Countries crackdown on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

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A woman is collecting fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

A set of international guidelines to tackle illegal fishing has been agreed by countries at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.

The FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance are aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated or (IUU) fishing.

Although there are no precise statistics, it is believed that IUU fishing has escalated over the past 20 years, especially in the high seas and is estimated to be worth up to $23 billion a year.

Sandra Ferrari discussed this issue with Matthew Camilleri, a fisheries officer at FAO, who first explained what a flag state is.

Duration: 3'08"

 

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