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The need for greater transparency in fisheries & the role of Coalition for Fisheries Transparency in this shift internationally

Lack of transparency at sea is a pervasive worldwide challenge. Overfishing; illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; corruption and human rights abuses at sea deplete marine life, jeopardize livelihoods and food security of coastal communities and in some cases, threaten safety and security of crew members.

Transforming fisheries through the Global Charter for Fisheries Transparency

The Global Charter for Fisheries Transparency outlines 10 advocacy priorities, designed to be implemented by governments internationally. Based on existing best practices in fisheries transparency, these principles address the lack of transparency in vessel information, fishing activity, and fisheries governance and management to combat illegal fishing and prevent human rights abuses at sea.

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Our members

Oceana – is an international nonprofit ocean conservation organization focused on influencing specific policy decisions on the national level to preserve and restore the world’s oceans.
https://oceana.org
(HQs Washington DC, US)
Global Fishing Watch (GFW) – is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing the sustainability of our oceans through increased transparency. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, our mapping platform provides a powerful tool for ocean governance, empowering anyone to view or download data and investigate global fishing activity in near real-time, for free. Our research, data and technology partners are central to achieving our mission to accelerate innovation and deliver actionable insights to increase transparency in commercial fishing and the sustainable management of our oceans.
https://globalfishingwatch.org
(HQs Washington DC, US)
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – is the world’s leading conservation organization that develops and delivers innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and places in which they live. WWF helps local communities conserve the natural resources they depend on, transform markets and policies towards sustainability and protect and restore species and their habitats. Our efforts ensure that the value of nature is reflected in decision-making from a local to a global scale.
https://www.worldwildlife.org
(US HQs Washington DC, US)
Stop Fish Bombing USA – is a non-governmental organization that aims to eradicate fish bombing, a destructive and illegal fishing practice that destroys coral reefs and surrounding marine life, using underwater detection technology and marine law enforcement for rapid and precise response. The project also includes community involvement, which allows people living in and around marine protected areas affected by fish bombing to assess the issues and determine the best ways to solve them.
https://www.sfbusa.org
(California, US)
Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) – is a nonprofit organization that works across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger – more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Our multifaceted programmes address the needs of vulnerable populations, promote sustainable livelihoods, and advance rights and justice. At the heart of what we do is our commitment to serving the most vulnerable communities.
https://www.padf.org
(Washington DC, US)
Conservation International (CI) – a nonprofit environmental organization working to improve the lives of people everywhere by protecting oceans, forests, and other living ecosystems. Building up a strong foundation of science, partnership, and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to care for nature responsibly and sustainably, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.
https://www.conservation.org
(Virginia, US)
The Pew Charitable Trusts – is an independent non-profit organization which mission is to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life. We use data to make a difference – addressing the challenges of a changing world by illuminating issues, creating common ground, and advancing ambitious strategies that lead to tangible progress. Pew is committed to generating research, providing technical assistance, and building relationships to advance powerful, positive change.
https://www.pewtrusts.org
(HQs Pennsylvania, US)
International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) – is a coalition of +40 member and partner organizations committed to ending corporate abuse of people and the planet. We advocate for real protections and strong enforcement of the law to protect the public by enacting reasonable safeguards against corporate abuse, protecting those who speak out against corporate wrongdoing, and combating the rise of the corporate state.
https://icar.ngo
(Washington DC, US)
FishWise – is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with individual companies - coalitions of industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders- across the seafood supply chain to advance each organization’s specific efforts to address environmental, social, illegal fishing, and traceability risks in their business and across their supply base. Acknowledging that no one entity can create change alone, we will leverage and initiate transparency efforts and strategic collaborations with industry, government and NGO stakeholders where needed to ensure our approach leads to transformational change.
https://fishwise.org
(California, US)
One Earth Future’s Secure Fisheries programme works with local, regional, and international stakeholders to strengthen fisheries governance, combat illegal fishing, and promote sustainability in fragile and post-conflict regions as a pathway towards greater peace and stability. We connect fisherfolk, fishing companies, investors, scientists, and government to support the fishing sector while mitigating root causes of armed conflict.
https://oneearthfuture.org
(Colorado, US)
Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in West Africa (PRCM) – is a coalition of actors working on West African coastal issues to promote the conservation of the marine and coastal zone in West Africa. PRCM covers seven countries: Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The coalition works closely with governments, international organizations, universities, national NGOs, and civil society.
https://www.prcmarine.org/en/
(HQs Dakar, Senegal)
African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO) – is a non-profit organization which mission is to contribute to the protection of aquatic megafauna and their habitats in Central Africa by developing synergies to improve scientific knowledge, the livelihoods of fishing communities and law enforcement. To achieve our mission, we identified four strategies including applied research and monitoring, integrated management, awareness, and capacity building.
https://www.ammco.org
(Dizangué, Cameroon)
The Development Institute (DI) – is a non-government, non-for-profit sustainable development organization formed with a goal of creating an enabling environment for empowering Civil Society Organizations and communities to facilitate the linkage between micro and macro levels of society for sustainable development. We have been consistent in our commitment to sustainable development in Ghana, ranging from the international level to the grass roots, believing that what matters is to make a lasting impact on the ground and to give a voice to those who are overlooked by global and national politics.
https://www.thedevin.org
(Accra, Ghana)
Citizens' Institute for Environmental Studies (CIES) – is a specialized research institute of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) that represents civil society. The center has been striving to protect the values ??of nature in various fields such as the Taean oil spill incident, asbestos pollution, marine protected areas, Antarctic/high seas protection, wetland conservation, ecosystem monitoring, whale protection, eradicating IUU fishing activities, protection of the four major rivers and so on.
https://kfem.org/specialized-institutions
(Seoul, South Korea)
Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) – is a coalition of NGOs established by a group of NGO members working on fisheries and environmental issues that affect Cambodian communities’ livelihoods around the Tonle Sap, Coastal and Mekong provinces. FACT’s programme mobilizes provincial NGOs and community-based organizations to more effectively conduct advocacy programmes that respond to development policies and development programmes.
http://fact.org.kh
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Seafood Legacy – is a social venture that supports sustainable seafood initiatives by seafood companies, financial institutions, governments, and NGOs. We design regional solutions that meet global standards, with the aim of making a perpetually bountiful ocean a reality.
https://seafoodlegacy.com/en
(Tokyo, Japan)
Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (ARIEL) – is a law institute focused on providing practical solutions to environmental law problems. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to solving environmental issues with an emphasis on ecologically sound measures and participatory methods. Our mission is to transform the environmental and social governance landscape in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region by creating a new paradigm of environmental justice firmly anchored on the environmental rule of law.
https://th.boell.org/en/person/asian-research-institute-environmental-law
(Yangon, Myanmar)

Destructive Fishing Watch Indonesia (DFW)
– is an alliance of non-governmental organizations concerned with the issue of destructive, illegal, unreported an unregulated (IUU) fishing.
https://dfw.or.id
(Central Jakarta, Indonesia)
Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan – is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization campaigning for improvements for animals, people, and the environment in Taiwan. We aim to address the roots of problems. Our research uncovers cruelties and injustices that society would otherwise would not be aware of. We also believe that effective change needs to happen at a legislative level as well as through awareness-raising and institutional education. We actively engage in relevant environmental issues. We also support freedom of government information and greater citizen participation in public policymaking in Taiwan.
https://www.east.org.tw/en
(Taipei City, Taiwan)
Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative (IOJI) – is an independent think tank and policy advocacy group established to promote ocean policies that adhere to principles of sustainable development. By carrying out four work streams (Enforcement Support, International Advocacy, Policy Reform and Access to Justice), IOJI expects improvements in policies by the government of Indonesia in those 4 aspects, and subsequently other countries.
https://oceanjusticeinitiative.org
(Jakarta, Indonesia)
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) – is a nongovernmental organization that works to secure a world where the natural world can sustain, and be sustained by, the communities that depend upon it for their fundamental human rights.
https://ejfoundation.org
(HQs London, UK)
Blue Ventures – is a science-led social venture that puts people first. We support coastal fisheries in remote and rural communities to rebuild fisheries, restore ocean life and improve the livelihoods of traditional fishing communities. Across more than a dozen countries, we’re partnering with traditional fishers and community-based organizations to design, scale, strengthen and sustain fisheries management and conservation at the community level. We bring partners together in networks to advocate for reform, and share tools and best practices to support fishing communities across the globe.
https://blueventures.org
(Bristol, UK)
GRID-Arendal - is a non-profit environmental communications centre which transforms environmental data into innovative, science-based information products and provides capacity building services. We aim to inform and activate a global audience and motivate decision-makers to effect positive change. GRID-Arendal collaborates with the United Nations Environment Programme, regional organizations, national governments, and other strategic partners to create positive environmental outcomes and impact, particularly in developing countries.
https://www.grida.no
(Arendal, Norway)

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March 2, 2023

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