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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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Guide de photographie pour le contrôle des pêches: l’utilisation d’appareils photo dans le cadre d’opérations de pêche  

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Guide de photographie pour le contrôle des pêches: l’utilisation d’appareils photo dans le cadre d’opérations de pêche

A French version of the ‘Photo Manual for fisheries enforcement: the use of cameras in fisheries operations’ has now been made available by the FISH-i Africa and West Africa Task Forces.

Stopping Illegal Fishing: Protecting the ‘Blue Gold’ of the Seychelles  

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Stopping Illegal Fishing: Protecting the ‘Blue Gold’ of the Seychelles

An event organised by the Sir James Mancham International Institute for Peace Studies and Diplomacy and the James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (BERI) of the University of Seychelles brought together regional and international experts to discuss questions relating to the current regulatory system for fishing, enforcement and information sharing.

The costs and benefits of being a flag State  

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The costs and benefits of being a flag State are examined in this new lealfet from FISH-i Africa.

SADC Ministers sign MCSCC charter  

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SADC Ministers responsible for fisheries demonstrate commitment towards the fight against IUU fishing and moved to expand the role of FISH-i Africa in the region

Opportunities for tackling safety at sea through the Cape Town Agreement discussed at IMO workshop  

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Opportunities for tackling safety at sea through the Cape Town Agreement discussed at IMO workshop

Per Erik Bergh emphasised the benefits of the Agreement: “The Cape Town agreement is vital to give fishers the protection that seamen on merchant ships have. There are approximately 1.4 million merchant seamen who enjoy the protection given by enforceable international instruments. 24 million fishers, of whom 24 000 die each year, currently have little protection under international agreements.”

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