World’s marine resources have never been as threatened as they are now. Marine resources are too frequently overexploited. By overfishing and illegal fishing for example.
Illegal, undeclared & unregulated fishing (IUU) takes place when vessels or harvesters operate in violation of the laws of a fishery. It can also lead to other crimes. (IUU) fishing vessels helps facilitate other illegal actions, such as human, drug, and arms trafficking and smuggling.
Besides that, IUU is also harmful to the seafood industry. The problem lays with criminals who ignore the regulations that legal fleets must follow. Sometimes, illegal fishers use small boats poaching other countries’ fisheries. Local fishermen can’t compete and lose their livelihood. And also governments are robbed of tax revenue.
Another overexploitation is overfishing. It can cause a serious imbalance in the food chain and threaten other species like sharks, seabirds and sea turtles. Marine ecosystems like mangroves, coral reef and seafloor are being damaged as well, because of bottom trawling and dredging.
Additionally these natural resources are being threatened by pollution, global warming and coastal deforestation.
To summarize the effects of illegal fishing:
- Habitat damage
- Negative affect on global economy
- Harmful to seafood industry
Illegal fishing is a global issue and affects everyone.
Together with CLS, our partner, we stand behind a sustainable management of fisheries.
CLS provides solutions for detecting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing based on the analysis of radar and optical imagery together with the use of UAVs, software, analyses, satellite data receiving stations and a fully-equipped center to combat illegal fishing.