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Secure seas - global level

How CISE supports security operations


Somewhere in international waters (e.g. the Mediterranean) a fishing vessel is transferring unknown cargo to a speedboat.

Data sources

A border control plane from country A spots the transfer and suspects IUU (Illegal, unreported and unregistered) fishing. The name of the ship does not reveal any illegal activity logs in the border control system of country A. However, the police from country B have a record of this vessel having been suspected of drug smuggling.

Current Situation

The sharing of suspected IUU information with any fisheries authorities depends more or less on the private initiative of the border guard inspector in the plane as he/she is not responsible for fisheries control. As the border guard inspector in the plane does not have access to the police file of country B, the drug smuggling suspicion remains unknown to the inspector.

Maritime CISE response

The inspector on board the plane just simply files the vessels position, their suspicions and, if available, the name of the ship/s into his system and through CISE, both fisheries and police authorities are alerted to the suspicious behaviour related to fisheries, and potentially drugs. The information is sent in real time, allowing police forces (or other maritime security forces) to catch the offender and seize the cargo. The operation is kept secret, automatic, fast and effective.

CISE benefits

CISE enables citizens to be protected from illegal activities and drug trafficking, and any other material or substance banned in Europe. Organised crime and trafficking are reduced through the sharing of mutually beneficial information.