International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

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2022 Date5 June 2022
2023 Date5 June 2023
International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing History

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 5th of 2017. The goal of the observance is to fight illegal fishing. According to the United Nations, illegal fishing activities are accountable for the death of 11 to 26 million tonnes of fish per year. This quantity can be valued at over $10 billion.

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing is observed annually on June 5th. This date was chosen because on June 5th of 2016, the first international treaty was created to end illegal fishing.

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International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Facts

  • According to the UN, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activities account for the loss of about 11-26 million tons of fish each year. This loss is estimated to have an economic value of $10-23 billion.
  • Small-scale fishermen and women comprise 90% of the world's fisheries work force.
  • According to Seafoodsource, the estimated cost of the ongoing fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing is about $50 billion.

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