Yury Fedotov

Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime

“Fisheries crime has a devastating impact on food security, livelihoods, the environment and sustainable development.

A global effort to effectively combat the criminal syndicates perpetrating this crime is needed.

UNODC is committed to playing its role by working with Member States, as well as other intergovernmental organizations and civil society, to respond to the associated crimes along the fisheries value chain.

I hope this year’s FishCRIME Symposium will be another important step towards securing the livelihoods of millions of people around the world and the health of our oceans.”