Pew analysis finds evidence of unreported transshipment across Pacific


A Pew Charitable Trust analysis shed light on the thousands of transshipments that occurred across the central and western Pacific throughout 2016, many of which were not properly reported.

Illegal transshipments make up an estimated $142 million black fish market, according to a report by MRAG Asia Pacific.

“Most transshipments take place far out at sea—where, out of the sight and reach of authorities, unscrupulous fishing vessel operators can obscure, manipulate, or otherwise falsify data on their fishing practices, the species or amounts caught or transferred, and catch locations," explained researchers in their report.

Although the practice of switching cargo between vessels can help get fresh fish to market sooner, without proper monitoring and reporting at sea and in port, it’s difficult to prevent illegal catch from being imported and sold at market.