Secretary General, INTERPOL
“Fisheries crime undermines the sustainability of marine resources and threatens food security as well as the economic, social and political stability of coastal states. It is also often linked to other forms of serious transnational crime including corruption, money laundering, fraud, human and drugs trafficking.
The last decade has seen increased involvement of transnational and organized criminal networks in fisheries crime, a trend highlighted by INTERPOL and its partners.
International cooperation and coordination is necessary, since it is impossible for any one country or agency to tackle fisheries crime alone.”