A Briefing on Longxing 629: A case of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities and related human rights abuses on a tuna longliner

Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities have been among the most critical threats to marine ecosystems. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognised the threat and announced the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate IUU Fishing (IPOA-IUU) in 2001. However, we are still witnessing serious IUU fishing activities nearly 20 years after the announcement.

Longxing 629 is a Chinese tuna longliner that operated in the convention area of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) for 13 months, from March 2019 to April 2020. Investigations have revealed that the Indonesian crew members on board the vessel experienced the deaths of four colleague fishers, were subjected to human rights violations constituting human trafficking, and were exploited to commit IUU fishing, including shark finning.

Read the full briefing here.

For more information please contact:
Eunhee Kim
Korean Federation for Environmental Movement
Email: ekim@kfem.or.kr