Chile releases VMS data, increases transparency and accountability, limits illegal fishing | Oceana
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After campaigning by Oceana and our allies, Chile passed a new law to fight illegal fishing. Under the new law, Sernapesca’s 1,000-person staff will gain 250 new members. The law also extends criminal liability for illegal fishing to transporters, processors, vendors and other middlemen — where the most money from criminal activity is to be made — while legalizing subsistence and survival fishing. Oceana has advocated for the modernization law for the past three years, and introduced one of its key components: mandating that the government make fishing vessels’ satellite monitoring data publicly accessible.