Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing: an analysis of the legal, economic and historical factors relevant to its development and persistence

Baird, Rachel (2004) Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing: an analysis of the legal, economic and historical factors relevant to its development and persistence. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 5 (2). pp. 299-334. ISSN 1444-8602

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Abstract

The state of global marine fisheries is of common concern to humankind. The emergence and persistence of noncompliant fisheries practices conveniently (though sometimes confusingly) labelled 'Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing' ('IUU fishing'), is of particular concern for the international community, regional fisheries management organisations and coastal states. A number of factors have contributed to the emergence of IUU fishing. Historical and economic developments have shaped the evolution of modern fisheries and whilst not always desirable, they are influences that must be accepted and understood. Factors facilitating the persistence of IUU fishing tend to be primarily legal in nature. Hence there is scope to address these matters with the aim of creating a legal environment where IUU fishing becomes less attractive. It has been acknowledged that there is no one single solution to the problem of IUU fishing. It is argued that this is because there is no one single contributing factor. Rather, noncompliant fishing is a product of the development of the law of the sea, in particular over the past two centuries. The law of the sea is itself a product of the political, economic and sometimes legal, interests of states.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher (Melbourne Journal of International Law)
Depositing User: Dr Rachel Baird
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 22:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: fishing; marine fisheries; illegal fishing
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7406

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