In February 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand, at the INTERPOL Pollution Crime and Wildlife Crime Working Group, side meetings were conducted to address the problem of illegal fishing and crossover crimes as a transnational issue that needs to be combated. As a result of these meetings, the Fisheries Crime Working Group (FCWG) was set up to focus on fisheries crime, particularly in the West African coastal states.
The FCWG initiates and leads a number of projects to detect and combat fisheries crime.
The Working Group has four strategic goals:
- Enhance and develop the capacity, capability and cooperation of member countries to effectively enforce fisheries and crossover crimes
- Encourage and assist the exchange of information and intelligence related to fisheries crime among member countries
- Provide analytical and operational support to member countries in the enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations;
- Encourage and facilitate networking, channels of communication and exchange of technical expertise between member countries for the purpose of fisheries law enforcement.