The vast ocean, once our boundless bounty, whispers a darker tale today. In its depths lurks a threat, not from nature's fury, but from the greed of mankind: illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This insidious practice casts a long shadow on the future of our seas and the delicate balance of marine life.
Dr. José Manuel Crespo Guerrero, a researcher at the UNAM Institute of Geography, paints a stark picture of IUU fishing's impact. Globally, it steals 11 to 26 million tons of fish annually, a silent plunder worth $10 to $23 billion. Worse, one in five fish on our plates might bear the invisible taint of this illegality, making us unwitting accomplices in a drama that endangers both species and consumers.