125 fishermen in Singapore was fined in 2012 for illegal fishing activities across the country. 91 people were fined for fishing in non-fishing designated areas, and 34 people were fined for using live bait. Fishing with live bait is not allowed in Singapore due to safety and environmental concerns. The National Water Agency stated that… Continue reading Number of Fines for Illegal Fishing in Singapore in 2012
Between 1998 to 2012, there were 72 suspected poaching and illegal fishing of endangered freshwater Pearl Mussel in the rivers of Scotland. 45 of the criminal poaching took place during the last four years. The protected mussel was found in 155 Scottish rivers at the beginning of the 1900s. Due to illegal fishing, the mussel… Continue reading Illegal Poaching of Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Scotland
According to a report by Oceana, the annual catch of Sockeye Salmon in Russia is estimated to be 60 to 90 percent higher than the reported levels due to illegal fishing methods. The illegal haul creates a loss of $40 Million to $74 Million. Source: Deborah Zabarenko, “Fish piracy costs $10 billion to $23 billion… Continue reading Illegal Fishing of Russian Sockeye Salmon
Due to illegal fishing activities, the number of sea cucumbers in the waters of Mexico have been decreasing. In 2009, up to 20 tons of sea cucumbers were available. By 2013, the number dropped to 1,900 tons. Fisherman in Mexico ca earn over $700 a day from harvesting sea cucumbers. The marine animals are then… Continue reading Loss of Sea Cucumbers Due to Demand in China
According to a campaigner from Greenpeace, illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean causes the region to lose up to $2 Billion (2 Billion Australian Dollars) every year. Up to one-third of the fishing activities that take place in the Pacific Ocean is believed to be either illegal or unregulated. Source: “Interpol moves to halt illegal… Continue reading Pacific Region Losses
The Government of Tanzania losses up to $220 Million in tax revenue each year due to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Source: ‘Tanzania: State Loses Billions in Illegal Fishing,” AllAfrica, January 30, 2013.
Illegal fishing activities around the world account for 19 percent of the world’s catches, according to the European Union.
Due to illegal fishing and poor governance, Africa losses up to one million tons of fish each year, according to the Director of the Fisheries Center at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
The Voice of America reported that people pay around $50 to bribe local officials in Cambodia to obtain “permits” that allows illegal fishing activities. The permit allows fishing boats to use nets that are hundreds of meters in length are are illegal due to its large size.
Guinea losses an estimated $105 Million to illegal fishing. In a 2006 report by Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation, the organizations discovered that over half of the 104 ships that were fishing off the coast of Guinea were participating in illegal fishing activities.