More from Interpol: Côte d’Ivoire hosts regional workshop on ill egal fishing and crossover crimes

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog passes the latest from my colleagues in Interpol.

Crossover crimes! That’s a new one! Quite catchy!

Cheers!

Hugh

From: INTERPOL Environmental Security Sub-Directorate [mailto:environmentalcrime@interpol.int]
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2014 3:30 AM
To: paxton.bkk@gmail.com
Subject: Côte d’Ivoire hosts regional workshop on illegal fishing and crossover crimes

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below a brief summary of one of our latest activities. For more information on this or other environmental security initiatives, please do not hesitate to contact us at environmentalcrime.

Best regards,

Côte d’Ivoire hosts regional workshop on illegal fishing and crossover crimes

On 15 and 16 May 2014, the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for West Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire hosted a Workshop on Fisheries Crime in the West African Coastal Region. Organized by INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Sub-Directorate and funded by the government of Norway, the workshop brought together 37 high-level national and international experts in fisheries law enforcement and management to discuss a study on fisheries crime in West Africa currently under development by INTERPOL.

The two-day discussions addressed current national and international initiatives in fisheries law enforcement, regional cooperation in the fisheries sector and national maritime security. The participants explored opportunities for investigative support such as DNA and trade data analysis, the deployment of INTERPOL Incident Response Teams and Investigative Support Teams, and the publication of INTERPOL notices on suspect vessels and persons. Discussions also focused on the development of a common action plan and recommendations for improved law enforcement based on needs and gaps identified by each country. Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Resources of Côte d’Ivoire, Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, opened the ceremony alongside Honorable Ministers of Sierra Leone, Momodu Pat-Sowe, and Isle of Man, Phil Gawne, the Head of the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Abidjan and the Deputy Director General of the National Police of Côte d’Ivoire.

The workshop also presented a new INTERPOL initiative, FishINTEL, which is supported by the government of Norway and aims to improve cross-border fisheries crime related intelligence sharing and fisheries law-enforcement capacity. This event reflects the sustained efforts of INTERPOL and its partners to support its member countries in harmonizing national and regional enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations.

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