Breaking the cycle of illegal abalone poaching in South Africa is going to be tough, but not impossible.
Prized species such as sea cucumbers are increasingly being poached from Australian waters. But if foreign aid can give fishing crews alternative livelihoods, the problem could ease.
Crime on the ocean is not only about illegal fishing – it ranges from drug smuggling to human trafficking and modern-day slavery as well.
There are no proper laws to combat fisheries crime. As a result, a number of organisations need to join forces to stop the problem.