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Launch - new report from the Ocean Panel

The threat of criminal activity in the fisheries sector has concerned the international community for a number of years. In more recent times, organized crime in fisheries as a phenomenon has come to the fore. It is frequently transnational and can manifest in a broad range of criminal offences, the most common being economic crimes, such as money laundering, fraud, forgery, tax and customs evasion, corruption, and human trafficking.

The Ocean Panel expert group is launching a Blue Paper on Organised Crime in the Fisheries Sector on Tuesday 18 August. Organised crime in the fisheries sector has negative social, environmental and economic impacts that undermine the achievement of a sustainable ocean economy and must be solved through coordinated law-enforcement at a national, regional and global level.