A workshop organized by The Pew Charitable Trusts in Vietnam on how the industry can avoid illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices attracted participants from the private sector, the government, and NGOs. At the end of the workshop, Pew’s Mr. Huw Thomas emphasized the importance of tackling IUU fishing, considering it not only impacts seafood destined for human consumption but also fishmeal used as feed for aquaculture. This means that the issue needs to be tackled by stakeholders in addition to the fisheries operations. Certification schemes for aquaculture agree that fishmeal originated from IUU fishing should not be part of the compound feed used.

The Pew Charitable Trusts plans to have a series of workshops this year in Asia with the intention to address the subject in more detail and to bring awareness to the devastatingly harmful practice to the relevant sectors. You can find further information on the locations and dates of these workshops here. Please contact Ms. Courtney Farthing at cfarthing@pewtrusts.org for further information on the workshops.

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