Magazine article New Internationalist

Fishy Goings-On

Magazine article New Internationalist

Fishy Goings-On

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They may look like ordinary tourists enjoying a stroll through a port, but the Citizen Inspectors - trained up by marine conservation organization The Black Fish - are doing a vital job to protect our oceans from illegal overfishing.

Eighty-five per cent of global fish stocks are overexploited, and an estimated 50 per cent of all fish traded through Europe are believed to have illegal origins. Regulations exist to curb overfishing; they are simply not enforced. Wietse van der Werf of The Black Fish believes that their strategy of training Citizen Inspectors is having a profound effect. 'We've just signed an agreement with the Italian Coastguard to provide them with evidence to mount prosecutions. And evidence from our 2013 campaign persuaded the EU Fisheries Minister to seek a total ban on the use of driftnets.'

The Black Fish aims to train up 350 Citizen Inspectors in 5 years and 1,600 people in 10 years, which would double the current number of licensed fishing inspectors. …

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