On 27 July, an article from CIMSEC, the Center for International Maritime Security, starts by reminding one that illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing costs Asia billions of dollars a year, makes up around a third of the entire catch for the region, has strong links with modern slavery at sea and unregulated migration. It says that the Thai fishing fleet employs 50,000 foreigners annually, underpaid and in poor conditions, and often with links to other crime.  It also leads, CIMSEC says, to overfishing, damaging local economies, and causing serious environmental damage. All countries in the region acknowledge it is a major issue with cross-cutting impacts, yet generally lack the capabilities to manage it. The article argues that the US could make itself far more competitive in the region by contributing substantial resources to a multilateral maritime policing effort aimed at IUU fishing.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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