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NGOs To Pass IUU Information To Interpol


Non-governmental organizations can pass on information regarding illegal tuna fishing to Interpol, the international police organization, now that it has created a group to fight fishing crimes.
Interpol’s Fisheries Crime Working Group is meeting for the first time in Lyon, France this week and already it has some IUU tuna cases to investigate.                                                                                                           
Yesterday, Greenpeace released reports documenting illegal fishing activities it encountered during two expeditions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans in 2012. The group found fishing vessels from Japan, Taiwan and Sri Lanka engaged in illegal or suspicious fishing activities in the Indian Ocean and it witnessed Asian vessels illegally operating in international waters in the Pacific.
Greenpeace’s documented findings have been made available to law enforcement officials at Interpol and will also be delivered to the relevant fisheries management authorities, said the group.
It is estimated between USD 10 and USD 24 billion worth of fish are caught illegally each year. With Interpol’s involvement now, this could mean harsher punishments in the future for those fishing, trading, importing, or even certifying illegal tuna catch as “sustainable” or “dolphin safe.”
The European Union has also been cracking down on IUU regulations for tuna imports lately, which means IUU tuna is more likely to be exported to destinations with less strict IUU policies in the future.