On 6 September, Safe Seas published this report, the third in a series of reports as part of the Transnational Organized Crime at Sea: New Evidence for Better Responses project. It provides an overview of what we know about maritime environmental crimes, how data is collected, what information is available, and which organisations are analysing these data. It focuses specifically on thr3ee crimes which together make up the most visible and emblematic examples of maritime environmental crime – marine pollution; illegal mining, resource extraction, and dredging; and fisheries crimes. The scope of maritime environmental crime is broader than just these, yet the breadth and relative infrequency of other environmental crimes mean that significantly less data is available on the others. It finds that available data about maritime environmental crime is fragmented by issue and geography, and most typically focuses on the aggregate results of the crimes rather than direct monitoring of criminal activity.
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