Details of illegal tickets issued by the Kuwaiti Fishery Protection Authority from 2000 to 2017.

Published: 20 December 2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/fdxs7bbwm8.1
Mohammad Alqattan


the Kuwaiti FPA issued 9,755 for illegal fishing during a period of 16 years. This is an average of 609.7 illegal fishing incidents recorded every year, which seems excessive, but given that most fisher interviewees said they rarely see FPA vessels at sea, and all the illegal fisher interviewees said they had never been caught by the authorities, the number of IUU fishing incidents that the FPA did not report is likely to have been substantial. This shortfall of the FPA is partly explained by its prioritization of safety at sea over fishery monitoring. the total number of tickets issued for IUU fishing between 2001 and 2017 was 9,755, meaning that the FPA issued an average of 573.8 tickets per year, which is three tickets every two days. The proportion of IUU offenses committed by immigrant fishers was 53%, and by Kuwaiti fishers was 45%.