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Towards the Quantification of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Pacific Islands Region

(Client: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency) 

 

MRAG Asia Pacific was commissioned to undertake a study quantifying the estimated volume, species composition and value of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Pacific Islands region tuna fisheries.  The study estimates levels of IUU activity across each of the three main fishing sectors - purse seine, tropical longline and southern longline - and regionally.  The study also examines the likely scale of impacts on Pacific Island economies and provides recommendations to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance arrangements based on the outcomes of the report. 
 
The final report is available here: Towards the Quantification of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Pacific Islands Region.   

 

Queensland Fisheries Management Review  

(Client: Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) 
 
MRAG Asia Pacific was commissioned to undertake an independent review of fisheries management approaches in Queensland, Australia. The review involved extensive consultation with stakeholders across all sectors, including 17 public meetings along the Queensland coast.  Eighty recommendations for the design of a future fisheries management system were proposed, structured around eight main components of a 'good fisheries management system', namely: (a) policy, legislation and decision making, (b) allocation and harvest controls, (c) monitoring, information collection and assessment, (d) management of non-target species and ecosystems, (e) compliance, (f) stakeholder participation, (g) performance review and (h) resourcing.
 
The Review Team's final report is available at: Taking Stock: Modernising fisheries management in Queensland.

 

Net Returns: A Human Capacity Development Framework for Marine Capture Fisheries Management in South East Asia


(Client: Australian Government Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry)

MRAG Asia Pacific, in partnership with Poseidon ARM, was commissioned to develop a framework to guide investments in human and institutional capacity development for marine capture fisheries management among the 11 South East Asian countries participating in the Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing in the Region (RPOA).  The Framework was developed through a participatory process, with regional capacity development priorities agreed at a Regional Workshop held in Da Nang, Vietnam in November 2010.  

Net Returns: A Human Capacity Development Framework for Marine Capture Fisheries Management in South East Asia 

Pacific Regional MCS Strategy Projects

(Client: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency)

MRAG Asia Pacific, in association with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (University of Wollongong), Pacific Operations and a number of independent specialists, were commissioned by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to undertake a range of analytical projects to support the development of a Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Strategy for Pacific oceanic fisheries. 

Copies of the final project reports are available below:
  1. Safeguarding the Stocks: A report on analytical projects to support the development of a Regional MCS Strategy for Pacific oceanic fisheries
  2. Appendices 1.1, 1.3 and 1.4
  3. Pacific Oceanic Fisheries Risk Assessment tables (Appendix 2)
  4. Compliance Review (Appendix 3)
  5. Information Management (Appendix 4)
  6. Regional MCS Coordination (Appendix 5)
  7. Regional Capability (Appendix 6)
 

Review of Fish Sustainability Information Schemes

(Client: Fisheries Sustainability Information Group)

This review, written by MRAG with editorial oversight from Professor James Young at University of Stirling, was commissioned by the Fish Sustainability Information Group (FSIG), an international consortium representing a variety of national organisations concerned with seafood trade headed by Seafish. It is an objective assessment of a selection of certification schemes and recommendation lists for both capture fisheries and aquaculture.
 
Review of Fish Sustainability Information Schemes - Final Report
 

New Zealand Developing Fisheries

 
(Client: New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries)
 
This study examined best practice approaches to the management of new and emerging fisheries under New Zealand's fisheries management framework.  The report reviews approaches used to 'prove up' fisheries for new species in a range of jurisdictions internationally, looks at lessons learned from New Zealand's recent experiences with developing fisheries and makes observations on the key future challenges for the management of developing fisheries given the unique charateristics of New Zealand's management system.
 
Starting from scratch: best practice application of New Zealand's fisheries management framework to developing fisheries 
 

Investigation of Unique Vessel Identifier (UVI) and Phasing Options for the development of a Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refridgerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels

 
(Client: FAO)
 
This study explores options for the development of a unique vessel identifier (UVI) for fishing vessels to support the development of a Global Record of Fishing Vessels (GRFV).  The study also provides recommendations for the phased introduction of the GRFV according to fishing vessel risk. 
 
Investigation of Unique Vessel Identifier (UVI) and Phasing Options - Final Report
 

Best Practice Study of Fish Catch Documentation Schemes

 
(Client: UK DEFRA)
 
The purpose of this study was to review the current status of trade and catch documentation schemes used by regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) in order to assist efforts aimed at improving existing schemes and developing new schemes.
 
Best Practice Study of Fish Catch Documentation Schemes - Final Report
 

Policy Briefs

  1. Fisheries and Poverty Reduction
  2. Fisheries and Economic Growth
  3. Fisheries and Food Security
  4. Fisheries and Livelihoods
  5. Fisheries and Governance
  6. Fisheries and Access Agreements
  7. Fisheries and International Trade
  8. Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing
  9. Fishing and Subsidies

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