It’s estimated that between 11 and 26 million tons of fish are caught globally through illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing per year. Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing, which accounts for up to 40% of the fish caught in West African waters. In 2010 Liberia adopted an inshore exclusion zone that reserves the six nautical miles closest to shore for subsistence, artisanal and semi-artisanal fishing, a sector which employs 33,000 Liberians. Although trawling -- which targets fish living close to the seabed such as shrimp, sole and other groundfish -- is not allowed inside this inshore exclusion zone, Liberia’s resources to monitor, control and surveil their coastline are stretched. Photo Karine Aigner.