Illegal Fishing and Transparency Archives - Oceana USA

FAR-REACHING FISHING: The Global Footprint of China’s Distant-Water Fishing Fleet

As the world’s largest and most subsidized fishing fleet, China has a significant effect on ocean ecosystems around the globe. Oceana analyzed China’s fishing* activity worldwide between 2019 and 2021 using data from Global Fishing Watch** (GFW) — an independent nonprofit founded by Oceana in partnership with Google and SkyTruth. The analysis, outlined in a new fact sheet here, sheds light on China’s global fishing footprint, which includes over 51,000 China-flagged fishing vessels. However even this is only a partial view … Read more

New Technology to Help Tackle Illegal Fishing by Alerting Insurers to Risk

Global Fishing Watch, Trygg Mat Tracking, Oceana, Ocean Unite and the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance are partnering to create a risk assessment tool to help insurers identify vessels at risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing Data-powered tool will help prevent vessels at high risk of involvement in IUU fishing operations from accessing … Read more

Chefs Call on Congress to End Illegal Fishing, Seafood Fraud, and Human Rights Abuses

Today, more than 200 chefs and restaurant owners sent a letter to Congress calling for immediate action to address illegal fishing, seafood fraud, and human rights abuses in the seafood industry. Specifically, the chefs are demanding increased traceability of seafood imports and transparency at sea to ensure that all seafood served in the United States is safe, legally caught, … Read more

Automatic Identification Systems Essential to Maintaining Safe and Sustainable Fisheries

The U.S. is home to vibrant and diverse fisheries that provide a living for more than 1.7 million people and result in nearly $200 billion in revenue annually. From gumbo festivals to backyard clambakes, seafood is an integral part of American culture. However, these traditions and livelihoods are under threat from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. … Read more