International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2021 – June 5

The United Nations(UN)’s International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is annually observed across the globe on 5th June to promote sustainability to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

Background:

i.The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to launch an initiative to declare an international day for the Fight against IUU Fishing.

ii.The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/72/72 in December 2017 and proclaimed the June 5th of every year as the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

iii.The first International Day for the Fight against IUU Fishing was observed on 5th June 2018.

Note:

In the same resolution, The UNGA also proclaimed the year 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Key points:

i.According to the FAO illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of around 11–26 million tonnes of fish every year, which accounts for an economic value of 10 to 23 million USD.

ii.The FAO conference adopted the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in 2009, which entered into force on 5th June 2016.

About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):

Director-General– QU Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy





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