Ireland is involved in the Santa Marta Group – an alliance of International Police Chiefs and Bishops from around the world working together with civil society to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. This group was set up as a result of a Papal initiative in 2014. Within the Santa Marta Group Ireland has agreed to lead in the North Atlantic Fisheries Project with the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal, to look at human trafficking in the fisheries industry in the North Atlantic.
An Garda Síochána has established a cross departmental group (including representatives from civil society) which is currently working together as part of this project, with support from Interpol. The Group continues to meet regularly to coordinate efforts to combat human trafficking in the fishing industry.
An international conference as part of the North Atlantic Fisheries project took place in Limerick in May 2016.