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Protecting Marine Life …Customs Vow To Up Game

The Secretary General of World Customs Organisation Dr. Kunio Mukiriya has said Customs administrators world over would no longer tolerate illegal trade in marine animals. He made mention of this at the World Wildlife Day 2019. The theme of the Day is Life below water: for people and planet. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), fish captured illegally amount to some 26 million tonnes or up to 23 billion US dollars annually. “Ensuring that trade is legal at every stage of the chain is a duty not only for Customs, but for the wider international community. With a focus on marine life in 2019, Customs officers across the globe are called upon to play their part in combating all forms of ocean-related crime to give effect to the aims of this year’s World Wildlife Day. “These figures speak volumes, spurring Customs administrations to act decisively against this illegal trade, given their strategic location at borders and the control they exert over entry and exit point…