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Mar 19, 2018

Across the globe, millions of people depend on fisheries for their food security and livelihoods. Yet estimates suggest that between 20 to 50 percent of the global fish catch is either illegally caught, mislabeled, or never reported. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is valued at an estimated $15.5 to $36.4 billion a year, and the illicit nature of IUU fishing activities makes it difficult to understand the full scope of the problem.

Town Hall partnered with The Stimson Center, World Affairs Council, and University of Washington EarthLab to present a panel of experts on the IUU fishing and its detrimental impacts. They convened to discuss the economic, political, and environmental repercussions of IUU fishing, tracing operations from local fishers operating outside regulations, all the way up to transnational syndicates and countries that knowingly under-report or even subsidize IUU fishing operations. In an interactive panel discussion, these experts highlighted examples of IUU fishing overseas and the corollary geopolitics, showcased promising technologies and big data solutions, and discussed the role of the military and the unconventional alliance with the conservation community.

Listen to the conversation of this forum of fishing-policy experts, and hear accounts of how IUU fishing destabilizes ocean-reliant economies of all sizes (from local economies such as Washington state to entire nations around the world). Discover new strategies and solutions to a global problem undermining economies, ecological stability, and even National Security. 

Panelists:
Vice Admiral Mike Franken (ret.), US Navy
Tabitha Mallory, Affiliate Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Art Min, Vice President, Impact, Vulcan Technologies
Sally Yozell, Senior Associate, Stimson Center
Greg Hanscom, Executive Editor, Crosscut and KCTS9 (moderator)

Presented by The Stimson Center, Town Hall, World Affairs Council, and University of Washington EarthLab. Recorded live at University Lutheran Church by Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.