Title

Strings Attached: Exploring the Onshore Networks Behind Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

Presenter Information

Austin Brush, C4ADS

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

Security Theme

IUU Fishing

Keywords

IUU fishing, regulatory frameworks, IUU networks onshore, global fishing sector, at-sea risk indicators, AIS dark activity, flag manipulation, shell companies, flags of convenience, opportunistic actors, transnational network

Description

The value generated from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to be between $10 billion and $36.4 billion annually, making it the third most lucrative natural resource crime, following timber and mining. Actors engaging in IUU fishing also depend on other criminal conduct to continue operating at sea and launder illicit catch into the supply chain. This report presents the methods used by IUU networks both at-sea and onshore to exploit a systemic lack of transparency and weak enforcement in the global fishing sector.

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Strings Attached: Exploring the Onshore Networks Behind Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The value generated from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to be between $10 billion and $36.4 billion annually, making it the third most lucrative natural resource crime, following timber and mining. Actors engaging in IUU fishing also depend on other criminal conduct to continue operating at sea and launder illicit catch into the supply chain. This report presents the methods used by IUU networks both at-sea and onshore to exploit a systemic lack of transparency and weak enforcement in the global fishing sector.