We have the tools to tackle illegal fishing. It’s time to use them

A man boards an impounded illegal fishing vessel moored at the northern city of Darwin in this picture taken May 11, 2005. Australia has spent tens of millions of dollars boosting its border security to deal with Indonesian fishermen venturing into Australian waters to fish for lucrative shark fin because they have depleted their own stocks. Picture taken May 11, 2005. To match feature Australia-Fishing REUTERS/David Gray - RP2DSFHPKVAA

It remains difficult to catch rogue ships, but we now have the tech to detect ships that are flouting the law. Image: REUTERS/David Gray

Jim Leape
Core Team, Blue Food Assessment; Member of Friends of Ocean Action; Co-Director, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions
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