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Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is increasingly drawing international attention and coastal states strengthen their efforts to address it as a matter of priority due to its severe implications for food, economic, environmental and social security. As the largest archipelagic country in the world, this is especially problematic for Indonesia. In this already complex geographical and security environment, the authors test the hypothesis that IUU fishing and fisheries crime(s) classify as transnational organized criminal activities. The article argues that IUU fishing is much more than simply a fisheries management issue, since it goes hand in hand with fisheries crime. As a result, although the two concepts are quite distinct, they are so closely interlinked and interrelated throughout the entire value chain of marine fisheries, that they can only be managed effectively collectively by understanding them both within the framework of transnational organized crime. To make this argument, the research utilizes qualitative and quantitative data collected from approximately two thousand trafficked fishers, rescued in 2015 from slavery conditions while stranded in two remote Indonesian locations: Benjina on Aru island and on Ambon island. The article’s findings also unveil new trends relating to the inner workings of the illegal fishing industry, in four different, yet interlinked categories: recruitment patterns and target groups; document forgery; forced labor and abuse; and fisheries violations. The paper concludes by confirming the hypothesis and highlights that IUU fishing provides the ideal (illegal) environment for fisheries crimes and other forms of transnational organized crimes to flourish.
Bibliographical noteThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12117-018-9329-8
- Maritime Security
- Illegal Fishing
- Fisheries Crime
- Transnational Organized crime
- Human Trafficking
- Labor Exploitation
Ioannis Chapsos (Speaker)28 Feb 2018
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Strengthening Inter-Agency Coordination Efforts in support of Indonesia’s Maritime Security Framework
Ioannis Chapsos (Keynote Speaker)19 Apr 2015 → 26 Apr 2015
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Chapsos, I., 3 Jun 2019, In: Australian Journal of Asian Law. 19, 2, 16 p., 4.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review