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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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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.”

Kenya becomes party to FAO Port State Measures Agreement  

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Kenya becomes party to FAO Port State Measures Agreement

Nicholas Ntheketha, Chair of FISH-i stated, “We are delighted that Kenya is the sixth FISH-i member to become party to the PSMA. The high take up amongst our members is a clear indicator of the value we see in the PSMA as an effective tool to fight against illegal fishing. Mombasa is an important port in the FISH-i region and knowing that this will be increasingly difficult for IUU vessels to get access to is significant.”

Zanzibar hosts Port State measures Agreement (PSMA) stakeholders consultation  

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Zanzibar hosts Port State measures Agreement (PSMA) stakeholders consultation

A one-day Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) stakeholders consultative meeting gets started in Zanzibar today. Bringing together government officials, civil society and regional organisations the meeting provides a platform to consider the next steps towards the United Republic of Tanzania becoming party to the Agreement.

Our Ocean 2017 brings new commitments to end illegal fishing  

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Our Ocean 2017 brings new commitments to end illegal fishing

The 2017 Our Ocean conference, hosted by the EU and held in Malta, resulted in commitments from countries, organisations and industry to the value of over EUR 6 billion, to tackle the greatest challenges facing the ocean environment.

FISH-i model of cooperation presented at ACP meeting  

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FISH-i model of cooperation presented at ACP meeting

The 5th meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) was held in Nassau, Bahamas from the 18th – 21st September 2017. A two-day meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture followed the meeting of senior fisheries officials held on 18-19 September.

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