Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Businesses Against Illegal Fishing

Weaving alliances with companies that provide services to the marine sector is key to making them part of the solution in the fight against illegal fishing.



Illegal fishers rely on a global network of businesses that provide them with essential services, including vessel repair and maintenance, fuel provision, logistical support, satellite communications, as well as insurance and finance services to keep them operationally afloat.

At Oceana, we inform these companies about IUU fishing and help them promote policies to increase transparency and accountability within the global fishing sector.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing is so opaque that businesses providing services to illicit fishing vessel operators are often unaware that they are supporting an illegal activity, essentially acting against their own interests. For example, there have been cases where illegal fishers deliberately sink their own vessels to avoid getting caught or paying fines, leaving their insurers to bear the costs of these fraudulent insurance claims.

Companies providing services to the marine sector play a vital role in stopping illegal fishing. This is why at Oceana we weave alliances with these businesses by informing them about IUU fishing and by proposing policies to promote greater transparency and accountability within the global fishing sector.

Oceana has developed a collaborative website to assist companies in identifying IUU fishing vessels and avoiding contracts that support their illicit activities.