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Combatting IUU fishing in Japan

Oceans 5 supports organizations seeking to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Japan. IUU fishing is estimated to account for 13-31% of global fish catches, exacerbating the already depleted status of fish stocks, and lowering the confidence and effectiveness of stock assessments—which are critical to ensure sustainable fisheries.

The international community has committed to tackling IUU fishing. Since 2010 the European Union has implemented the IUU Fishing Regulation to prevent IUU seafood from entering its market. The United States will also join the efforts to combat IUU fishing through its Seafood Import Monitoring Program in 2018, which establishes permitting, data reporting and recordkeeping requirements for the importation of high IUU-risk fish and fish products. As the world’s third largest fish importing market, Japan is expected to contribute to these international efforts to eliminate IUU seafood products from its market.

With Oceans 5’s support, GR Japan is implementing a project to accelerate Japan’s efforts to fight IUU fishing. GR Japan is public policy and government relations advisory firm. The project will research the economic impacts of IUU seafood imports entering Japan. Through strategic coordination with Japanese non-government organizations, the project will include an outreach campaign targeting multiple stakeholders including the Japanese government, fisheries industry, seafood market players. This will involve sub-granting to some of the organizations to support their activities. Equally critical is establishing effective communications channels to reach the public. The project will develop a dedicated IUU fishing website targeting Japanese stakeholders as part of its communication strategy.

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Sarah Carr, 2009/Marine Photobank

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