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FISH­-i Africa is a pioneer endeavour proving that, despite limited capacity, coastal countries can halt large­-scale illegal fishing.

Uniting eight East African coastal countries along the Western Indian Ocean, an unprecedented alliance is showing that regional cooperation, coupled with dedicated data analysis and technical expertise can stop illegal catch getting to market, and prevent criminal fishers pursuing their lucrative business unhindered.

Sharing vessel data real-time and accessing satellite tracking expertise, FISH-i Africa is a Task Force that enables authorities to identify and act against large-scale illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

The aim is to build a robust and effective mechanism to catalyse enforcement actions and ultimately to secure a sustainable end to illegal fishing in the Western Indian Ocean.

The Issues

Illegal large-scale fishing in the Indian Ocean is threatening economic and food security. Overall it is estimated that one in four fish caught off Africa’s coasts is taken illegally.

The Taskforce

Our Taskforce uses advanced analytical tools, systems and investigative techniques to identify and track vessels to gather and share intelligence about illegal fishing operations.

Our Impact

FISH­-i Africa is a pioneer endeavour proving that, despite limited capacity, coastal countries can halt large­-scale illegal fishing in the Western Indian Ocean.

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Tanzania convicts captain, owner and agent of BUAH NAGA NO 1 for unlawful shark finning  

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The Taiwanese Captain of Malaysian longliner BUAH NAGA NO 1, Mr Han Ming Chuan along with the owner, Mr Dato Seri Lee Yee Jiat, and agent, Mr Abubakar Salum Hassan have been sentenced by the High Court of Tanzania to twenty years imprisonment or a fine of one billion Tanzanian Shillings ($435,000 USD).

 

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The world’s first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference was hosted by Kenya 26-28 November 2018. The event, co-hosted by Canada and Japan, attracted over 18,000 delegates from 184 countries whereby participants discussed and committed to the responsible development of marine and inland water resources to deliver economic growth. As expectations of blue growth develop, concern over […]

SADC Regional capacity development workshop on catch documentation schemes focusing on the EU IUU Regulation  

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SADC Regional capacity development workshop on catch documentation schemes focusing on the EU IUU Regulation

Southern African Development Community promotes regional MCS approach  

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Discussions on the development of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) wide regional vessel monitoring system (VMS) and automatic identification system (AIS) monitoring programme took place at a Regional Training Workshop on Electronic Technologies used for Fisheries Management.

South Africa hosts Ninth Session of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission  

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The Ninth Session of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) was held in Cape Town, from the 9th – 12th October 2018, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of South Africa. The meeting was attended by delegates from France, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique,Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and the United […]

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