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

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

ERA Journal ID33615
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AuthorBaird, Rachel
Journal TitleMelbourne Journal of International Law
Journal Citation5 (2), pp. 299-334
Number of Pages36
Year2004
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1444-8602
1444-8610
Web Address (URL)http://www.mjil.law.unimelb.edu.au/issues/archive/2004%282%29/01Baird.pdf
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.

Keywordsfishing; marine fisheries; illegal fishing
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480299. Environmental and resources law not elsewhere classified
300505. Fisheries management
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