U.S., EU, and Japan NGO Coalition Aligns to Combat Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor

Created on Thursday, 10 February 2022

Today, the One Ocean Summit – a global forum to inspire and mobilize international communities to act on some of the greatest issues facing oceans and the people who depend on them – kicks off in France. The Summit attracts hundreds of national representatives as part of the United Nations Decade of Oceans Science for Sustainable Development. The next three days provide government leaders with the opportunity to collaborate on some of the most timely issues, making this event an advocacy bonanza for non-profits worldwide. 

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest threats to our oceans. It impacts environmental, social, and economic well-being, which is why today, FishWise joined a global coalition working on environmental and human rights issues to urge the European Union, Japan, and the United States members at the One Ocean Summit to join forces and combat IUU fishing. 

The EU, Japan, and the U.S. represent the largest and most valuable seafood import markets globally, accounting for over half of internationally traded seafood. Today’s call to action signifies an unprecedented level of alignment from some of the top ocean conservation organizations within these three nations. Our coalition includes many groups, like FishWise, that set best practices, lead government relations, and partner with major seafood companies to provide procurement guidance that helps to improve supply chain practices. Today’s call to action represents the kind of government change we expect to see from our leaders. 

IUU fishing threatens the sustainability of ocean life, food security, coastal livelihoods, and it often involves other illegal activities, including modern-day slavery. Although there are “hot-spots” of IUU fishing activity, it occurs worldwide. Focusing on priority species and market States to end market access to IUU fishing sends a critical message to our leaders to support responsible seafood procurement. Implementing electronic traceability and improving regulations are two of the most impactful ways to put an end to IUU fishing. Read more about our collective ask in today’s media release.


Written by

Lana Brandt

Lana Brandt, Communications Manager