Elsa da Gloria Patria, Chair

Elsa brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the role of Stop Illegal Fishing Chair.

Elsa has previously worked with the Stop Illegal Fishing Secretariat on both operational and administrative matters. Elsa started her career  working in fisheries monitoring and control in her native Mozambique. Elsa’s experience includes working for government, private and NGO sectors and includes extensive travel experience from many parts of Africa.

‘Having worked with Stop Illegal Fishing for many years I am honoured to have been elected as Chair of this organisation. Stop Illegal Fishing offers something different from all of the other organisations in this sector; not only is SIF able to work alongside and in support of government authorities but it also works to the benefit of fishing communities who rely on fish as their source of food and income. We have a strong team drawn widely from the African continent and representing the different elements of fisheries management. What we all share is a commitment to making a difference and bringing an end to the injustice of illegal fishing. We are working to protect the oceans and the fishery resources for the benefit of future generations.’

Elsa is Stop Illegal Fishing’s second Chairperson, the position was previously held by the inaugural Chair, the late Mr Geofrey Nanyaro.

 

Recent Posts

New report: Moving Tuna – Transhipment in the Western Indian Ocean

The point when catch moves from the fishing vessel and enters the supply...

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Corruption and illegal fishing: connections and solutions

A virtual panel discussion examining the links between corruption and illegal, unreported and...

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Regional Technical Team meets to advance the SADC Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre

The Sixth Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Technical Team...

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Iranian flagged fishing vessels identified operating illegally in Somali EEZ

Revelations of the continuing presence of unauthorised vessels operating illegally in Somali waters...

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SIF News Categories

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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