Stop Illegal Fishing has been operating effectively since 2007 when it was founded as a network to combat illegal fishing for countries of southern Africa.    

Bringing together professionals, experts and champions to lead the African campaign 
against illegal fishing 
Stop Illegal Fishing provides a unique mechanism that is able to provide innovative approaches to established issues.

By working in partnership with governments, regional and continental organisations like the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency of the African Union, civil society, monitoring control and surveillance practitioners, NGOs, universities, intergovernmental organizations and the global fishing industry, the Stop Illegal Fishing network is in a unique position to tackle illegal fishing.

Our FISH-i Africa Task Force is a good example of how an effective network of committed and well motivated practitioners can make a difference. Bringing together eight member countries, a Regional Fisheries Management Organisation, a Regional Economic Body and international experts has led to new way of tackling old issues. At the core of its effectiveness is the trust and communication that has been built through FISH-i Africa.

Recent Posts

First risk assessment training in Mozambique under the Ocean Vigilance project

On 22 – 24 November 2023 the first training conducted under the project...


At the heart of regional cooperation in Maputo – empowering the SADC MCSCC

Stop Illegal Fishing visited the SADC Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Centre (MCSCC)...


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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.


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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