FishCRIME 2017 – Combatting Fisheries Crime
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Combatting Fisheries Crime

“Transnational organized fisheries crime needs to receive stronger attention from the international community. We strongly encourage States to take appropriate measures at national, regional and international levels, including to strengthen law enforcement and related efforts, to combat organized criminal groups involved in such crime, in accordance with national laws and relevant international instruments.”

Statement by the Head of Delegation of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Mr Salman Luthan on behalf of Friends of Fisheries at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Vienna, 22-26 May 2017.

Previous Fisheries Crime Symposiums

The first FishCRIME Symposium was held in South Africa in 2015, as a joint initiative of the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Stop Illegal Fishing and PescaDOLUS. In 2016, the second successful FishCRIME Symposium, co-hosted by the Government of Indonesia, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, UNODC and PescaDOLUS, took place in Indonesia. You can download the outcomes documents from the first two symposiums, below:

Chasing Red Herrings: Secrecy in Fisheries

Secrecy, or the ability to keep ones identity hidden behind a corporate veil, is a key facilitator of fisheries crime, including tax crime and other ancillary crimes in the fisheries sector. Secrecy means that investigators “don’t know what they don’t know” and is a fundamental challenge to fisheries crime law enforcement. The focus of this report is the jurisdictions that facilitate secrecy in fisheries, the flags of convenience, and particularly those that are contracted out to private companies, the so-called private flags, and the impact flags of convenience and secrecy has on effective fisheries crime law enforcement.

The report is the result of the joint effort of the INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group (FCWG) and the North Atlantic Fisheries Intelligence Group (NA-FIG), with the input and support of the Secretariats at INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It was made possible with the financial support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Nordic Council of Ministers.