The International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about the detrimental impacts of IUU fishing on marine ecosystems, fish stocks, and economies worldwide. This observance plays a crucial role in promoting the sustainable management of aquatic resources and empowering related industries to tackle the challenges posed by IUU fishing. The need for effective regulations, sturdier enforcement mechanisms, and international cooperation is emphasized on this day, especially as increasing demand for aquatic products puts greater stress on resources.
The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) officially recognized this day in 2017 to showcase the threat of IUU fishing. IUU fishing is estimated to contribute to annual losses valued around $23 billion globally. In India, the fishing sector provides livelihood to millions of fishermen and contributes significantly to export earnings. India ranks as the world's second-largest fish producer, making it crucial for the country to implement stringent regulations to combat IUU fishing practices. Regulations will ensure the long-term sustenance of native fishery resources and protecting the livelihoods of dependent communities.
Information sessions, workshops, and interactive discussions are held to emphasize responsible fishing methods, the significance of procuring aquatic products from verified sources, and the impact of their individual actions on the health of marine ecosystems. These efforts ultimately contribute to the conservation of aquatic resources, the sustainability of the industry, and the overall prosperity of the global fishing fraternity. The International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing is observed on June 5th each year.
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References and related siteswww.seafoodsource.com: Fight Against IUU Fishing www.un.org: UN International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing www.worldwildlife.org: World Wildlife U.S. Seafood Market www.cnbc.com: Imported Unregulated Fishing In America 2022