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

FishFORCE Dialogue 2020

Nelson Mandela University’s Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy – known as FishFORCE – hosted...

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Our Ocean 2020

Palau 7-8 December 2020 The Republic of Palau will host the seventh Our...

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Côte d’Ivoire: interagency meeting focus on PSMA

Côte d’Ivoire: Representatives from 11 agencies participated in a two-day interagency West Africa...

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West Africa Task Force: risk assessment training targets illegal fishing

A three-day West Africa Task Force (WATF) workshop provided practical training on the...

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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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