Preventing and combating fishing crime both nationally and internationally

Norway Fisheries Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen made the announcement on improving action against fishing crime

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry strengthens its work against all aspects of fishing crime.

Preventing and combating fishing crime both nationally and internationally is one of the government’s focus areas. The Ministry of Trade and Industry is now strengthening this work with a separate section that will work with the prevention of fishing crime.

“Fishing crime is more than illegal fishing. It is often a form of multi-crime that includes economic crime and gross exploitation of labour. It is often cross-border and very well organized. It requires that the authorities’ efforts to stop fishing crime are also well organised,” says Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (H). 

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“For several years, the government has led the international fight against fishing crime. We are now implementing a reform of the national fisheries control, and at the same time we will gather and strengthen the ministry’s work in this field. This is important work for a large seafood nation like Norway,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V).

An important task for the new section will be to implement the national reform of fisheries control and follow up the international commitment against fisheries crime.

The new section will facilitate knowledge to be built and shared between the industry and the authorities on the one hand, and between the various control agencies on the other. There will also be a link to the police, both nationally and internationally.

Background: Fisheries control reform

The fisheries control reform aims to improve the work against serious fisheries crime, the efficiency of the control authorities, and the industry’s digital documentation systems.

Tracking and reporting requirements for all fishing vessels will be introduced for the coastal fleet during 2022 and 2023. Then there will be new requirements for weighing systems at the fish receptions. The long-term goal is automatic reporting of resource extraction using new technology.

At the same time, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries is strengthening its work on risk-based resource control and information management.

Ecocrime has also taken a more active role in the field of fish crime. This is crucial for detecting and preventing serious fishing crime.

With this work, the government follows up on key recommendations in the public report “Future fisheries control” (NOU 2019: 21).

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