Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud
Oceana increases transparency on the oceans and traceability of the seafood supply chain to help stop illegal fishing and seafood fraud.
Seafood fraud and illegal fishing are significant threats to the balance and sustainability of fish populations worldwide. With millions of people depending on seafood for nutritional and economic benefits, healthy oceans are critical. Seafood fraud undermines honest businesses and fishers that play by the rules, rips off consumers and can even impact their health. Seafood fraud can also lead to the laundering of illegally caught fish, hampering efforts to stop illegal fishing. Economic losses from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to be between $10-23 billion each year. IUU fishing has even been linked to transnational crimes like human trafficking and forced labor. Transparency at sea and traceability in the seafood supply chain are essential to monitor fishing, identify suspicious activities, eliminate illegal fishing and restore healthy fisheries.
To that end, Oceana promotes traceability throughout the seafood supply chain, and is leading a new era of transparency at sea. Through traceability and transparency, we can encourage responsible fishing practices that will return our oceans to their former abundance.