As part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Co-Director Jim Leape writes about the tools available to tackle illegal fishing on a global scale. IUU fishing is a threat to economic, food and human security. In many of the countries that are most dependent, one fish in three is stolen and vessels that fish illegally often carry slaves. With current technology and UN agreements, the international community has a chance to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
"The ocean is vast and it remains difficult to catch rogue ships that sail over the horizon. But we now have the tools to detect ships that are flouting the law and to shut down their lifelines – to ensure they have no place to land their catch and no one to buy it. Acting in concert, technologists, companies and governments can close the ocean to IUU fishing, and the many horrors that come with it," Leape says.