IUU Fishing and Wildlife Trafficking in Latin America
Yesterday, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) published the second part of a new series on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America and the Caribbean. The four chapters cover Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina, uncovering the illicit economies fueling IUU fishing and their effects on locals, which can also include labor abuse. Last year, a CSIS report found that the IUU fishing “industry also has ties to food insecurity, human trafficking, forced labor, and drug and weapons smuggling.” Chinese fleets are also in large part responsible for IUU fishing in the region. (Diálogo Américas)
This InSight Crime and CLALS investigation follows last week’s release of the first part of the series, which covered Jamaica, Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana, and Suriname. IUU fishing and wildlife trafficking (which often includes marine life) are prevalent all throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Earlier this year, Brookings released a report on China-linked wildlife trafficking in Mexico, and InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute released a six-chapter investigation on environmental crime in the Peruvian Amazon which included research on wildlife trafficking.
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