The International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 

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The International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing is being observed on 5 June, 2020. 

  • On 5 December 2017 the United Nations General Assembly declared 5 June as the International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing which was celebrated for the first time on 5 June 2018. 
  • The date was selected because 5 June is the date, in 2016, when the first international treaty designed to end illegal fishing – the FAO Port State Measures Agreement – entered into force. 
  • The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is the lead agency for the new international day. 
  • This international day is an important opportunity to highlight efforts to combat illegal fishing.  
  • According to the FAO, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11–26 million tonnes of fish each year, which is estimated to have an economic value of US$10–23 billion. 
  • To curtail this impact, Target 4 of Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Agenda adopted in 2015, urges to “effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices” by 2020.  
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