Awareness raising

Stop Illegal Fishing has played a role in the growing awareness and interest in illegal fishing over the last decade. This is essential to bring about change whether that is through political decision making or consumer influence.  

With evidence from activities and investigations throughout Africa, Stop Illegal Fishing is active in raising awareness, working for change and in pushing for policy reform.

Engagement with the media has been crucial to exert pressure on authorities in a number of the illegal fishing cases we have been involved in. Increasingly social media is also contributing to identifying illegality and in ensuring that the relevant authorities take action.

By raising awareness of and debatating the impacts of illegal fishing in Africa we can increase transparency, reduce corruption, increase peer pressure among nation States and MCS practitioners. This all contributes to and encourages pan-African cooperation to combat illegal fishing.

Our series of Case Studies offers evidence-based information on the challenges faced in stopping illegal fishing and the next steps and policy needs.

Recent Posts

Regional Technical Team meets to advance the SADC Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre

The Sixth Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Technical Team...

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Iranian flagged fishing vessels identified operating illegally in Somali EEZ

Revelations of the continuing presence of unauthorised vessels operating illegally in Somali waters...

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Corruption and fisheries: risks and opportunities

Stop Illegal Fishing delivered a series of two webinars in conjunction with the...

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TRAFFIC report highlights unsustainable trade in seahorses

A new report from NGO TRAFFIC, ‘Seahorse trade dynamics from Africa to Asia’,...

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What impact are we having?

The Issues

One in four fish in Africa is caught illegally, this threatens the sustainability of fish stocks, damages the ecosystem and deprives governments of income and people of livelihoods.

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Our Approach

Creating change by informing policy and practice, our hands on experience and investigative work means we are often the first to spot new trends and find ways to challenge these.

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Our Initiatives

Illegal fishing is a complex issue that requires multifaceted responses. Stop Illegal Fishing are working with a range of organisations to bring about change.

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