Project Scale is an INTERPOL initiative to detect, suppress and combat fisheries crime.
The project will be launched during the 1st INTERPOL International Fisheries Enforcement Conference on 26 February 2013 at the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France.
The Conference will be followed by a two-day meeting of the INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group on 27 and 28 February 2013, which will mark the beginning of the permanent Fisheries Crime Working Group.
World fish stocks are being rapidly depleted, and valuable species are nearing extinction. Because fish are a valuable commodity, the last decade has seen an escalation of transnational and organized criminal networks engaged in fisheries crime.
Undermines resource conservation;
Threatens food security and livelihoods;
Destabilizes vulnerable coastal regions due to limited law enforcement capabilities and corruption;
Is linked to other serious crimes including money laundering, fraud, human trafficking and drug trafficking.
Many countries operate in violation of fisheries laws. Among the illegal activities carried out are the harvesting of prohibited species, and fishing out-of-season, over the set quota or without a license.
This is an ambitious, ongoing project continuously seeking support from individuals, organizations and institutions. If you are interested in supporting INTERPOL in protecting the natural resources of our oceans and seas, please contact us.