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World News: ILO, FAO and IOM: Joint Statement on the International Day for the Fight against IUU Fishing June 07,2019   |  Source: ILO, FAO and IOM

On the occasion of the International Day for the Fight against IUU Fishing (5 June), Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Tomoko Nishimoto, Regional Director for the International Labour Organization and Dr. Nenette Motus, Regional Director for the International Organization for Migration, have made the following statement:

Asia-Pacific’s seafood not only feeds the people of this region – it feeds the planet. More than 75 percent of the world’s seafood comes from the oceans of Asia and the Pacific and yet this vital source of food security and the millions of livelihoods these fisheries support are under threat. Today we stand together to raise awareness of the insidious practice of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and acknowledge the commitment that Governments of Asia and the Pacific have made to eliminate IUU fishing from this region.

IUU fishing leads to over-exploitation of fish stocks and financially disadvantages honest fishers and the communities dependent upon them, including buyers, sellers and legitimate industrial fishing and small scale operators. Increasingly IUU fishers are exploiting our least developed

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