11 Mar 2024

Fauna / Illegal, unreported and unregulated shark fishing in the Republic of the Congo

This paper analyses the drivers, enablers and networks engaged in this criminal economy.

This study examines the governance framework for regulating fishing generally in the Republic of the Congo. Specifically, it analyses the drivers and enablers of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) shark fishing and the networks engaged in the criminal economy. The illicit activities linked to shark fishing and fin trading negatively impact ocean biodiversity, the local and national economies. New ways of thinking are needed for effective responses to IUU shark fishing in the country.

About the author

Oluwole Ojewale is the ENACT Regional Organised Crime Observatory coordinator for Central Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal. His research interests span transnational organised crime, urban governance, security, conflict and resilience. Before joining the ISS he headed the Research and Strategy Development Department at the CLEEN Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria.

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