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

Commitment and cooperation mark the ninth meeting of the West Africa Task Force

The fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in West Africa is...

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‘Document Verification Manual: Vessel Identity’ is published

Faked, false or forged documents linked to vessel identity are widely used by...

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SADC focus on transparency of vessel records management and fishing authorization schemes

A regional workshop organised by the Southern African Development Community, in partnership with...

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FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

18-21 November 2019, Rome, Italy. Marine and inland fisheries today are at an...

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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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