing provides support where it is needed, by providing expertise, advice, resources, information, analyses and by creating awareness both of the issues and of progress made.

Illegal fishing continues to damage the economies, growth and potential of developing countries as illegal operators take advantage of a system full of flaws and loopholes. The current system allows changes to a vessel’s identity or changes in flag State to go unchecked, and to be used to cover up a history of illegality, or to hide the true identity of a vessel.

Our approach is leading to success, particularly through the FISH-i Africa Task Force, where we have worked on over 30 investigations and are increasingly identifying common modus operandi as well as identifying the most effective means of disrupting the illegal operators.

Our 2016 Annual Report focuses on our work in a few key areas:

  • Our evidence based approach;
  • The exchange of information and intelligence that underpins all our work;
  • Our cooperative networks;
  • Building capacity;
  • Strengthening port State controls;
  • And, raising awareness of the issues and solutions.

Stop Illegal Fishing has created a network of like-minded individuals and organizations that are working to tackle illegal fishing. We achieve change through supporting the institutions and countries most affected by illegal fishing, by challenging entrenched approaches and offering simple scalable solutions to ongoing challenges. To find out more about Stop Illegal Fishing and how you can work with us visit www.stopillegalfishing.org or contact us on pct@stopillegalfishing.com.

Download the Stop Illegal Fishing Annual Report 2016.

 

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