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Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing

Chapter VIII of the NAFO Conservation and Enforcement Measures refer to IUU activities and the establishment of an IUU List.

NAFO maintains two current NAFO IUU Vessel Lists, which are reviewed annually by the NAFO Standing Committee on International Control (STACTIC).

  • NAFO IUU Vessel List In accordance with Article 53.1(b), the NAFO IUU Vessel List was adopted at the 2023 Annual Meeting of NAFO. It incorporated the cross listing of other RFMOs as detailed in Article 49.2 of the NAFO CEM.
  • Provisional NAFO IUU Vessel List - As agreed at the 2022 Annual Meeting, any recently listed or de-listed vessels would be placed on NAFO’s Provisional List for review by NAFO. It Is contained on the NAFO Members' pages. 

NAFO also shares information on Non-Contracting Party vessels sightings with other Regional Fishery Management Organizations.

  • Other RFMO IUU Lists
  • Non-NAFO Vessels
NAFO Contracting Parties acknowledge the rights, duties and obligations of States whose vessels fish on the high seas as expressed in the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, the FAO Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas and general principles of international law, particularly the duty to have due regard to established fisheries.

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