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It is big business: the money involved in fisheries crime amounts to somewhere between $10 and $23.5 billion annually. There are thus clear incentives to engage in such activities. In fact, illegal fishing has become increasingly organised and sophisticated, but luckily so have the efforts to deal with it.
In an article recently published in Conservation Biology, centre researcher Henrik Österblom describes the international collaborative efforts to address fisheries crime. With a particular focus on the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (IMCS) network and INTERPOL, the world’s biggest police organisation, Österblom describes how they provide an interesting alternative to other, less efficient governance efforts.