INTERPOL startet ein Projekt gegen Fischereikriminalität. Beteiligt sind das norwegische Außenministerium, die Umweltschutzorganisation PEW sowie die Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)

Project Scale is an INTERPOL initiative to detect, suppress and combat fisheries crime.

The project will be launched during the 1st INTERPOL International Fisheries Enforcement Conference on 26 February 2013 at the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France.

The Conference will be followed by a two-day meeting of the INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group on 27 and 28 February 2013, which will mark the beginning of the permanent Fisheries Crime Working Group.
The issue

World fish stocks are being rapidly depleted, and valuable species are nearing extinction. Because fish are a valuable commodity, the last decade has seen an escalation of transnational and organized criminal networks engaged in fisheries crime.

Fisheries crime:

– Undermines resource conservation;
– Threatens food security and livelihoods;
– Destabilizes vulnerable coastal regions due to limited law enforcement capabilities and corruption;
– Is linked to other serious crimes including money laundering, fraud, human trafficking and drug trafficking.

Many countries operate in violation of fisheries laws. Among the illegal activities carried out are the harvesting of prohibited species, and fishing out-of-season, over the set quota or without a license.

Aims of Project Scale

– Raise awareness regarding fisheries crime and its consequences;
– Establish National Environment Security Task Forces (NESTs) to ensure institutionalized cooperation between national agencies and international partners;
– Assess the needs of vulnerable member countries to effectively combat fisheries crimes;
– Conduct operations to suppress crime, disrupt trafficking routes, and ensure the enforcement of national legislation.

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