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Reducing Illegal Fishing in the Southern Ocean: A Global Effort


Osterblom, H and Bodin, O and Rashid Sumaila, U and Press, AJ, Reducing Illegal Fishing in the Southern Ocean: A Global Effort, Solutions, 4, (5) pp. 72-79. ISSN 2154-0896 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing is a key barrier for fisheries sustainability and an issue challenging fisheries managers worldwide. However, there are some innovative examples of how institutions have developed solutions to this problem. This article describes how the international community, including governments, the fishing industry, and environmental nongovernmental organizations has been able to address the critical challenge of IUU fishing of Patagonian toothfish, or Chilean Sea Bass, in the Southern Ocean. In the 1990s, IUU fishing threatened to deplete toothfish stocks as well as substantially reduce the number of endangered albatross caught on baited hooks intended to catch toothfish. Data from interviews, surveys, literature reviews, and official data on estimated levels of IUU fishing illustrates how solutions to these issues were directly dependent on in-depth collaboration between diverse stakeholders. We illustrate the long process of defining and refining solutions to IUU fishing and show that there is substantial potential for other institutions managing fisheries to learn from the experiences in the Southern Ocean.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Toothfish, Southern Ocean, IUU, Illegal
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Press, AJ (Dr Tony Press)
ID Code:99120
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2015-03-13
Last Modified:2016-08-10
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