Third IUU Fishing CAPFISH Workshop Delivered by WMU

From 18-21 October, the World Maritime University (WMU) hosted the third workshop on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing as part of the CAPFISH research project sponsored by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of the Republic of Korea and delivered in cooperation with the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI). The hybrid workshop included a broad spectrum of presentations from high level IUU Fishing experts to tackle the complex and multifaceted issue. Participants included maritime and ocean professionals from 20 countries.

In welcoming the participants, Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU, said, “IUU fishing continues to remain one of the biggest ocean and maritime challenges of our time and is a scourge from which the world needs to rid itself.” She confirmed WMU’s commitment to vitally important capacity-building and education drive to raise awareness and find integrative solutions to the problem.

The workshop was the third in a series intended to disseminate the expertise of United Nations specialized agencies and included expert speakers from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Additional speakers included the Chairperson of the IMO Council, representatives from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), St. Andrews University, Global Fishing Watch, Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT), the Guyana Fisheries Department, the Senegalese Maritime Administration (ANAM), the Ship Standard Bureau of Thailand, the Korea Coast Guard, the Maritime Authority of Peru, and the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), and independent experts from Fiji and Iceland.

Experts from the Republic of Korea, Peru, Thailand, Senegal, Guyana and Fiji presented case studies on the response to IUU fishing in their countries. Interactive presentations and panel sessions addressing collaboration by the UN Agencies through the Joint Working Group on IUU Fishing and related matters, implementation of international instruments to tackle IUU fishing, fisheries subsidies, small-scale fishing, and maritime crime, provided important messages on the realities and economic drivers of IUU fishing, as well as international cooperative efforts to address this problem.

The workshop also provided the opportunity for current students in the Class of 2022 to present their dissertation research focused on implementation of the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) in the Philippines, and catch documentation schemes and fisheries co-management in Ghana.

As a trans-disciplinary initiative, CAPFISH intends to break silos and provide a comprehensive picture of IUU fishing to identify adequate responses. CAPFISH aligns SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) with SDG 4 (Quality Education) to address the problem that IUU fishing presents for achieving SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth). 

To access the report from CAPFISH Workshop 1, ,click here

To access the programme from Workshop 2, click here.

To access the programme from Workshop 3, click here

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