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IUU fishing and unsustainable behaviour of Distant Water Fishing Fleets

Description

Distant water fishing or DWF is often connected to IUU fishing. DWF fleets have advanced capabilities and have been documented to exhaust fish stocks in one fishing area before hunting further afield, decimating fishing areas, particularly in the waters of low-income countries.  

This innovation will address a fundamental data gap related to DWF fleets and inform sustainable fisheries policies in five developing economies, namely Senegal, Ghana, Peru, Ecuador, and the Philippines. ODI will visualize, define and investigate the scale, form and behavior of international and national DWF fleets operating within the EEZs and surrounding waters of each country and analyze these data to identify patterns and commonalities, as well as specific vessels. This will allow ODI to estimate the economic losses derived from distant water fishing activities and build a business case for stronger policy and enforcement reforms.

 

 

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Details
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and unsustainable behaviour of Distant Water Fishing Fleets
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  • Innovator ODI (Overseas Development Institute)
  • OIC Financing
    249,537
  • Beneficiary Ecuador, Ghana, Senegal, Peru, Philippines
  • Category
    Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Focal Point
    Ilayda Nijhar
  • Missing fish infographic. Credit: ODI
    Missing fish infographic. Credit: ODI
  • Missing fish infographic. Credit: ODI
    Missing fish infographic. Credit: ODI
  • Intensity Fishing Activity. Credit: ODI
    Intensity Fishing Activity. Credit: ODI