The Citizen Inspector Network, a new conservation initiative which trains ordinary citizens to gather evidence of illegal fishing, is on target to become the world’s largest civilian fisheries monitoring network by late 2016. While the programme is innovative, the ideas which inspired it can be traced back to the Royal Observer Corps, a former civil organisation founded in 1925, which made its mark during the famous Battle of Britain, carrying out essential monitoring for enemy aircraft.
Is illegal fishing a form of organised crime? In which circumstances should it be treated as such? And what approaches are necessary to tackle it? These are some of the main questions driving new research carried out by The Black Fish in partnership with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime; investigating growing links between illegal fishing and organised crime.
Last week we launched a new initiative named #OceanCrowd which enables 75% of the necessary funding for our undercover investigations to be raised through participation. How does it work?
This week a lobster fishery operating off the west coast of Sweden was granted a sustainable fishing label through the Marine Stewardship Council. However, only four months ago Citizen Inspectors of The Black Fish observed illegal fishing activities in the exact same fishery.