What is Illegal Fishing?


Source Pew Foundation/ Jim Toomy

Ocean conservation is essential but sometimes difficult to understand. Pew joined forces with cartoonist Jim Toomey, the artist behind “Sherman’s Lagoon,” on 10 animated videos that explain the complicated concepts that guide efforts to protect our oceans.

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#2 What is Illegal Fishing?

Every second, criminals steal 1,800 pounds of fish from our oceans. Not only does poaching damage marine ecosystems, this piracy also hurts legitimate fishermen, who rely on a healthy ocean. What are the different types of illegal fishing? How this crime can make waves throughout the ocean and around the world. Watch and learn!

Cartoonist Jim Toomey—whose daily comic strip, Sherman’s Lagoon, is syndicated in more than 250 newspapers in the United States—has joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts to illustrate “illegal fishing” and other terms associated with our oceans.


Illegal fishing. Maybe you’ve done this before on a small scale. But large-scale illegal fishing refers to criminals using massive vessels to steal tons of fish from the ocean.

This can include exceeding a quota, fishing without a license, forging or doctoring licenses, using banned gear, or breaking any number of other fisheries laws.

Worldwide, experts estimate that 1 in 5 wild caught marine fish is taken outside the law.

That adds up to 1800 pounds of stolen fish a second!

Illegal fishing makes it really hard to estimate fish populations, which makes it difficult to manage fisheries and keep our oceans healthy.

It also damages marine ecosystems and is unfair to law abiding fishermen who play by the rules.

In some places, illegal fishing causes fisheries to collapse, threatening the food supply for millions of coastal residents around the world.

There you go!


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February 1, 2017 |

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