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Interpol Launches Major Global Initiative to Fight Illegal Fishing

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Interpol's Environmental Crime Programme has announced the launch of Project Scale, a worldwide effort to stem illegal fishing. The initiative will help build a systematic approach to ending the extensive problems caused by fisheries crime.


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JL A (281)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 3:01 pm
Interpol Interpol Launches Major Global Initiative to Fight Illegal Fishing
Press Release

Feb 26, 2013
Global Campaign to End Illegal Fishing
Contact: John Briley, 202.540.6394


Lyon, France
Pew and Norway are bolstering effort to protect fishing communities, fisheries and marine environment

Illegal fishing inspector on patrolToday, Interpol’s Environmental Crime Programme, with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, announced the launch of a major global effort to stem illegal fishing and its associated crimes. This initiative, called Project SCALE, was launched at the 1st INTERPOL International Fisheries Enforcement Conference held at the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France.

Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing costs the global economy up to $23 billion a year, according to a landmark study published in 2009 in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One, and harms coastal communities, legal commercial fishing interests and the marine environment. Illegal fishers exploit – and profit from – weak laws, poor information sharing across jurisdictions and a shortage of monitoring and enforcement resources, particularly in developing countries.

“Project SCALE is an important component of a proposed global system to stop fisheries crime,” said Joshua Reichert, an executive vice president at Pew who leads the organization’s environmental work. “Illegal fishing threatens the interests of legitimate fishermen worldwide and undermines the ability of the global community to properly manage fisheries in ways that will ensure a healthy future for this vitally important resource. In addition, efforts by pirate fishermen to keep their profits hidden spawn a host of other illegal activity including money laundering, tax evasion and fraud. With its global reach and history of tackling environmental crime, INTERPOL is ideally positioned to help bring these criminals to justice.”

“Project SCALE is a natural extension of Interpol’s efforts to safeguard species and habitat through effective enforcement,” said David Higgins, manager of Interpol’s Environmental Crime Programme. “With Interpol’s network, capacity building and intelligence-led enforcement support, we will contribute to a more focused and coordinated global effort to combat transnational and organized fisheries crime. We aim to build on the global momentum to target this criminal activity, and we are committed to assisting our member countries and partners in their efforts to fight criminal networks that exploit our marine natural resources.”

Interpol’s Project SCALE will confront fisheries crime head on with the goals of:

Raising awareness about fisheries crime and its consequences;
Establishing National Environmental Security Task Forces to ensure cooperation on fisheries crime within and across borders;
Assessing the needs of countries that are particularly vulnerable to illegal fishing;
Conducting operations to suppress criminal activity, disrupt trafficking routes and ensure that national laws and policies are enforced;
Increasing surveillance to better police fisheries crimes;
Gathering better data on fisheries crimes to help improve monitoring and enforcement.

Read remarks from Pew's Josh Reichert

Download a statement from FISH-i Africa

With Pew and the Norwegian government’s support, Interpol will conduct targeted monitoring and enforcement operations with a focus on vulnerable regions, including West and Southeast Africa. Working through its member countries’ National Central Bureau, Interpol will strengthen marine enforcement expertise and, ultimately, improve fisheries compliance and enforcement worldwide. The global police organization has also developed a Fisheries Crime Working Group, which will hold its first meeting this week in Lyon.

Pew has been working since 2009 to build a more systematic approach to end illegal fishing globally. Reaching that goal will require better identification and tracking of fishing vessels; inspections of vessels in port; information sharing among countries; the deployment of advanced technologies; the engagement of the policing community; and the investigation and prosecution of alleged fisheries crimes.

About Interpol

Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. INTERPOL facilitates cross-border police cooperation, and supports all organizations whose mission it is to prevent or combat international crime. The Interpol Environmental Crime Programme assists member countries in enforcing national and international environmental laws and treaties. Interpol strives to contribute to the ongoing conservation and, regarding fishing, sustainable use of the world’s environment, biodiversity and natural resources.

For more information on Interpol’s Project SCALE, please visit the Environmental Crime Programme’s Web site.

Christeen A (303)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 4:06 pm
Good. I hope this helps.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 4:13 pm

I would like to see commercial fishing curbed even more. Though illegal fishing is a problem, but so too is legal fishing. The oceans are not infinite in their ability to turn out food, and if things keep as they are, sharks and whales may soon become the next extinct species.

JL A (281)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 4:25 pm
I agree Kit--only I'm thinking even more of the Atlantic Coast of US issues where there is movement towards loosening rules that aren't tight enough to sustain fish populations and the Mediterranean Sea. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

Terry V (30)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 4:42 pm


Süheyla C (234)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 5:34 pm
Thank you

JL A (281)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 5:43 pm
You are welcome Suheyla.
Thanks for posting the video link Terry!
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Lin Penrose (92)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 5:59 pm
Wonderful news J.L. on several fronts. Not only will illegal fishing be regulated, it opens many employment opportunities for several highly trained military personnel to find jobs all over the world, when they exit which ever military organization they belonged to. Hopefully the oceans and most that live in and on them will be protected by professionals.

Then, there may be the other side of wonderful.
New wars are coming (are here), and the new " Enemies" are those who over exploit resources (large, medium and small conglomerates/individuals) of all survival necessities clean (air, food, water), everywhere on this planet. Then, from an opposite view (large business conglomerates & etc.,), the "Enemies" may be those who Don't want to exploit (me as an example) the earths remaining resources for an unneeded profit.. Well, guess I should be afraid. I can't pay the military trained to watch the earths backside (survival), like the financiers of the exploitation (eat until every last bite is gone) world can.

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 6:49 pm
Sounds good to me, engenders some glimmer of hope.

JL A (281)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 7:11 pm
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Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 7:50 pm
A very welcome and long overdue step! Thx! But it will also create some problems I imagine. This illegal fishing is probably not practised by small groups or individuals only, but rather on a large scale by big companies as well who will certainly fight back.

JL A (281)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 7:52 pm
You are welcome Angelika. It is indeed! You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.

John B (185)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 8:22 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post. Great news and about time. Kudos to Interpol for launching the initiative. Read and noted.

JL A (281)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 8:26 pm
You are welcome John. I agree. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 10:59 pm
This is much needed.

Thank you for the information.

De D (96)
Monday March 11, 2013, 12:14 am
Extremely good news....thank you.

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Monday March 11, 2013, 12:27 am
thank you

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Monday March 11, 2013, 12:28 am
thank you

Robert O (12)
Monday March 11, 2013, 12:53 am
Thank you!

Ritva J (115)
Monday March 11, 2013, 1:14 am
I hope it works.

Lynn D (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 2:10 am
Wonderful news ---hope it works out!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday March 11, 2013, 3:34 am
this is good news, albeit the first step in the right direction, me thinks......I still think commercial fishing is the real problem....thanks for posting J ♥

Past Member (0)
Monday March 11, 2013, 4:18 am
This is a good start

Tanya W (65)
Monday March 11, 2013, 6:14 am
Noted thanks.

JL A (281)
Monday March 11, 2013, 7:59 am
You are welcome Zee, DD, Magdika, Robert, Frans and Tanya.
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