CAPFISH

A capacity-building project to progress the implementation of international instruments to combat IUU fishing

'Education is a powerful tool for solving complex problems' 

Education is one of our most powerful tools for empowering people, changing attitudes, and solving complex problems. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a complex international governance and sustainability problem that is multifaceted and needs to be tackled from many specialist angles. To solve the problem in the real world requires coordination and holistic understanding of the problem and dissemination of this knowledge, particularly to developing country actors who need it most and have the power to effect change in their communities and institutions

About the Programme

Education is one of our most powerful tools for empowering people, changing attitudes, and solving complex problems. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a complex international governance and sustainability problem that is multifaceted and needs to be tackled from many specialist angles. To solve the problem in the real world requires coordination and holistic understanding of the problem and dissemination of this knowledge, particularly to developing country actors who need it most and have the power to effect change in their communities and institutions.

The CAPFISH project draws upon global expertise in fisheries such as the United Nations Agencies directly involved in the fishing sector (FAO, ILO, and IMO), non-governmental organisations, and experts across the world to create a unique opportunity for transformative education to help solve the problem of IUU fishing.

Through a series of educational workshops the CAPFISH Project disseminates the expertise of the UN specialized agencies as well as academic and practical knowledge to maritime professionals from across the developing world. CAPFISH is a trans-disciplinary initiative that integrates science, economics, maritime policy and ocean governance, law and regulation, maritime technology and operation, safety at sea, societal factors, human rights, and compliance monitoring and enforcement.

CAPFISH aligns SDG-17 (Partnerships for the Goals) with SDG 4 (Quality Education) to address the problem that IUU fishing presents for achieving SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).

Research Focus

cooperation and coordination

  • UN Agency coordination 
  • Regional and national responses to IUU fishing
  • Building regional networks in developing regions
  • Incorporating a wide range of stakeholders to address the problem

TOOLS to combat IUU fishing

  • Implementing international conventions 
  • Technological solutions
  • Teaching through role-playing and tracking technology
  • Wide dissemination of materials for educational purposes

multidisciplinary approaches

  • Understanding all facets of the problem (environmental, socioeconomic, human rights abuses, labour and decent work)
  • Wide range of speakers and participants from different backgrounds and regions
  • Emphasis on the importance of regional networks
  • Educational and research collaborations incorporating a variety of stakeholders

News

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Press Release

Second IUU fishing CAPFISH workshop delivered by WMU

Press Release

CAPFISH project educates WMU students about IUU fishing

Publications

Meet the Research Team

ProfessoR
Head of Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management

PROFESSOR
Head of Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration

Research Associate
CAPFISH Project Officer

Director, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute

Head of Research, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute

Sustainable Fisheries Management, Ocean Biodiversity and Marine Spatial Planning

External Co-Supervisor,
Marine Environmental Protection, Dalhousie University

Associate Research Officer, Programme Principal Investigator, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute

Research Associate

Project Engagement and Implementation Officer, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute

Contact Information

Address: Fiskehamnsgatan 1
Malmö

Email:  goisecretariat@wmu.se

Phone: +46 40 356 351