International law enforcement cooperation to target crimes in the fisheries sector
Officers inspecting cargo
VIENNA (AUSTRIA), 9 NOVEMBER 2021 –
International cooperation is a key element in the fight against transnational organized
crime and the cross-border movement of illicit goods and it is, therefore, an integral part of the UNODC-WCO Container Control
Programme’s methodology. From the establishment of Port Control and Air Cargo Control Units (PCUs and ACCUs), often comprised
of officers from multiple agencies, to the emphasis on information sharing in technical assistance activities and the organization
of study visits and international events, cooperation is encouraged at every step of implementation.
When it comes to crimes in the fisheries sector (CFS), the global nature of the fishing
industry and its complex transnational structure call for firm inter-agency collaboration which is why CCP has been focusing
specifically on these issues over the past months.
In September, the CCP organized the first part of an inter-regional exchange visit on CFS
to the port of Tema, in Ghana for 18 PCU and fisheries officials in Eastern and West Africa. During this activity, the participants
discussed best practices to tackle CFS, forged closer links with other frontline officers for a better exchange of information
and observed profiling and inspection procedures for containerized and bulk fish consignments in Tema. As the first such activity
to be conducted in-person since the beginning of the pandemic, the participating officers were able to appreciate the added
value that face-to-face interaction brings to law enforcement cooperation.