FISH-i Africa was successfully showcased at the 31st Session of the UN Committee on Fisheries (COFI) which ran from the 9th to the 13th of June in Rome, Italy. Seychelles Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Peter Sinon, presented the work of the Task Force during an African themed side event co-hosted by the UN FAO and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).

COFI is the only global intergovernmental forum where major international fisheries and aquaculture issues are examined and recommendations made to governments, regional fishery bodies, NGOs, fish workers, the FAO and the international community as a whole. COFI is also where global agreements and non‐binding instruments are negotiated.

Minister Sinon demonstrated the effectiveness and success of the FISH-I intergovernmental Task Force, showing how it is implementing the objectives of the Pan-African Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy Framework and Reform Strategy, particularly with regards to the strengthening of South-South cooperation through strong collaboration and mutual accountability.

The Minister introduced a screening of the FISH-i Africa film and announced that the collaboration is now set to move into a new three-year phase with the help of the initiative’s key partners, Stop Illegal Fishing and the Pew Charitable Trusts,