Norway launches new measures to fight crime in the fishing industry

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Soon, all fishing vessels will be tracked, regardless of their size. There will also be a requirement for all fishing boats to report their activity electronically to the authorities.

Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (H) launched new measures against fishing crime on Wednesday.

The Minister says that better documentation, digitalization, and more effective fisheries control will make it more difficult for illegal practices in the industry. 

“There must be more efficient and smarter resource control, with new technology and new digital solutions,” Ingebrigtsen said, adding that the new measures will improve the official capabilities of tackling problematic industry practices. 

An expert committee will also be set up. 

Cracking down on crime

“We must crack down hard on all forms of fishing-related crime. I believe those who break the rules must be met with severe reactions,” the Minister of Fisheries and Seafood noted.

Pål Lønseth, the chief of the National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Norway (Økokrim), was also present at the launch. 

He stated that a new solution for tips would be launched to make it easier to report fishing-related crime.

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