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Interpol Establishes Unit to Fight Illegal Fishing

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INTERPOL, the international criminal investigation body, today launched a special unit to tackle illegal fishing.

The new programme, called ‘Project Scale’, aims to suppress the criminal networks and the ships they run, which by some estimates account for one in every five fish caught every year.


“It’s a complex problem and a global problem. The importance of INTERPOL is it brings together 190 countries and their experience of environmental crime,” says Anthony Long, who runs Pew’s campaign against IUU fishing. “The most important thing is they get countries starting to share information. INTERPOL is the first step in getting back into the battle.”


To read the full article Interpol Establishes Unit to Fight Illegal Fishing, visit the Nature website.

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