"This is the first time INTERPOL's network has been used to combat illegal fishing. Cooperation through INTERPOL is a new tool in the fight against fisheries crime, and I am glad that Norway has been able to take on a leading role in this cooperation," said Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, Norway's Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.
ANALYSIS: Piracy on the Pacific
INTERPOL issues seven types of color-coded notices across its law enforcement activity areas; a ‘Purple Notice', such as the one issued for "Snake," are used to "seek or provide information on modi operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals." According to INTERPOL, the notice "aims to gather information on the location and activities of the "Snake", as well as on the individuals and networks which own, operate and profit from its illegal actions."
Photograph of the "Snake", via INTERPOL