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Safe Ocean Network

The Safe Ocean Network seeks to build a global community to strengthen all aspects of the fight against illegal fishing including detection, enforcement, and prosecution. Illegal fishing is a worldwide problem estimated to cost the global fishing industry billions, possibly tens of billions, of dollars a year. It undermines sustainable fisheries management and degrades global environmental, food, and economic security. Organizations and individuals engaged in illegal fishing may be involved in other illicit activity and transnational crime ranging from human rights abuses and tax evasion to weapons and drug trafficking. The Safe Ocean Network is focused on increasing collaboration between countries and organizations combatting illegal fishing around the world. Sharing knowledge and technology is vital to understanding what resources are committed and preventing duplication of efforts in the global fight against illegal fishing. Sharing information and data is essential to catch illegal fishers as they move from the waters of one country to another and over the high seas, transfer fish between boats, and offload illegally caught fish around the world.

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