Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing remains one of the greatest threats to marine ecosystems due to its ability to undermine national and regional efforts to manage fisheries sustainably and conserve marine biodiversity. As a powerful example of an issue that requires international and regional cooperation, IUU fishing is therefore a priority for both the EU and ASEAN, and the Strategic Plan of Action on ASEAN Cooperation on Fisheries (2016-2020) includes measures to prevent IUU fishing products from entering the supply chain, for example.
The first ASEAN dialogue with the EU on the issue of IUU in Bangkok in April 2019 represented an important step forward, providing a platform to share experiences including lessons learned and good practices. The two sides discussed possible ways of improving coordination of existing monitoring, control, and surveillance tools to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing in ASEAN waters, such as the creation of an ASEAN Network for combatting IUU that could support stronger cooperation among ASEAN Member States.
IUU is a serious threat to the sustainability of fishery resources and the marine environment, but combatting IUU fishing is complicated as fishery resources are shared by several countries and fisheries products are traded intra-regionally before exportation.Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand