It’s hard enough to protect fish and other marine wildlife from overfishing when that fishing is legal and regulated by quotas; it’s harder still to combat illegal and pirate fishing that operate outside the law. But there have been some successes in 2015: three crew from the illegal toothfishing vessel
in November after being subject to an INTERPOL Purple Notice. Working on evidence from Greenpeace, the Taiwanese government fined and suspended a vessel that had been conducting illegal shark fishing. And the United States
the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act, as a result of which it became the 14th country to ratify the U.N. port States Measures Agreement to combat illegal fishing.