The International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is an annual observance aimed at raising global awareness about the dangers IUU fishing poses to the sustainability of fish stocks, marine ecosystems, and the livelihoods of those dependent on the fishing industry. The observance promotes a collective effort to bolster international cooperation in tackling these illicit practices that threaten not just the marine ecosystem, but also social welfare and economic stability.
While the event was initiated by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization in 2015, IUU fishing has deep implications for South Africa's rich marine biodiversity and thriving fishing industry. The country's expansive coastline along both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans renders abundant opportunities for illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing. This jeopardizes the sustainable management of marine resources, undermines legal fishing practices, and affects the livelihoods of local fishing communities in South Africa. The observance of this day resonates strongly with South Africans, highlighting the need to promote sustainable practices and counteract IUU fishing.
South Africans observe the International Day for the Fight against IUU Fishing by engaging in various activities that raise awareness of the issue, promote information-sharing, and encourage regional cooperation. Activities typically involve educational and outreach events that highlight the dangers of IUU fishing and the importance of sustainable fishing practices. The International Day for the Fight against IUU Fishing is observed annually on June 5th, uniting local stakeholders, government agencies, and international partners to intensify the fight against illegal fishing practices in South African waters and strengthen their commitment to ensuring the health and productivity of this vital resource.
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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