Victory | January 24, 2024
New Law in Peru Criminalizes Illegal Construction of Fishing Vessels
The Peruvian government enacted a law that criminalizes the illegal construction and modification of fishing vessels, which leads to overfishing and threatens artisanal fishers. In recent years, the size and fishing pressure of Peru’s fishing fleet has grown rapidly, in large part due to the illegal construction of new vessels and the modification of existing vessels, allowing them to hold more catch onboard. Prior to the new law, these practices were not classified as crimes and there was no legal way to stop the perpetrators. This growing issue put law-abiding artisanal fishers’ livelihoods and the health of Peru’s oceans at risk. Oceana campaigned with artisanal fishers and other allies to enact this new law, which will give prosecutors better tools, like destroying illegal vessels, to tackle illegal fishing and reduce overfishing in Peru’s seas.