IACA Webinars


IACA Webinars

RED FLAGS ALONG THE VALUE CHAIN: Fishing authorisations and landing documentation

SEP 30, 2020 15:00 CET


The first webinar of this series, Red flags along the value chain: Fishing authorisations and landing documentation, will have a look at how corruption can occur in the process of obtaining the rights to fish and the landing of catches at port (or trans-shipping at sea). These two stages of a fisheries value chain are in particular prone to the risk of corruption. This webinar will analyse the specific vulnerabilities to corruption when obtaining fishing authorisations (e.g. bribery, embezzlement and conflict of interests) as well as providing landing documentation, and will identify concrete actions for prevention and detection.

The webinar facilitator will address the following questions:

  • What are the specific vulnerabilities and risk areas when obtaining fishing authorisations and during the provision of landing documentation?
  • What are the key drivers and enablers of corruption in these stages of the fisheries value chain?
  • What are the consequences of corruption in these stages of the fisheries value chain?
  • What concrete actions could be taken to address these problems?

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Sep 9, 2020 03:00 PM CET


Andre Standing

Technical Advisor to the FiTI International Secretariat

Andre Standing has a PhD in Criminology, and has been working as an independent researcher and writer on fisheries for the last decade. A particular focus of his work has been on the crimogenic nature of industrial fisheries and forms of state-corporate crime. 

He has worked closely with the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements and is currently an advisor to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative.


Stephen Akester

Senior Consultant, MacAllister and Elliot and Partners, United Kingdom

Stephen Akester is a fisheries management specialist with experience in in African, Middle East and South Asian countries working for international institutions, national governments and private sector companies. 

He is a director of MEP a specialist fisheries management consultancy company and first worked in the Sub Region in Liberia and Sierra Leone starting in 1982 and has program experience in the region ever since with current activities in Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, where he advises on WARFP program activities in MCS and project implementation also in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Somalia.


Marcus Asner

Partner, Arnold & Porter, USA

Marcus Asner is a partner at Arnold & Porter in New York, where is co-chairs the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.  Before joining Arnold & Porter, Marcus was an Assistant United States Attorney in New York, where he was Chief of the Major Crimes Unit for two years, and served in the Public Corruption Unit. As a prosecutor, Marcus led the US prosecution of United States v. Bengis, one of the largest and most significant trafficking cases in history, which involved a massive scheme to import illegally harvested lobster from South Africa into the US. Marcus presently works in private practice in New York where he routinely counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental and wildlife trafficking issues, and writes and speaks frequently on international wildlife trafficking and corruption.

Marcus has given training to Interpol and other law enforcement entities on wildlife trafficking, has testified on trafficking issues before the US House of Representatives, and has conducted briefings for the US Congress on wildlife trafficking and related issues. Marcus served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Enforcement, and is on the WJC Council of the Wildlife Justice Commission.


Tim Steele

Senior Adviser, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Austria

Tim Steele is the Global Senior Adviser at UNODC and a forensic accountant by training.

Tim has been involved in corruption and asset recovery work for over 30 years. This has included providing practical assistance, specifically as an embedded adviser to the Zambian and Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commissions and policy making including heading the Anti-Corruption Team for the UK Department for International Development and helping establish the joint World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative.

In his current role he acts as a senior adviser supporting countries to implement the United Nations Convention Against Corruption with a particular emphasis on addressing corruption linked to wildlife and forestry crime.

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