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Interpol Targets Illegal Fishing, Seafood Fraud

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Alister Doyle

Interpol launched a global crackdown on Tuesday on illegal fish catches worth up to $23 billion a year that will also seek to prevent seafood fraud comparable to Europe's scandal of horsemeat sold as beef.

The 190-nation police agency, based in France, said it would promote more sharing of intelligence to end illegal fishing that is often carried out by trawlers far from their home ports, especially off developing nations.

"World fish stocks are being rapidly depleted, and valuable species are nearing extinction," Interpol said in a statement on the new project known as Scale that will step up police cooperation from the South Pacific to the Arctic Ocean.


"One fifth of the fish that come out of the water are believed to be illegal, unreported or unregulated," Anthony Long, head of the Pew Charitable Trust's global campaign to end illegal fishing, told Reuters.


To read the full article Interpol Targets Illegal Fishing, Seafood Fraud, visit the Reuters website.


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