IUU Fishing in the Pacific Islands

purse seine demonstration
© Katrina Reilly / WWF-New Zealand

WWF was invited to contribute to this inquiry based on its long history of more than 30 years working in the Pacific Islands region and at least 15 years working directly on the conservation of the Pacific tuna fisheries.  

WWF has supported a variety of initiatives across the region aimed at addressing Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing through policy, advocacy, legal, technological, and community engagement tools.  

This submission is not intended to represent a comprehensive report addressing all aspects of IUU but is intended to provide a basic survey of the problem of IUU, briefly evaluate existing approaches to address IUU, and propose some recommendations WWF believes New Zealand should consider to better address IUU. ew Zealand's commitment to conservation and sustainability.