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Canada and UK Announce Partnership with Joint Analytical Cell to combat IUU Fishing

Excellent and very welcome news from the UN General Assembly this week from the UK and Canada, who have recognised the key role that international collaboration plays in efforts to combat IUU fishing.

Project: Partnership with Joint Analytical Cell (JAC) to combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.

Announcement: Canada

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major contributor to declining fish stocks and marine ecosystem destruction. It represents up to 26 million tonnes of fish caught annually, valued up to $30 billion CAD. Under the Shared Ocean Fund of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, we are committed to partnering with the Joint Analytical Cell (JAC) by providing $6.5 million CAD over five years to combat IUU fishing. Funding will allow for the JAC and Canada to partner with countries in the Indo-Pacific region and deliver high-quality fisheries intelligence; build capacity for monitoring, control, surveillance, and enforcement; and strengthen access to data and technology.

Announcement UK:

£2.5 million to support the Joint Analytical Cell (JAC), which is a crucial initiative aimed at combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This substantial financial backing underscores the UK’s commitment to safeguarding marine ecosystems and promoting sustainable fishing practices.

"Along with our partners at the IMCS Network, Global Fishing Watch, C4ADS and Skylight, we are very grateful for the support to the Joint Analytical Cell (JAC) that both countries have announced at the UN General Assembly. We look forward to now working with our partner countries to realise real impact with this support" says TMT Executive Director Duncan Copeland.

The Joint Analytical Cell, or JAC, provides authorities with fisheries intelligence, data analysis and capacity building to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Founded by the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network, Global Fishing Watch and TMT, the initiative’s members also include C4ADS and Skylight. By harnessing innovative technology and the complementary expertise of its collaborating organizations, the JAC fosters cooperation among State and non-State actors to build insights and capacity to help enhance fisheries management.

Read our JAC Fact Sheet to learn more.


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