Indian Ocean Commission

The Indian Ocean Commission coordinate several initiatives that cooperate with Stop Illegal Fishing including through information sharing with the Regional Programme for Fisheries Surveillance and working together with the SmartFish programme and members of the IOC MCS section.

The IOC is an intergovernmental organisation uniting the five island countries of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion/France and Seychelles, for a range of development objectives. Stop Illegal Fishing work together with the Indian Ocean Commission in particular through their MCS Section and SmartFish programme in respect to the FISH-i Africa Task Force, capacity building in aspects of FishCRIME, research into the illicit shark fin trade, implementing risk assessments in MCS, the industry charter to stop illegal fishing and developing case studies of success stories.

Most recently IOC and Stop Illegal Fishing are working in partnership in developing tools for countries in Africa to become more equipped to tackle IUU fishing and to strengthen their capacity to target resources where it is needed. This has been through developing a database architecture to share information on fishing vessels, fishing activity, associated companies and much more – in Stop Illegal Fishing known as VISIBLE – and developing and applying risk assessment methodologies to identify where the most damage will occur if illegal fishing continues in a countries fisheries.

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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

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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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