Interpol initiative aims to batter fisheries crime

27 February 2013

Source: The Guardian

A new international initiative to crack down on illegal fishing practices is set to be launched later today.

Interpol's Project Scale is designed to help authorities combat illegal fishing activities estimated to be worth between $10bn and $23bn a year, such as harvesting of prohibited species, and fishing out-of-season, over set quotas, or without a licence.

The international policy agency said an escalation of transnational and organised criminal networks engaged in fisheries crime over the last decade has contributed to world stocks becoming increasingly depleted and pushed valuable species towards extinction.

An estimated 75 per cent of Europe's stocks are overfished, prompting MEPs to approve new rules protecting fish stocks earlier this month.

Without action, Interpol says fisheries crime will continue to undermine resource conservation efforts, damage the credibility of fisheries policies, and threaten food security, while also destabilising some coastal regions and supporting human rights abuses and the trafficking of drugs, arms, and people.

For more, go to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/26/interpol-fisheries-crime