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FISHING IN THE DARK – Beneficial Ownership In The Fisheries Sector

NOV 10, 2020 15:00 CET, Platform: Zoom

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Our ocean is under increasing threat from climate change, pollution and overexploitation; aspects that have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sustainable management of fisheries is therefore more important than ever. Yet, sincere efforts are constantly undermined by illegal activities, including various forms of corruption. This cross-cutting factor has received surprisingly little attention, although there is substantial evidence to suggest that corruption in fisheries is perceived to be widespread and highly damaging. The complexity of the fisheries sector, characterised by often long supply chains, as well as a combination of corporate structures and welcoming jurisdictions that protect the identity of owners, makes the sector particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of beneficial ownership secrecy.

The demand for beneficial ownership transparency in the fisheries sector, i.e. the natural person who ultimately owns or controls a business or transaction, is linked to a range of policy concerns, perhaps most notably in terms of the fight against illegal fishing and corruption, but also regarding the extent of economic concentration and foreign ownership in the sector. While international campaigns for more transparency in transnational finance are gaining pace, progress in the fisheries sector is slow.

This second webinar[1]Fishing in the dark: Beneficial ownership in the fisheries sector” will examine how the combination of corporate structures and welcoming jurisdictions create a ‘sweet spot’ for beneficial ownership secrecy and identify practical measures to address this challenge in the global fisheries sector.

[1] This webinar is part of the series “Tackling corruption in fisheries: Vulnerabilities, supporting factors and solution approaches”, jointly organized by the International Anti-Corruption Academy and the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, exploring the issue of corruption in the fisheries sector, emphasising specific areas that are most prone to the problem.

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Speaker

Martin Zapata

Martin Zapata is the Regional Coordinator for Latin America of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative. He is an anti-corruption professional and academic with extensive experience working as an expert and consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Inter-American Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Anticorruption Center - UDESA, and the Bolivian Ministry for Anti-Corruption, where he also served as Director General for Transparency.

Mr. Zapata was also a Research Associate at the International Anti-Corruption Academy, and collaborated in research projects with academic institutions in Argentina, Austria, Bolivia and Germany.

Speaker

Steve Trent

Steve Trent has over 30 years’ experience in environmental and human rights campaigning, creating effective advocacy and communications campaigns and field projects, as well as leading investigations in over 40 countries. He is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) www.ejfoundation.org.

Steve also co-founded WildAid www.wildaid.org, serving as president for over a decade, and leading WildAid’s work in China and India. Prior to this Steve was the Campaigns Director at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

Speaker

Researcher, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), UK

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