Illegal, unregulated and unregistered fishing activities are threatening food security all over the world and Africa is no exception. Surrounded by some of the most diverse and high-yielding waters on earth, the continent is a particular target. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many of its vulnerable coastal countries simply lack the resources or the political will to monitor the waters adequately. This policy paper examines the problem through the prism of the IUU Fishing Index, which was launched in 2019.
About the authors
Nina Kaysser and Laura Adal are Senior Analysts at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Nina, who has a PhD in Conflict and Violence Studies, focuses on measuring organised crime. Laura, a lawyer who previously worked at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Terrorism Prevention Branch, analyses organised crime flows and develops responses.
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