Caught Red-Handed Workshops Strengthen Maritime Security Networks

attendees of one of the Caught Red Handed Workshops
Attendees of the Caught Red-Handed workshop in Comoros.
Event Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global issue, costing the global economy an estimated $10- $23 billion annually. IUU fishing continues to be a pervasive issue because it cannot be regulated by states alone-- it requires regional and international coordination. 

That is the purpose behind the Caught Red-Handed workshops, designed and led by OEF program Secure Fisheries, along with the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime's Global Maritime Crime Programme. The workshops bring together navies, coast guards, and law enforcement officials in order to increase coordination, intelligence sharing, and enforcement of fisheries laws in the Western Indian Ocean to fight IUU fishing. 

Workshops have taken place in: 

  • Sri Lanka
  • Maldives
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania 
  • Mauritius
  • Madagascar
  • Comoros

And have discussed tactics including novel phone applications, inter-agency taskforces, and improved information sharing

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