Additional Resources

Date Document Focus Area Location
March 2017

Illegal Fishing? Evidence and Analysis

This report describes the state of illegal fishing and provides case studies of Fish-i Africa investigations of illegal fishing vessels. It analyzes why and how and where vessels are illegally fishing, how these offences go unnoticed, and solutions. It also highlights the connection between illegal fishing and other maritime crime such as human trafficking and poaching.

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Regional and International Coordination
March 2017

Aligning the Future of Fisheries and Aquaculture with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016

This document explores the potential development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector. It examines plausible trends in fisheries, in production, prices, consumption, and trade and discusses the potential impact of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals, and FAO’s Blue Growth Initiative.

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Regional and International Coordination
February 2017

Report on Presumed IUU Fishing Activities in the EEZ of Somalia

This report was developed by the Federal Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources-State of Puntland, Ministry of Fishery, Marine Resources and Ports-State of Galmudug and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery-State of Jubbaland, with the support of the UN FAO. The report details current illegal fishing activities occurring within Somali waters.

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Fisheries Governance & Policy Somalia and Somaliland
February 2017

The Piracy-Illegal Fishing Nexus in the Western Indian Ocean

This study addresses two research questions (1) what are the links between IUU fishing and piracy in Somalia? And (2) What role does the maritime sector play in emerging transnational threats such as drug trafficking, the illegal arms trade, and human smuggling in Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania? 

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Regional and International Coordination Somalia and Somaliland
January 2016

The United States Lacey Act

This report outlines the Lacy Act and its potential utility for Western Indian Ocean States. It discusses advantages and disadvantages to implementation and case studies from when the Lacy Act was used to penalize illegal fishing. It also highlights Western Indian Ocean countries which have already implemented provisions similar to the Lacy Act, including Mauritius, Seychelles, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.

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Fisheries Governance & Policy, Regional and International Coordination
May 2015

From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean

The Global Ocean Commission's report identifies eight proposals to protect the high seas and encourage a cycle of ocean recovery. Their recommendations include better governance of the high seas to promote care and recovery, global ocean accountability, ending high seas subsidies that sustain overfishing, and closing ports and markets that encourage IUU fishing.

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Regional and International Coordination
March 2015

Without a Trace II: An Updated Summary of Traceability Efforts in the Seafood Industry

This white paper aims to: 1) serve as a guide for seafood businesses seeking to improve the traceability of their supply chain and 2) improve the knowledge base and coordination of NGOs and other groups working on seafood traceability. It provides an overview of traceability in general, including the importance of traceability systems and current challenges, and then explores how more than seventy international and regional government programs, certification systems, conservation organizations, and industry groups are working on traceability issues. Companies can review the recommended next steps provided in this report to address traceability within their own business models.

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Regional and International Coordination
January 2015

A Rapid Analysis of the Fisher Folk Registration Data in Puntland State of Somalia

This study reconstructs domestic fisheries catch data between 1950 and 2010, including the industrial, artisanal, subsistence and recreational sectors. We found that the Somali reconstructed total catch was nearly two times the landings reported by the FAO on behalf of Somalia for the time period, most of which is attributed to the reconstructed small-scale sector.

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Fisheries Governance & Policy Somalia and Somaliland
July 2014

Somalia Declares EEZ

The Circular from the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, recognizes Somalia's declaration of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as of 3 July 2014.

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Fisheries Governance & Policy Somalia and Somaliland
May 2014

Somalia Joins the IOTC

This IOTC Circular documents the Federal Government of Somalia accepting the "Agreement for the Establishment of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission," thereby becoming an IOTC member as of 22 May 2014. The document is in both English and French.

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Regional and International Coordination Somalia and Somaliland

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