Inter-agency and international cooperation to fight crime in the fisheries sector

This cooperation takes place between customs, fisheries, food safety, police, and tax crime organisations. We provide intelligence and training to relevant international organisations, national and international academies and agencies.
AN OVERVIEW

International cooperation is crucial in the fight against the global problem of organized fisheries crime. Fisheries crime is not just about illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. It covers a range of criminal activities that have one thing in common – they are all driven by profit.

This industry, like many others, is vulnerable to criminal behavior. But it is highly internationalized, complex and can be very profitable. We do not look on the participants solely as fishermen – we see them primarily as businessmen.

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Inter agency – and international cooperation is crucial. NA-FIG seek to have “a whole of governmental approach”

Different relevant authorities has different responsibility. By following fish “from hook to plate” we need to focus on every step in the Value Chain, and share information to understand the whole picture.

The Value Chain can also be used as a tool to build joint knowledge on:

  • how different actors are involved and linked to each other;

  • how different legislation links together, and point at gaps in the legislation;

  • where different sources for information can be found;

  • where different documents can be found; and

  • where different “control points” are.

Protocol for the North Atlantic Fisheries Group (NA-FIG)

NA-FIG comprises a group of government agencies from OECD member countries with interests in the fisheries sector in the North Atlantic. The group has its origins in the work carried out by the OECD Task Force on Tax Crimes and Other Crimes, which resulted in the publication of the report ‘Evading The Net: Tax Crimes in the Fisheries Sector’ in 2013.

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OUR PURPOSE

The Group aims to support member agencies by:

COOPERATION

Creating a forum to stimulate international cooperation between authorities.

INTELLIGENCE

Encouraging improved sharing of tactical and strategic intelligence.

CHANGE

Driving behavioural changes by rule breakers operating in the fisheries sector through improved sharing of intelligence between countries and agencies that identifies vulnerabilities, risks and criminality.

WHAT DO WE DO?

Current NA-FIG projects include:

Case Project ETON

This is an examination of the concentration of control of marine capture fisheries in the North Atlantic region. Concentration of control in a limited number of hands has a potential economic, control and market impact giving rise to taxation and regulatory risks. Determining how the industry is structured is essential for determining risk.

FishNET

Contribute to the UNODC FishNET programme and the UNODC expert network to support their work.

OECD

Support the OECD and the work of the Task Force on Tax Crimes and other crimes.

Nordic Region

Cooperation, training and intelligence sharing in the Nordic area. Strengthening Nordic Cooperation in the international arena. In close cooperation with, and funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Member Countries

The NA-FIG members are from the following countries:

Canada
FAROE ISLAND
GREENLAND
GERMANY
DENMARK
ICELAND
IRELAND
NORWAY
SWEDEN
SPAIN
THE NETHERLANDS
UNITED KINGDOM
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Publications

Reports and publications relating to international fisheries crime:

GET IN TOUCH

Please contact us if you have any queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Telephone
+47 959 29448
Email
info@nafig.org
Location
Tax Norway North, Bodø