February 8th, 2019

Lima, Peru — On February 8, Sea Shepherd Legal’s Senior Attorney, Nick Fromherz, participated in a rich conversation with Justicia TV in Lima, Peru. Focusing on the scourge of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the interview ranged from a basic explanation of the different forms of IUU fishing, to legal treatment under the Peruvian criminal code, to examples of effective responses in other jurisdictions.

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.

7 February 2019 - Presentation of Environmental Law Manual at the Palacio de Justicia - Lima, Peru

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.

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