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Combatting and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Asia-Pacific region










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    NPOA - Australia's Second National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2014
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    Australia has a long history of combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and recognises that international collaboration is required to address the problem. It is crucial that we remain vigilant and stay ahead of the illegal operators in our own waters, regional waters and on the high seas. IUU fishing depletes fish stocks through overfishing and is a serious threat to our region's food security. It also results in large financial losses to coastal States and can seriously dam age marine environments and fish habitats. Australia's second National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (NPOA-IUU) represents a shared vision to tackle the issue. At the national level, Australia combats IUU fishing through aerial surveillance, sea patrols and real-time monitoring of fishing vessels. Vessel apprehensions, to combat illegal foreign fishing in our northern waters, declined from 365 in 2005-06 to 26 in 2013-14; some vessels were destroyed, many offenders prosecuted and, in some cases, imprisoned. Australia is active at an international level promoting stronger measures to combat IUU fishing. We participate in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network. We also provide important technical knowledge, surveillance and patrol assets. In South-E ast Asia and the Pacific region, Australia works with fishing countries and regional fisheries organisations to improve fisheries management capacity, strengthen surveillance and enforcement programmes, share information and data and raise awareness of the impacts of IUU fishing through education and outreach programmes. Jointly with Indonesia, Australia has helped fund and implement a public information campaign in eastern Indonesia to raise local fishers' awareness of the impacts of IUU fishin g and the serious consequences if caught operating illegally. Other regional assistance measures include registration of authorised vessels, listing of IUU vessels, reporting of fishing activity by flag States, implementation of port State measures to prevent landing and sale of illegally caught fish and adoption and implementation of strong conservation and management measures by regional fisheries management organisations.
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    Checklists and technical guidelines to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
    Volume II. A legal checklist of the main duties and responsibilities of coastal, flag and port States, and internationally agreed market-related measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
    2021
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    This checklist aims to provide users who are the primary actors in implementing the obligations of States under international law, including officials of States and particularly developing States, with a comprehensive checklist in order to assess the level of conformity of the national legal framework with the relevant international legally binding and non-binding instruments relevant to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing. Based on this checklist, the user should be able to assess whether each duty and responsibility is fully / partially / not found in the national legal framework, and to address any identified gaps.
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    IPOA - International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2001
    The IPOA-IUU is a voluntary instrument that applies to all States and entities and to all fishers. Following the IPOA's introduction, the nature and scope of IUU fishing is addressed. This is followed by the IPOA's objective and principles and the implementation of measures to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing. These measures focus on all State responsibilities, flag State responsibilities, coastal State measures, port State measures, internationally agreed market-related measures, resear ch and regional fisheries management organizations. Special requirements of developing countries are then considered, followed by reporting requirements and the role of FAO.

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