SIF Investigative Unit

Stop Illegal Fishing have been running investigations into illegal fishing and fisheries crimes since its foundation in 2007. We have created a team of fisheries specialists with legal, analytical and technical expertise. This team has been formalized in 2016 to become the Stop Illegal Fishing Investigative Unit with operational head quarters in Botswana.

Stop Illegal Fishing are able to provide real time advice to enforcement officers dealing with suspicious vessels or companies. Knowing what to look for, what information to request and how to deal with and analyse evidence can be challenging for MCS officers who encounter these situations infrequently.

Stop Illegal Fishing undertake undercover operations to get to the truth about activity in the fisheries sector, our recent work has included detailing the extent of the shark fin trade in Kenya and Somalia and establishing the links between criminal gangs in Africa and China.

The strength of our network internationally with government authorities and international organisations such as INTERPOL and UNODC enable Stop Illegal Fishing to contribute to catching illegal fishers and making sure that penalties and convictions are secured.

Recent Posts

SADC Webinar on Port State Measures- Keeping Illegally Caught Fish out of SADC Markets

09 September 2021 11H00 – 13H00 (UTC+2) Commemorating 20 Years of the SADC...

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New report explores the role of the SADC Fisheries MCS Coordination Centre in protecting our fisheries

As the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) celebrates twenty years since the SADC...

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SADC Webinar series: Protecting Our Fisheries – Working Towards a Common Future

25 August 2021 11H00 – 13H00 (UTC+2) Commemorating 20 Years of the SADC...

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New report: Regional Cooperation to stop illegal fishing

A new report written by Stop Illegal Fishing, ‘Regional Cooperation to Stop Illegal...

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SIF News Categories

What impact are we having?

The Issues

One in four fish in Africa is caught illegally, this threatens the sustainability of fish stocks, damages the ecosystem and deprives governments of income and people of livelihoods.

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Our Approach

Creating change by informing policy and practice, our hands on experience and investigative work means we are often the first to spot new trends and find ways to challenge these.

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Our Initiatives

Illegal fishing is a complex issue that requires multifaceted responses. Stop Illegal Fishing are working with a range of organisations to bring about change.

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