Singapores contributions to combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
Singapore participates in various regional platforms where the issue of combatting IUU fishing are discussed. These regional meetings include the Meetings of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi), and ASEAN Fisheries Consultative Forum (AFCF).
Singapore is a participating country to the Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices including Combating IUU Fishing in the Region (RPOA-IUU). The RPOA-IUU is a voluntary instrument which seeks, among other things, to strengthen regional efforts to tackle IUU fishing in the South China Sea, Sulu-Sulawesi Seas (Celebes Sea) and the Arafura-Timor Seas. It also serves as a regional information sharing network on sustainable fisheries management. The members of RPOA-IUU are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam.
Singapore also contributes to regional capability building efforts to combat IUU fishing in the region. Through the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC, an intergovernmental body established in 1967 to promote sustainable fisheries development in Southeast Asia), Singapore is the lead country for the development of (i) the ASEAN Guidelines for Preventing the Entry of Fish and Fish Products from IUU Fishing Activities into the Supply Chain that was adopted by AMAF in 2015, and (ii) the ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme, which is currently a work in progress.