This interview comes on the heels of another important event in Peru. On February 7, Sea Shepherd Legal had the honor of helping to present a new legal manual designed to assist Peruvian prosecutors, judges, and administrative personnel in their fight against environmental crimes. Gathered in the very heart of Peru’s justice system — the Palacio de Justicia, home to the Supreme Court of Peru — we did our best to impress upon the dozens of jurists in attendance the urgency of the situation. As one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, Peru is on the front-lines of a struggle for the survival of threatened species and singular ecosystems. Although the environmental crimes manual is but one tool, we are confident that it will make a meaningful difference.
As mentioned in previous posts, Sea Shepherd Legal co-published this manual with the key assistance of César A. Ipenza Peralta, a recognized expert and close colleague. The manual, entitled “Manual de Delitos Ambientales: Una Herramientapara Operadores de Justicia Ambiental,” provides practical legal advicefor government officials pursuing criminal remedies against those who desecrate the land and sea. The manual includes a section, authored by Sea Shepherd Legal, that specifically focuses on the application of Peruvian criminal law to IUU fishing.
We continue to be encouraged and impressed by the many actors in Peru who are committed to applying the full force of the law to illegal mining, illegal logging, and, of course, illegal fishing. With dedication and perseverance, this is a fight that can be won.