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Fishery observers monitoring the transfer of catch in 2019. Covid restrictions have since prevented many observers from doing their jobs (Image © Tommy Trenchard / Greenpeace)
October 2, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic does not appear to have hindered the distant-water fleets of China and other major fishing nations, but it has largely sidelined the fishery observers and port officials who monitor illegal fishing...The presence of independent observers on trawlers is a frontline deterrent to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. A 2016 study found that a third of the world’s fish catch is not reported.

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