CAPFISH

A capacity-building project to progress the implementation of international instruments to combat IUU fishing
Project Duration
July 2021
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June 2022
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Project Website

Education is one of our most powerful tools for empowering people, changing attitudes, and solving complex problems. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a complex international governance and sustainability problem that is multifaceted and needs to be tackled from many specialist angles. To solve the problem in the real world requires coordination and holistic understanding of the problem and dissemination of this knowledge, particularly to developing country actors who need it most and have the power to effect change in their communities and institutions.

The CAPFISH project will draw upon global expertise in fisheries such as the United Nations Agencies directly involved in the fishing sector (FAO, ILO, and IMO), non-governmental organisations, and experts across the world, we aim to create a unique opportunity for transformative education to help solve the problem of IUU fishing.

Through a series of educational workshops the CAPFISH Project will disseminate the expertise of the UN specialized agencies as well as incorporate academic and practical knowledge to maritime professionals from across the developing world. CAPFISH will be a trans-disciplinary initiative that integrates science, economics, maritime policy and ocean governance, law and regulation, maritime technology and operation, safety at sea, societal factors, human rights, and compliance monitoring and enforcement. 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).

Principal Investigator
Francis Neat
Professor, Sustainable Fisheries Management, Ocean Biodiversity and Marine Spatial Planning, Nippon Foundation Chair; Head, Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management
Co-principal investigator
Raphael Baumler
Professor, Head of Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration
Project Officer
Kathleen Auld
Research Associate