Mark Ssemakula, Vice Secretary

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 acting as Deputy Coordinator of the SIF Secretariat, conducting research, organising events and meetings and keeping the network informed.

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

‘Stop Illegal Fishing continue to offer creative solutions to the key challenges in fisheries management. As fast as we identify illegal practitioners and their ways of operating they are adapting their methods to evade detection. It is our job to stay one step ahead and outthink the illegal operators.’

Recent Posts

Commitment and cooperation mark the ninth meeting of the West Africa Task Force

The fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in West Africa is...

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‘Document Verification Manual: Vessel Identity’ is published

Faked, false or forged documents linked to vessel identity are widely used by...

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SADC focus on transparency of vessel records management and fishing authorization schemes

A regional workshop organised by the Southern African Development Community, in partnership with...

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FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

18-21 November 2019, Rome, Italy. Marine and inland fisheries today are at an...

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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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