Capacity building

Well-informed, engaged fisheries professionals are vital to ensuring an end to illegal fishing. Working at the front line often in difficult circumstances fisheries inspectors and MCS officers play a crucial role in increasing compliance in the fishery sector, identifying illegal behavior, bringing criminals to justice.  

Building human and institutional capacity has been a core part of Stop Illegal Fishing’s activity throughout Africa. Training events have been conducted in Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire,Ghana, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania with participants from more than 30 African countries.

Stop Illegal Fishing has organised a range of training events on port State measures, flag State responsibilities, overall monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS), community monitoring, national plans of action IUU and inter-agency cooperation in MCS.

Building human capacity enables better handling of the complex cases that result from the multi jurisdictional nature of fisheries violations and fisheries crimes.

Recent Posts

COFI 35 advances international efforts to combat illegal fishing

The 35th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on Fisheries...

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Nigeria becomes party to FAO Agreement on Port State Measures

Nigeria has become the latest country to become party to the 2009 Food...

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Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the PSMA

08 May 2023 to 12 May 2023 Indonesia The Fourth Meeting of the...

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COFI 35 endorses Voluntary Guidelines for Transshipment

The 35th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on Fisheries...

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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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