It is expected that Korea will be excluded from the list of countries engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing by January of next year.
The United States released its preliminary determination report as to the issue on Oct. 15, providing a positive evaluation on Korea’s efforts for the eradication of IUU fishing practices.
The result came from the Korean government’s efforts to abolish negative views from related agencies overseas. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of Korea, for example, has strengthened restrictions on illegal deep-sea fishing by revising the Ocean Industry Development Act and established monitoring and supervision systems in the form of vessel monitoring systems and fisheries monitoring centers.
Also, it has run education sessions for illegal fishing prevention while enhancing cooperation with West African countries such as Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone, where Korea is engaged in deep-sea fishing.