Salient issues of concern on IUU fishing in the high seas surrounding the Pacific Island countries of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
This report is based on desktop research of existing reports and literature on transshipment practices, human rights issues at sea, bycatch and traceability practices and its links to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The report also demonstrates the extent, nature and impact of these issues of concern on the high seas surrounding Pacific Island countries (PICs) of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). The report identifies recommended management options at the international level that PICs and regional bodies such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) can implement to curb, and combat IUU fishing. It also highlights current management practices that PICs are implementing to address IUU fishing and other issues of concern. Findings from this report will help to enhance awareness and understanding of the wider public and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the impact these issues have on PICs and is intended to help support PICs in their effort to address IUU fishing and related issues in the Pacific Island region.