Executive Committee

Elsa da Gloria Patria, Chair

'We have a strong team drawn widely from the African continent and representing the different elements of fisheries management. What we all share is a commitment to making a difference and bringing an end to the injustice of illegal fishing. We are working to protect the oceans and the fishery resources for the benefit of future generations.'

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Nicholas Ntheketha, Vice Chair

'We need to continue working together and sharing information so that we can further develop robust and permanent mechanisms. If we integrate intelligent tools, grow our connections and contribute to globally combatting IUU fishing we will make it impossible for illegal operators to benefit from their illicit business.'

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Markus Burgener, Vice Chair

‘Stop Illegal Fishing bring great value to ending the illegalities in the seafood supply chain. By bringing an intelligent and well thought through approach to the issue Stop Illegal Fishing are increasing cooperation between countries and between agencies and are tackling corruption – a key issue in illegal fishing.’

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Sandy Davies, Treasurer

‘Stop Illegal Fishing has created a working network of those who are serious about ending illegal fishing in Africa. There is a real energy and resolve to tackle this issue both on the ground and politically. With food security a major challenge for the future we are doing all we can to protect fisheries and ensure their sustainability.’

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Per Erik Bergh, Secretary

‘‘Through our work with Stop Illegal Fishing we have uncovered the extent of the illegalities that are taking place in our oceans every day. By working in partnership with coastal, market, flag and port States as well as NGOs and the international community we can see what needs to change, where the challenges are, and are making progress.’

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Mark Ssemakula, Vice Secretary

Stop Illegal Fishing continue to offer creative solutions to the key challenges in fisheries management. We are committed to identifying illegal practitioners and their ways of operating. We need to stay one step ahead; by harnessing new technology and, most importantly, sharing information and working together Stop Illegal Fishing are having an impact.’

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Victor Kargbo, Executive Committee Member

‘Stop Illegal Fishing focuses attention on this important issue and spurs us all on to work together with more urgency and zeal. Through Stop Illegal Fishing we can work together to create a united response to the illegal operators and to develop solutions to this issue.’

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Zahor El Kharousy, Executive Committee Member

‘Experience has shown that, while countries in Africa are increasingly becoming more engaged in the fight against IUU fishing (both at individual and collective levels) the presence and active engagement of Stop Illegal Fishing remain crucial and essential.’

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