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FishFORCE, the Fisheries Crime Law Enforcement Academy, housed at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was established in 2016 with funding from the Norwegian Department of Foreign Affairs. It aims to build enforcement expertise and strengthen cooperation between agencies, domestically and cross-border, in order to address fisheries crime. This will be achieved via a combination of –

  • hands-on expert training of fisheries control law enforcement officers from multiple relevant agencies;
  • the provision of post-training support;
  • and focused research.

FishFORCE aims to translate into practice the fisheries crime law enforcement model which promotes use of all relevant laws, administrative and criminal, as entry points for initial detection of fisheries crime and subsequent investigation and prosecution such crime, particularly that which is transnational and organised (the ‘full force of the law’ or ‘multi-door’ compliance approach). Fisheries crime refers to the full range of serious offences occurring throughout the fisheries value chain both at-sea and on land including document fraud, illegal fishing, human trafficking and corruption to name a few.

The FishFORCE project, initiated in close collaboration with the South African Fisheries Department (DAFF) in 2016, will use South Africa as the pilot, but will subsequently be rolled out and adapted to all interested partners from 2017 onwards via Country Chapters.