Promoting a more regulated, reported and legal fishing practice in the Guianas.
Our ocean supports the livelihoods of people who rely on fishing and fishing-related activities. However, Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is threatening the food supply of coastal communities as fish populations decline due to overfishing and is one of the biggest threats facing marine ecosystems. The detrimental impact of unchecked fishing practices on marine biodiversity and fisheries management at both national and regional levels cannot be overstated. The potent ability of such practices to undermine efforts towards sustainable fisheries management and conservation of marine biodiversity is a cause for concern that requires urgent attention.
IUU fishing is a pervasive practice in all types and sizes of fisheries, including those situated in the high seas and coastal zones. This illicit activity encompasses all aspects and stages of fish capture and utilization, and its detrimental effects can lead to the collapse of local fisheries. Notably, small-scale fisheries, which are typically characterized by limited resources and infrastructure, are disproportionately vulnerable to the harmful impacts of IUU fishing. To combat this issue, it is imperative that effective management and enforcement measures be implemented to ensure the sustainability and equitable distribution of marine resources.