Combatting IUU Fishing in Japan

Japan fish market

Oceans 5 is supporting Seafood Legacy and GR Japan to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Japan. IUU fishing is estimated to account for 13-31% of global fish catches, exacerbating the already depleted status of fish stocks, and lowering the confidence and effectiveness of stock assessments—which are critical to ensure sustainable fisheries.

Seafood Legacy and GR Japan seek to accelerate Japan’s efforts to fight IUU fishing. The project will research the economic impacts of IUU seafood imports entering Japan. Through strategic coordination with Japanese non-government organizations, the project will engage multiple stakeholders including the Japanese government, fisheries industry, seafood market players. This will involve sub-granting to some of the organizations to support their activities.