The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.
Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing represents a serious threat to the sustainability of fish stocks and the food security of the planet. It can lead to the total collapse of a fishery or seriously jeopardize the efforts to replenish depleted stocks, this results in the loss of social opportunities such as employment and food security.
Global estimates indicate that the annual catches of IUU fishing reach 26 million tons annually, with an estimated value of 23 billion dollars.
The FAO encourages and provides assistance to its members to adopt measurements that let to end the IUU fishingfishery IUU, mainly for the adoption of instruments and international tools that support and affront this scourge. Some of them are the International Plan of Action to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU Fishing, the Agreement on Port State Measures, Catch documentation systems and the World register of Fishing Vessels, refrigerated transportation and supply.
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