Panama works with ARAP to stop illegal fishing

Panama has signed an agreement that aims to support monitoring and control efforts in fighting illegal and unregulated fishing.

Panama signed an agreement with the Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) to work with the mapping platform Global Fishing Watch (GFW), a coordination platform composed of four environmental funds from Central and South America.

With the new agreements Panama will support the groups efforts to monitor fishing in the country and fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. At the same time, it Panama will offer ARAP and GFW data to help identify unauthorized vessels with history of non-compliance. 

Zuleika Pinz√≥n, administrator of ARAP explained "Panama seeks to promote transparency in fisheries control and increase the economic and conservation benefits for people and fishing communities".