Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, or pirate fishing, has been recognised as one of the major threats to the world's fish stocks. However, the focus so far has mostly been on the impacts on marine life and on local fishing communities. While these problems are extremely serious, there's one more that is rarely reported: human rights violations. Escaping regulatory checks on their catches, IUU vessel operators frequently get away with seriously abusing the human rights of their crews. In this film, we look at the conditions in which people on board vessels that engage in pirate fishing live and work.
All at Sea was screened at the 13th UN Association Film Festival in 2010.
Soundtrack by Tom Strang.
With thanks to the sound studio 4AM Productions.
Deadly Catch takes a closer look at the huge impacts illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, or pirate fishing, is having on communities in Sierra Leone.
Stolen Fish documents the extent and impacts of illegal - or pirate - fishing off the coast of West Africa. It investigates who the pirates are and the sophisticated ways they launder their illegal catches into the European market so that the fish ends up on our plates.
Watch EJF's new video following the launch of the new Cod Save The Sea T-shirt at London Fashion Week 2011.
The Cod Save The Sea T-shirt is part of The Rodnik Band’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection inspired by EJF’s work to end pirate fishing.
The Rodnik Band, who caused a stir at New York and London Fashion Weeks this season, created a collection of the brand's signature "art dresses", from aquatic shades of fish to chips-shaped ball gowns and submarine trench coats.
Get your Cod Save The Sea T-shirt at http://www.just-for.co.uk/.
EJF's Ocean Campaigner Andy Hickman speaks at the Frontline Club on the 7th June. Short film screening of Deadly Catch, followed by a discussion with an expert panel and audience Q&A. Chaired by Tom Clarke, science correspondent Channel 4 News. Domitilla Senni, policy adviser to the Pew Environment Group since 2006. John Pearce is a Senior Consultant at MRAG Ltd.
One of the single biggest factors in ocean degradation is overfishing. Fish stocks have declined dramatically, with as much as 90% of big fish gone in some parts of the global ocean. More than one billion people rely on fish as their main source of protein globally. As catches decline and quotas and rules are tightened in response, there has been a huge increase in illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) or “pirate” fishing.
Pirate fishing is estimated to make up almost one-fifth of the global catch, and respects neither national boundaries nor international attempts to manage ocean resources. The recent seizure of £4 million worth of seafood in the Spanish port of Las Palmas, allegedly caught illegally in west African waters and headed for dinner tables in Europe, serves to highlight this growing criminal trade, which exploits lax regulations at ports and on the high seas, and often involves serious human rights infringements.
Roundtable to discuss the international guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure and the relevance for Ghana’s fisheries sector: This report summarises the discussions in Ghana led by the Environmental Justice Foundation, Hen Mpoano and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on the implementation of new international guidelines on tenure rights to protect the country's fisheries sector.
Joint communique from the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council and National Fish Processors and Traders Association: In this communiqué Ghana’s small-scale fishers, fish traders and processors make their priorities clear as the country’s fisheries laws are reformed. EJF supports the recommendations as essential steps to rescue Ghana’s struggling fisheries.