FiTI and IACA extend collaboration: New webinar series on tackling corruption in fisheries

Victoria/Laxenburg. After the positive reception of the webinar “Corruption in fisheries: A key obstacle for resilient oceans”, the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) have agreed to jointly organise additional webinars on this important subject.

Under the theme of “Tackling corruption in fisheries: Vulnerabilities, supporting factors and solution approaches” three additional webinars are currently planned over the course of the next six months, exploring in further detail specific areas that are most prone to corruption (e.g. fishing authorisations), highligthening supporting factors (such as beneficial ownership) and provide practical ways to addressing it (such as transparency efforts).

According to Mr. Sven Biermann, Executive Director of the FiTI International Secretariat: “Surprisingly, the issue of corruption in the global fisheries sector has long remained out of the public attention. Yet, corruption can effect every stage of the fisheries value chain, impacting sincere efforts to achieve the sustainable management of this public good. It is therefore very timely to shine more light on global fisheries that have grown to become a critical resource for fulfilling economic, food and nutrition security as well as the cultural needs of millions of people around the world.”

“In this new webinar series, we will invite renowned international experts to look at specific vulnerabilities to corruption and identify concrete actions for prevention and detection. We will also highlight practical insights from transparency efforts in several countries, providing clear guidance for fisheries stakeholders (specially policy makers) on how to conduct activities for the implementation of transparency endeavours” stated Ms. Petra Susac, Head of General Management at the International Anti-Corruption Academy.

The webinars will be announced through the regular communication channels of IACA and FiTI.