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History And Scope Of Iuu Fishing

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The concept of IUU fishing needs to be understood in the wider international legal context of the terms "fishing vessel" and "fishing". In general, regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) have adopted conservation and management measures relating to the quantity of fish that may be caught, periods in which fishing may occur, size and sex of any species which may be taken, by-catch, fishing gear and technology which may be used, level of fishing effort, vessel types, and other measures protecting specific fisheries. This chapter illustrates three distinct and often inter-related components of the term "IUU fishing," what has emerged since the adoption of the IPOA-IUU is a tendency to equate IUU fishing with illegal fishing. This tendency may result in the failure to develop comprehensive measures and processes to address all components of the IUU fishing problem.

Keywords: IUU fishing; regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs)



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