FishCRIME 2018

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Fisheries Crime Symposium

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Introducing FishCRIME

FishCRIME 2018 is the fourth event in a series of international fisheries crime symposiums initiated in 2015.

The first FishCRIME Symposium was hosted by the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries  in South Africa in 2015. This Symposium was the first step towards initiating a global dialogue amongst diverse experts, academics, governments and international agencies on the topic of fisheries crime. The momentum of this conversation continued at FishCRIME 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, hosted by the Indonesian Government with a focus on addressing fisheries crime throughout the value chain. During this meeting a joint recommendation was adopted by the symposium. Hosted by UNODC, FishCRIME 2017, drew together high-level participants and international experts to highlight and advance commitment towards tackling the transnational and inter-continental nature of fisheries crime. The fourth FishCRIME Symposium will be held in 2018 at the UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark, and will be co-hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the Nordic Council of Ministers with support by UNODC, INTERPOL, UNDP, the North Atlantic Fisheries Intelligence Group and PescaDOLUS. FishCRIME 2018 will advance efforts towards high level political commitment to cooperatively addressing transnational organised fisheries crime.

The FishCRIME symposiums have become an annual gathering point for international experts, high level government representatives, relevant international governmental organisations and other stakeholders to share experiences and knowledge around cooperative efforts to address transnational organised fisheries crime.

You can download the outcomes documents from the first two symposiums, below

Download 2016
Download 2015


15 and 16 October 2018

Symposium Information

Side Events of FishCRIME
  1. Large Ocean Nations workshop: PescaDOLUS will host a Large Ocean Nations (LONs) workshop on the morning of 15 October as part of the 2018 FishCRIME symposium at the UN City, Copenhagen. The workshop will highlight challenges of LONs around fisheries crime and will launch a LONs Forum on Transnational Organised Fisheries Crime.
  2. LE Femmes Network seminar: The first seminar and official launch of the newly formed LE Femmes Network will take place at 9 am on 17 October at UN City, Copenhagen. The Network was established to enhance the role of women in fisheries crime law enforcement.

The Hosts

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of UNDP’s work. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. UNDP’s governance work is a key part of this development agenda. We help to strengthen representative governance and the rule of law, and make politics and institutions inclusive and accountable.

UNDP’s goal is to strengthen capacities and provide an enabling environment for access to opportunities, focusing on the most vulnerable and excluded population groups – in ways that are sustainable from economic, social and environmental standpoints. To achieve this goal, UNDP works with countries to build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, to manage and sustainably use natural resources; ensure that natural wealth is used to promote economic recovery and livelihoods, and effectively target policies to reduce poverty and provide social protection for those in need.

UN City Copenhagen

UN City Copenhagen comprises two campuses. Campus 1 on Marmormolen opened in July 2013 and today houses 11 UN organizations with 1,500 staff members representing more than 100 nationalities. Campus 2, located in the container port in the Northern Harbor of Copenhagen, constitutes UNICEF’s state-of-the-art high bay warehouse. With a total storage capacity of 36,000 pallets, it is the largest humanitarian warehouse in the world.

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How do I get to UN City?

We are located at Marmorvej 51, DK – 2100 Copenhagen.

If you arrive by car, underground public parking is available (8am-5pm 24 DKK/hr – 5pm-8am 12 DKK/hr).

We highly encourage you to use public transportation. If you arrive by train, you can take S-train line A, B, C, E, H and walk from Nordhavn Station (max 10 min).

Using public transportation, the approximate travel time from Copenhagen Central Station is 25 minutes while the travel time from Copenhagen Airport is around 45 minutes.


Two group bookings for FishCRIME participants have been organised by the hosts. Please follow the instructions below to arrange your accommodation at either of the two hotels.

Adina Apartment Hotel

The Adina Apartment Hotel is located about 10 minutes’ walk from the conference venue. To book a room, please email and cite the group reference: WHO 140118. You will have to provide your credit card details to guarantee the reservation. Rates are 1250 DKK per night incl. breakfast (single occupancy) and 1350 DKK per night incl. breakfast (double occupancy).

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Hotel Østerport

Hotel Østerport (3*) is located about 20 minutes’ walk from the conference venue. To book a room, please email and cite the group reference: 122952. Rates are 745 DKK per night incl. breakfast (single occupancy) and 945 DKK per night incl. breakfast (double occupancy). The group reservation and special rate is valid until the 14th September.

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Denmark’s climate

Because of Denmark’s northern location in Europe, the number of daylight hours varies significantly. During winter, the sun rises at about 08:00 and sets at about 15:30, whereas in summer the sun rises at about 03:30 and sets as late as 23:00.

Denmark is located in a temperate climate zone with four seasons. Average daytime temperatures range from 2 °C (35 °F) in January to 20 °C (68 °F) in August. In October the average day temperature is 12 °C (53 °F). The average wind speed is 7.6 m/s, which explains why Denmark is one of the world’s largest exporters of wind turbines. Rainy days are likely all year round, while snowfall happens once in a while during winter.

You can check the weather forecast before your arrival and during your stay in Denmark at any time on the Danish Meteorological Institute’s website.

This website ( contains additional year-round weather information.

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Secretary General of the Nordic Council – Fisheries Crime Symposium 2017

Your Excellency Mr. Yuri Fedotov, executive director of UNODC, honorable ministers, ambassadors, ladies and gentlemen it is a pleasure…

There is a need for the world community to recognize the existence of transnational organized crime in the global fishing industry and that this activity has a serious effect on the economy, distorts markets, harms the environment and undermines human rights and that all regions of the world need to cooperate.

The Nordic countries are dependent on the sea and its resources and the opportunities it holds for the economy, food and well-being of our population and we are determined to support a healthy and thriving fishing industry that is based on fair competition and the sustainable use of ocean resources.

The Nordic Council of Ministers is one of the longest running regional political cooperations in the world, comprising the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as Aland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. The Nordic countries are not large in population but we encompass a considerable geographic area and the Nordic oceans and seas are large. Many of the Nordic countries are in fact large ocean states.

The Nordic countries individually are small but together we are the 11 largest economy in the world. The fishing industry and blue economy is a considerable part of the Nordic economies. It is therefore essential that the industry is not subject to conditions that negatively impact their competitiveness. Transnational organized crime in the fishing industry is precisely such a negative condition.

The fishing industry in the Nordic countries is very much globalized and the Nordic challenges are also part of the global challenges and international cooperation between continents and regions are essential. The Nordic Council of Ministers is committed to working towards the global sustainable development goals, including taking leadership regarding SDG14. We recognize that without healthy oceans our economies and our well being will suffer.

The Nordic Council of Minister recognizes the inter-continental flow of illegal fish products, illicit money and human trafficking victims in transnational organized fisheries crime, and that all regions of the world need to cooperate when investigating such acts.

We are convinced that there is a need for north-south cooperation and we know that developing countries are particularly affected by transnational organized fisheries crime of all kind.

We furthermore encourage inter-agency cooperation between relevant governmental agencies at a national, regional and international level in order to prevent, combat and eradicate transnational organized fisheries crime.

The Nordic Council of Ministers supports Nordic cooperation, in accordance with national and international law, and EU-law when applicable, against the challenges posed by transnational organized fisheries crime and will seek cooperation with other regions of the world in order to find effective solutions to these challenges

Specifically the Nordic Council of Ministers currently supports two projects against fisheries crime on intelligence sharing and research and my message is that the Nordic region is ready to cooperate.

These two projects are:

  1. North Atlantic Fisheries Intelligence Group – which is a cooperation between tax, customs and fisheries authorities in the North Atlantic Region. The goal of this group is to share information and work together on a strategic and operational level. The secretariat of the group is in the tax administration in Norway.
  2. PescaDolus has a project that brings together researchers from the Nordic countries and beyond to raise awareness of this issue as a new discipline. There is not much research on transnational organized crime in the fishing industry. We need a cross sectoral research community to look into all facets of this issue.

The Nordic Council of Ministers very much appreciates the UNODC for hosting this event, it is encouraged by the large participation and especially pleased to note the great high level attendance at the symposium.