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

Tenth meeting of the West Africa Task Force celebrates progress to end illegal fishing

The Fisheries Commission for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), through the...

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The Role of Observers in Combatting IUU Fishing in SADC Region

11 October 2021 12H00 – 13H00 (UTC) SADC WEBINAR SERIES SADC Secretariat, in...

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7th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

1-5 August 2022 Halifax, Canada The 7th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW)...

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SADC Webinar on Port State Measures- Keeping Illegally Caught Fish out of SADC Markets

09 September 2021 11H00 – 13H00 (UTC+2) Commemorating 20 Years of the SADC...

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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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