Draft Treaty to Ban Illegal Fishing Vessels From Ports Crafted in Rome

bluefin tuna photo

Overfishing, both legal and illegal, has pushed some fish to the brink of extinction. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, photo: José Antonio Gil Martínez via flickr

We've reported on the devastating effects that overfishing, both legal and illegal, has had on global fish stocks, as well on steps consumers can take to ensure that the fish they buy isn't from a threatened fish species. Now we have some potentially good news to pass on. More than 80 nations have come together in Rome to work on a draft treaty which will allow them to block their ports to vessels that are fishing illegally:

Under the new treaty, to be finalized this year, fishing vessels will have to notify port authorities when they want to dock, and declare their catch. The treaty will also require authorities to deny docking rights to vessels they think are fishing illegally, or to inspect them and confiscate illegal catches or equipment. (New Scientist)

Which is all fine and good, but the harder part seems to be 1) actually enforcing such a treaty, and 2) establishing legal fish catch limits that are based on actually protecting fish stocks from collapse rather than on politicized actions to protect local industries in the short term, which in the long term will end up collapsing right alongside the fish stock itself.

Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing currently accounts for 10% of all fish caught in the world.

via: New Scientist

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