Stopping illegal fishing through cooperation, information sharing and intelligence.
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.
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October 14, 2016
FISH-i Africa assists Somali authorities inspect suspected illegal fishing vessel, Greko 1
The inspection confirmed that the Greko 1 had been operating in Somali waters without a valid fishing license, had operated within 24 nautical miles of the coast in an area reserved for Somali fishers, was using trawl nets – a gear type that is prohibited under the Somali Fisheries Law and was in possession of forged authorisations and licenses to operate in Somali waters.
July 22, 2016
The FISH-i Africa: Issues, Investigations, Impacts booklet describes the way FISH-i Africa works, some of the cases that have been concluded, the impacts of FISH-i Africa and where we see FISH-I Africa moving next.
July 21, 2016
32nd Committee on Fisheries, 2016
“It is great to see that the African countries are leading the fight against IUU – this is demonstrated by their uptake of the PSMA, their representation in the Global Record initiative and in the evidence that is coming from initiatives such as FISH-i Africa – this is showing the world how IUU fishing is being done and how best we can stop it happening.” Sandy Davies
July 9, 2016
Summary A group of four Sri Lankan fishing vessels were identified by satellite tracking as fishing illegally in Mauritian waters. A Coastguard plane was deployed to ascertain the facts and illegal fishing was confirmed. Vessels involved: F/V YASAISURU – 3 F/V YASAISURU – 3 (C) F/V YASAISURU-3 -B 7.4V F/V YASAISURU-3 -A 6.2V Key events […]
July 7, 2016
The arrest of ten fishing vessels off the South Africa coast shocked the nation. The vessels were in a poor state and were crewed by 75 Indonesians who were subject to appalling working and living conditions. Whilst under detention in Cape Town two of the vessels absconded and are still at large.