Countering avoidance strategies used by fishers to avoid detection during illegal fishing

Arias, Adrian, Bergseth, Brock J., Weekers, Damian, and Wilcox, Chris (2021) Countering avoidance strategies used by fishers to avoid detection during illegal fishing. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8. 619349.

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Non-compliers typically avoid detection by authorities, benefiting from increased catch and income. While detection-avoidance strategies (e.g., secret compartments to hide illegal catch) are commonly used in the nature conservation context, they remain largely unstudied. We address this knowledge gap in three sections. First, we introduce and hypothesize the likelihood of non-compliers adopting detection-avoidance strategies in the broader conservation context. Second, we identify and categorize detection-avoidance strategies used by small-scale fishers. Third, we provide recommendations for countering detection-avoidance strategies (i.e., countermeasures). Because countermeasures are context-specific, they should be informed through systematic processes such as the intelligence cycle. If used properly, enforcement activities and countermeasures can help build voluntary compliance, particularly through procedural justice, or acting in a way that users perceive as fair and just.

Item ID: 70522
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2296-7745
Keywords: compliance, enforcement chain, fisheries enforcement, illegal fishing, illegal fishing techniques, intelligence cycle, poaching and conservation
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2021 Arias, Bergseth, Weekers and Wilcox. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2022 05:36
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