Mark Ssemakula, Chairperson

Mark plays a lead role in representing the work of Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) in international fora as well as in supporting SIF behind the scenes.

Mark has a background in fisheries science and environmental management and has experience in both fisheries compliance and policy development.

Mark has an extensive history with Stop Illegal Fishing having been a long-standing member of the Executive Committee, including as Vice-Chair since 2021. Mark was an active and integral member of the Secretariat since SIF’s formation until 2020. During these years he worked closely alongside the previous two Chairs of Stop Illegal Fishing, the late Geofrey Nanyaro of Tanzania (serving from 2012 to 2015), and Elsa Patria of Mozambique (serving from 2016 to 2021).

‘As we face multiple challenges to counter the damaging effects of climate change and the rising global population, pressures on fisheries resources increase Stop Illegal Fishing provides much needed support to African States to build awareness and capacity to stop illegal fishing. Our focus on developing and nurturing strong networks that have led on establishing information exchange mechanisms and collaborative approaches will continue. This is a proven and low-cost means of tackling what is all too often an entrenched problem.”

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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