Casting a Wider Net
The world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) estimates that nearly 90 percent are fully exploited or overexploited and depleted, while demand for seafood continues to increase. Faced with this reality, fishing fleets are scavenging the globe to meet the growing demand, and in the process often engage in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
These pervasive operations do not just pose a threat to the environment, but also a significant threat to national, regional, and global security. Put simply, the challenges and threats posed by IUU fishing are vast — from ecological, economic, and food security to geopolitical stability, maritime piracy, and transnational organized crime.