The Government of Chile and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization have taken steps toward the discouragement and elimination of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America.
Last month, the country hosted a meeting to discuss prevention of the crime with representatives from Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
“When we talk about illegal fishing we refer to a phenomenon that many countries share,” said the Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism, Luis Felipe Céspedes. “According to international figures, it is the third most lucrative crime in the world after weapon and drug trafficking.”
The meeting resulted in the development of future action plans to prevent and discourage IUU fishing in the region.