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Date Document Focus Area Location
February 2011

Transnational Organized Crime in the Fishing Industry

The study posed the questions whether there is transnational organized crime and other criminal activity in the fishing industry and, if so, what the vulnerabilities of the fishing industry are to transnational organized crime or other criminal activity. The research took the form of a six-month desk review of available literature, supplemented by ad hoc consultations and a two-day expert consultation held in Vienna, Austria.

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Regional and International Coordination
May 2010

Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

This document outlines important facts about the world’s fisheries, including the state of fish stocks, fishing fleet information, IUU fishing, and the contribution of fish to development. The report highlights the decline in fish stocks and the number of fishing vessels.

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Regional and International Coordination
May 2010

Assessment of the Status of the Artisinal Fisheries in Puntland through Value Chain Analysis

This report presents the findings of a study conducted along the Puntland coastline in February 2010 as part of VSF Suisse's intervention in the fisheries sector. The overall objective of this study, which was funded by the UNDP Somalia, was to undertake an assessment of the Puntland fisheries sector through value chain analysis and assessment of the current production and its impacts on the marine environment.

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Fisheries Conflict Somalia and Somaliland
March 2009

Marine Spatial Planning: a step-by-step approach toward ecosystem-based management

Marine spatial planning (MSP) creates a framework for countries to manage their marine resources by understanding the interactions among the variety of uses of the marine space and how those uses can be managed to avoid conflict while developing economic and ecosystem sustainability. This UNESCO guide offers a step-by-step approach to create and apply a marine spatial plan.

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Fisheries Conflict, Fisheries Governance & Policy
February 2009

The Sunken Billions: The Economic Justification for Fisheries Reform

Economic losses in marine fisheries resulting from poor management, inefficiencies, and overfishing add up to US $50 billion per year. Taken over the last three decades, these losses total over US$2 trillion.The Sunken Billions: The Economic Justification for Fisheries Reform argues that well-managed marine fisheries could turn most of these losses into sustainable economic benefits for millions of fishers and coastal communities.

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Fisheries Governance & Policy
January 2009

Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, or the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), seeks to combat IUU fishing through the implementation of robust port State measures. The PSMA envisages that parties, in their capacities as port States, will apply the PSMA in an effective manner to foreign vessels when seeking entry to ports or while they are in port.

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Regional and International Coordination
March 2006

Closing the Net: Stopping Illegal Fishing on the High Seas

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a serious global problem. It is increasingly seen as one of the main obstacles to the achievement of sustainable world fisheries. Recent studies put the worldwide value of IUU catches at between USD 4 billion and USD 9 billion a year. The High Seas Task Force has therefore devised a set of practical proposals intended to tackle the root causes of IUU fishing.

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Regional and International Coordination
June 2005

Fisheries, Ecosystem Justice and Piracy: A Case Study of Somalia

It has been argued that a possible root cause of Somali piracy is the (illegal) overfishing that has been taking place in the country's waters, which has deprived local fishers of their livelihoods, and which may be considered another form of 'piracy'. In this paper, we explore the origins of this arguement and argue that the origin of piracy in Somalia is a result of a combination of state failure, IUU fishing, toxic waste dumping and its impact on the ecosystem.

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Fisheries Governance & Policy Somalia and Somaliland
January 2005

Feasibility Study for the Fishery Sector in Puntland

The study was undertaken with the objective of assessing the development potential of the fisheries sector in Puntland, in terms of growth potential and actions/interventions required for further development. The assessment is part of UNDP's efforts to improve livelihoods and promote economic diversification that form part of the UNDP Strategy for Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery (PRER).

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Fisheries Governance & Policy Somalia and Somaliland
January 2004

Feasibility Report on the Fisheries Sector in Somaliland: Current Status, Opportunities and Constraints

The following study was undertaken with the objective of assessing the development potential of the fisheries sector in Somaliland, in terms of growth potential and actions/interventions required for further development. The assessment is part of UNDP efforts to improve livelihoods and promote economic diversification that forms part of the UNDP Strategy for Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery (PRER).

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Fisheries Governance & Policy Somalia and Somaliland

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