Project Scale is an INTERPOL project to support member countries in identifying, deterring and disrupting transnational fisheries crime.

The project was launched during the 1st INTERPOL International Fisheries Enforcement Conference on 26 February 2013 at the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France. The Conference was followed by the first meeting of the INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group.

Project Scale is supported by the Government of Norway, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the United States Department of State.

The issue

World fish stocks are being rapidly depleted, and valuable species are nearing extinction. Because fish are a valuable commodity, the last decade has seen an escalation of transnational and organized criminal networks engaged in fisheries crime.

Fisheries crime undermines the sustainability of marine living resources and threatens food security and the economic, social and political stability of coastal states which rely on sustainable fisheries for their source of revenue.

The response

In its activities, INTERPOL looks at all types of illegality and criminality which facilitate or accompany illegal fishing activities but reach beyond the traditional definition of illegal fishing. These associated criminal activities may include fraud, avoidance of taxes and handling of stolen goods, corruption, money laundering, document falsification, drug trafficking and human trafficking.

Aims of Project Scale

  • Raise awareness regarding fisheries crime and its consequences;
  • Support institutionalized cooperation between national agencies and international partners, such as through the establishment of National and Regional Environmental Security Task Forces (NESTs and RESTs);
  • Assess the needs of vulnerable member countries to effectively address fisheries crimes;
  • Facilitate regional and international operations to suppress crime, disrupt trafficking routes, and ensure the enforcement of national legislation.


  • Create a strategic plan for INTERPOL’s role in capacity building, information exchange and operational support;
  • Develop the Fisheries Crime Working Group and support its two projects on intelligence and on capacity building and advocacy;
  • Create a case study on fisheries crime in West Africa;
  • Enhance expertise and expand INTERPOL’s international marine enforcement network;
  • Provide expert recommendations on fisheries-related environmental law compliance and enforcement;
  • Provide case-specific investigative support through the deployment of specialized Investigative Support Teams and Incident Response Teams;
  • Support member countries in issuing international notices and alerts;
  • Facilitate region- or commodity-specific operations tailored to the needs of member countries.
Project Scale - news
27 سبتمبر 2017

INTERPOL meeting targets fisheries crime through international response

04 مايو 2017

INTERPOL warning on human trafficking links to the fishing industry

02 مارس 2017

عملية لمكافحة الاتجار بالأحياء البرية تفضي إلى تنفيذ اعتقالات وإجراء ضبطيات في أنحاء العالم

20 يناير 2017

INTERPOL launches new project targeting African-Asian wildlife crime links

20 مايو 2016

Targeting organized crime networks behind illegal fishing focus of INTERPOL meeting

18 مارس 2016

Spanish operation nets suspects behind illegal fishing

06 نوفمبر 2015

INTERPOL’s role in combating illegal fishing recognized

13 أكتوبر 2015

INTERPOL-supported illegal fishing investigations lead to prosecution

03 مارس 2015

الإنتربول يشجع على اتخاذ إجراءات عالمية في اليوم العالمي للأحياء البرية

15 يناير 2015

نيوزيلندا تطلب من الإنتربول إصدار نشرات بنفسجية لتحديد الشبكات الضالعة في صيد الأسماك غير المشروع

05 ديسمبر 2014

Fisheries crime investigations supported by INTERPOL training

02 يونيو 2014

INTERPOL chief joint mission to Guinea Bissau with UN Special Representative for West Africa focuses on law enforcement capacity

23 مايو 2014

Côte d’Ivoire hosts regional workshop on illegal fishing and crossover crimes

22 يناير 2014

جنوب أفريقيا تطلب إصدار نشرتي إنتربول بشأن سفينتين يُشتبه في تورطهما في صيد الأسماك غير المشروع وانتهاك حقوق الطاقم على متنهما

05 ديسمبر 2013

بلدان توحد جهودها عن طريق الإنتربول للعثور على سفينة تصيد الأسماك بطريقة غير مشروعة

06 نوفمبر 2013

كوستاريكا تستخدم نشرة الإنتربول البنفسجية للتحذير من نزع زعانف سمك القرش بطريقة غير مشروعة

06 سبتمبر 2013

النرويج تطلب من الإنتربول إصدار أول نشرة بشأن صيد الأسماك غير المشروع

11 يوليو 2013

اجتماع للإنتربول يركز على مكافحة صيد الأسماك غير المشروع في منطقتي جنوب وشرق أفريقيا

05 يونيو 2013

اجتماع للإنتربول يرمي إلى تعزيز التعاون في مجال مكافحة الجريمة البيئية

26 فبراير 2013

الإنتربول يطلِق مشروع ’’سكيل‘‘ لمكافحة الجرائم المتعلقة بمصايد الأسماك