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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 seven Southeast 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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Vidal Armadores – banned, fined and awaiting trial

Stop Illegal Fishing welcomes the actions of the Spanish government in holding Vidal Armadores and it’s affiliates to account. For years, this organsiation has apparently not only flouted the regulations but has also received sizeable government subsidies. The leadership and commitment now being demonstrated by Spain sets an example to the rest of the world.

Nessa 7 Maputo Bay 22 Dec 2015  


Mozambique confiscates foreign fishing vessel Nessa 7

Mozambican authorities have this week announced the confiscation of the fishing vessel Nessa 7. In addition, the owner, Anthony Rowan Pentz, has been ordered to pay a fine of USD 94 000 while its captain, Anthony Clement, has been banned from fishing in Mozambican waters for 36 months.

Antillas Reefer  


Vidal Amadores arrests for fisheries crimes

A joint operation this week between Spanish police and INTERPOL has resulted in the arrest of 6 people linked to the fishing company Vidal Amadores. The company, along with it’s affiliates, have long been connected to a string of illegal fishing cases and have most recently been in the spotlight as renewed efforts have finally led to high profile captures of the group of six infamous toothfish poaching vessels: the Thunder, Viking, Kunlun, Perlon, Songhua and the Yong Ding.

SmartFISH/IOC win 5th GFETW IUU awards  


Indian Ocean Commission wins International ‘Stop IUU fishing Awards’

In recognition of two Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) implemented fisheries surveillance initiatives, the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (IMCS) Network awarded the IOC with two ‘Stop IUU Fishing Awards’ at the 5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop in Auckland, New Zealand on the 10th of March 2016.



5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

‘The cheapest tool in fighting IUU fishing is sharing information and intelligence, and through co-operation with all MCS actors and practitioners’ stated Ntheketha ‘it is through cooperation and information sharing that FISH-i Africa are making sure that enforcement actions happen.’

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