Pirate fishing is a term used to describe illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Certain organizations or companies ignore strict overfishing laws, fishing merely to satisfy their own quota with disregard to its environmental impact. In fact, they are driving many marine animals into endangerment, or worse, extinction. Pirates don’t care about what direct or indirect impacts they have on fish stocks or any other marine species caught or tangled in their fishing gear.
Current loopholes in international law allow a fleet of more than 1,000 large-scale fishing vessels to register under flags of convenience (FOC). The boats are owned in one country but registered in another, thus avoiding fisheries regulations. These Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) or “Pirate” fishing vessels are not only stealing fisheries resources, but also operate with total disregard for the number of seabirds they kill.
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