About

Secure Fisheries combines science-based research with a policy-oriented approach to reduce fisheries conflict, combat illegal fishing, and support sustainable fisheries. Operating primarily in Somalia, Somaliland, and the Lake Victoria region, we serve as a bridge between security efforts at sea and stability and prosperity efforts on land.

Our Work

Effective fisheries governance requires multi-sector collaboration from the community level to the international level. IUU fishing and fisheries sustainability are complex issues that concern many different actors. Secure Fisheries therefore coordinates stakeholders at the community, state/region, State, and international levels. We work with stakeholders to strengthen fisheries governance and policies designed to combat IUU fishing and advance sustainable fisheries management. Our work also includes regional and international coordination to combat fisheries crime and improve sustainability. Secure Fisheries’ current projects are located in:

Somalia Somaliland Saving Fisheries
Lake Victoria Fisheries

One Earth Future

Secure Fisheries is a program of One Earth Future (OEF), a privately funded and independent operating foundation. OEF provides active operational, research, and strategic support to its programs, allowing them to focus deeply on complex problems and create positive alternatives to organized political violence.

Secure Fisheries cooperates closely with other programs at OEF to address the root causes of conflict in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas. We work with:

  • Shuraako, to ensure fisheries investments in Somalia and Somaliland support sustainable practices and expansion of the supply chain so that fisheries can provide economic and food security for fishers and Somali communities in the long-term. 
  • Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), on the impact of IUU fishing on maritime governance, considered one of the driving factors for Somali piracy. Our programs also collaborate on reducing threats to maritime security through the Stable Seas Maritime Security Index. 
  • OEF Research, on collaborative reports such as Stable Seas: Somali Waters, which examines how low governance capacity and economic instability have facilitated a complex web of illicit activities, including IUU fishing.
  • PASO Colombia, to inform sustainable fisheries projects in Colombia.   
  • Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference, in supporting women’s roles in fisheries governance and fishing sector development.