As of today, The Black Fish and the Italian Coastguard will combine resources and share intelligence to combat illegal fishing practices in the Mediterranean Sea. An historic agreement, which was signed at a ceremony in Messina, Sicily, will enable the two organisations to work in direct partnership to combat illegal fishing practices.
The agreement details how the organisations will share evidence and intelligence, as well as work towards a more structured cooperation to further enforcement of fisheries regulations. Evidence submitted to the Italian Coastguard over the last six months has laid the foundation for the new cooperation.
Captain Samiani of the Messina section of the Italian Coastguard: “We have set out today on a new collaboration, based on our positive experiences of working with The Black Fish to date. We want to continue this partnership within our region and see how, in future, we can expand it to our command structure nationwide.”
Wietse van der Werf of The Black Fish: “The Mediterranean Sea is a hotbed of illegal fishing activity, often with involvement from organised crime organisations. We have investigated and exposed fishing crime in this region over the last years and are very pleased to announce that thanks to this new cooperation with the Italian Coastguard, the evidence collected by our Citizen Inspectors can now aid enforcement directly. Working in partnership with one of Europe’s largest maritime enforcement organisations is a big deal for conservation.”
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