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Colombian fisheries and aquaculture sector: Overview of corruption

Corruption in the fisheries and aquaculture sector has been gaining more attention in recent years. However, the characteristics of fishing, that allows for illegal catch to be transferred from one vessel to another at sea, and particularly the use of both flags and ports of convenience, make it difficult to know through which states the money is flowing. This paper from TNRC partner the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre seeks to find entry points to increase transparency and reduce corruption using UNODC's value chain approach. To better understand corruption vulnerabilities, this approach divides the sector's value chain into seven stages: preparation, fishing, landing, processing, sales, transit, and consumer, with different actors and different opportunities for corruption at each stage. Since Colombia’s fisheries sector is still small, there has been little research conducted on corruption in the area.

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