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Norwegian committment to fight transnational fisheries crime
by Norwegian Government (Government)
It is beyond doubt that many of the players involved in IUU fishing take part in transnational organized fisheries crime involving criminal activity along the whole value chain for fish. This may also include trafficking in human beings, use of violence, tax and customs fraud as well as corruption and document fraud. The problems are global and must be confronted as such. In November 2016, Norway entered into a NOK 39.6 million agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the aim of combatting transnational organized fisheries crime. The project will run from 2017 to 2020. Norway also supports the Interpol Fisheries Crime Working group. Through its current chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers Norway is also providing financial support to the North Atlantic Fisheries Intelligence Group and the fisheries crime research initiative PescaDolus. The efforts against transnational organized fisheries crime are a part of the Norwegian Fish for Development Programme.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Fight transnational fisheries related crime
Support developing countries in updating legislation and building the competence and capacity of the police, customs authorities and legal system
Other, please specify
Government support: 39.6 million Norwegian kroner
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - 2020
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Interpol, ILO, North Atlantic Fisheries Intelligence Group, individual countries
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Gunnar Stlsvik, Head of the National Advisory Group on Organized Fisheries Crime and IUU fishing, gunnar-a.stolsvik@nfd.dep.no,
Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Oslo, Norway
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