IUU Fishing Matrix

Below you will find an interactive overview of international efforts, by a wide range of stakeholders, aimed at securing sustainable fisheries and addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Western Indian Ocean Region.

To see entire range of activities for an organization, please click the organization name; you will be taken to a new page. To view individual category activities, please click the desired box next to your organization of interest.
Title Raise Public Awareness Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Legislation Conservation Fisheries Management Capacity Building
Adeso Africa

Its website and report highlight the consequences of IUU fishing, such as economic loss to Somalis and overfishing. 

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Adeso's report highlights the importance of MCS and enforcement systems to combat IUU fishing in Somalia. In particular, it advocates for the use of computer based monitoring ...

No activity planned or implemented.

Seeks to analyze and identify the ecological impact of IUU on Somali marine ecosystems. 

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Its report promotes the decentralization of Somali fisheries administration in order to better manage local fisheries. It also calls for territorial use rights for fishing (TURFs). 

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Adeso’s report calls for improved infrastructure in the Somali fishing sector, such as ice and cold storage capabilities and road infrastructure. It also advocates for a fisheries ...

African Maritime Safety and Security Agency

No activity planned or implemented.

Aims to improve MCS capabilities by improving and developing situational awareness through technical systems such as LRIT and AIS.

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No activity planned or implemented.

Aims to improve conservation of Horn of Africa fish stocks through the development of a Sustainable Fisheries Management Strategy (with IGAD and Fish-i). AMSSA also aims to ...

The African Maritime Safety and Security Agency works with IGAD and Fish-i to develop a Sustainable Fisheries Management Strategy, which includes Somalia.

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AMSSA preforms both educational and operational capacity building. Its educational capacity building focuses on education and training for African students, maritime administration, national ports authorities and ...

Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

SmartFish seeks to develop greater public awareness of issues of fisheries management in the Eastern, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region. It recently supported the “Shark ...

The IOC Regional Fisheries Surveillance Plan (RFSP) seeks to pool and share existing capacities of coastal states in the region to consolidate and perpetuate the regional ...

SmartFish reviews and provides country specific assessments of the legal framework in beneficiary countries. The programme also promotes compliance with ...

The IOC is working toward sustainability through its programme for the Coastal, Marine and Island Specific Biodiversity Management in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean ...

The RFSP is the tool for the implementation of regional strategies for combating IUU fishing. Additionally, the program promotes regional sustainable fisheries management and development. SmartFish aims ...

The Smart Fish program seeks to ensure food security in the program’s beneficiary countries, focusing on food availability, food access, utilization, and stability. Its food security action plans ...

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)

Publishes documents on IUU fishing activities within the IOTC area and places them in the public domain through the IOTC website. 

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Keeps list of fishing vessels accused of IUU as well as a list of authorized vessels. 

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Promotes the transposition of conservation and management measures targeting controls of IUU and IUU caught fish and fish products in national law. The IOTC also adopted Learn more

Promotes the adoption of Conservation and Management Measures to ensure the conservation and optimum utilization of stocks. 

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Encourages member states to adopt resolutions designed to help manage fish stocks. 

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The IOTC has a capacity building program for its member countries. This includes assisting member countries with data collection, facilitating science capacity building workshops, a Port State ...

International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network

Seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries related MCS activities through enhanced cooperation, coordination, information collection and exchange, among national organizations and institutions. 

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Provides training and development of MCS officials in member nations to improve their effectiveness, enhance their skills, and build their capacity to address IUU. The International ...

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

Science-based advocacy is an important component of ISSF's strategy. Its advocacy efforts seek to engage government, market, and traders, among other stakeholders. ISSF also raises public ...

ISSF promotes MCS measures as a means of achieving sustainability. 

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ISSF informs and advocates for science-based fisheries policies. It provides position statements to inform RFMOs. 

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One of ISSF's objectives is for tuna fisheries to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. 

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ISSF works closely with RFMOs to promote the conservation of tuna. 

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No activity planned or implemented.

INTERPOL - Environmental Crime Unit

Aims to raise awareness of fisheries crimes and their consequences; highlighting issues such as: undermining resource conservation, the threat to food security and livelihoods, and destabilization ...

Works to support MCS by enabling the secure exchange of information and intelligence among countries through the publication of global INTERPOL notices and diffusions, as well ...

Assists national enforcement authorities to ensure that they have the tools and information needed to enforce the laws and regulations in place in their ...

Supports conservation effort by working within a network of national and international organizations and RFMOs to ensure that law enforcement authorities have access to the most ...

Supports member countries in holding National Environmental Security Seminars and establishing National Environmental Security Task Forces to bring together police, customs, environment agencies, prosecutors, forensics experts, ...

No activity planned or implemented. 

Oxfam - First Catch

No activity planned or implemented.

The programme aims to develop and put in operation effective monitoring systems. 

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First Catch seeks to formulate and implement policy and regulations for the protection and sustainable management of marine resources. 

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No activity planned or implemented.

Oxfam assists the government with formulating and implementing policy and regulations for sustainable management of marine resources, such as through supporting licensing systems. 

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Oxfam aids local institutions in Somalia in improving fisheries technology and management of marine resources, and in promoting the use of quality control standards.

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Partnership for African Fisheries (PAF)

The partnership seeks to build knowledge, within Africa, of IUU. Through the Stop Illegal Fishing and Fish-i Africa projects, they facilitate communications to create awareness ...

Stop Illegal Fishing encourages an improved MCS policy and implementation and highlights alternative measures such as community surveillance. Develops and tests tools to combat IUU. ...

PAF identifies methodologies and mechanisms for implementing international policy across the continent. Stop Illegal Fishing has assisted in the arrest and prosecution of over 50 ...

Aims to improve the sustainability of Africa’s fisheries. Stop Illegal Fishing is committed to ending the devastating impacts of IUU across African fisheries. It works to recover ...

PAF works to strengthen Africa’s capacity to consider, determine, and implement responsive reforms in fisheries governance; promotes coherent policy reform across Africa. Works with countries to ...

Through the Stop Illegal Fishing program PAF has supported the facilitation of an IUU Fisheries workshop held in Djibouti by IGAD for East Africa. The workshop, ...

Pew - Ending Illegal Fishing Project

Works to ensure that illegal fishing is recognized as a criminal activity. Pew also raises awareness to the consequences associated with IUU and advocates for potential Learn more

Pew supports efforts to enhance MCS capabilities around the globe and funds a number of projects to this end. Pew partnered with Satellite Applications Catapult to ...

Advocates the adoption and implementation of Port State Measures Agreement to cut off access for illegal fishers and increase traceability. Pew also advocates ...

Raises awareness to the environmental consequences of IUU fishing and encourages responsible fishing practices. Pew also promotes the protection of overfished species, such as through their ...

No activity planned or implemented.

No activity planned or implemented.

Sea Around Us

Raises international awareness through reports and peer reviewed articles on the extent of foreign fishing.

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Sea Around Us has conducted research displaying the effectiveness of satellite imagery in monitoring fisheries reseources. 

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No activity planned or implemented.

Studies the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystems of the world and offers mitigating solutions to a range of stakeholders. Sea Around Us also examines the ...

Encourages countries to utilize and adopt comprehensive total catch data, such as reconstructed catch time series, as fisheries baselines for developing more sustainable fisheries policies. 

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The Sea Around Us has published a study that reconstructs domestic fisheries catch data between 1950 and 2010. The study includes the industrial, artisanal, subsistence and ...

Somali Fisheries Working Group

The Fisheries Working Group, with support from the international community, plans to enact a significant awareness raising and public information campaign. This is aimed at addressing ...

One of the major roles of the Fisheries Working Group is support for the development of organic Somali capacity in fisheries management, specifically monitoring, control & ...

The Fisheries Working Group, with support from relevant international groups and authorities, will provide technical support on legal revision, drafting and harmonizing of Somali ...

No activity planned or implemented.

One of the major roles of the Fisheries Working Group is support for the development of organic Somali capacity in fisheries management, specifically monitoring, control & ...

The Fisheries Working Group is a Somalia-specific group focused on the development and regulation of the Somali fisheries sector.

 

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South African Development Community - Regional Fisheries Monitoring

The SADC Regional Fisheries Monitoring project seeks to develop a regional MCS strategy and regional plan of action in relation to IUU fishing. Regional MCS activities ...

The SADC aims to improve fisheries governance through providing expert advice and information. It also supports the implementation of Port State measures. Furthermore, through the SADC ...

The SADC MCS Centre supports compliance with fisheries management frameworks and associated measures at national, sub-regional, regional, and international levels. 

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The SADS works to build fisheries capacity within SADC member countries. Part of this is through regional programs, which focus on areas such as aquaculture development ...

Stop Illegal Fishing

Stop Illegal Fishing understands the importance of raising awareness to combat IUU fishing. It puts this into practice through engaging with news media and social ...

Fish-I Africa promotes regional collaboration to enhance MCS.

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No activity planned or implemented.

Stop Illegal Fishing advocates for the conservation of overfished species, such as through its issue campaign against shark finning

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No activity planned or implemented.

Stop Illegal Fishing has conducted trainings on issues such as port State measures and MCS in 11 different countries, with more than 30 African countries represented. 

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UN FAO
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UN FAO

No activity planned or implemented.

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UN FAO

Utilizes High Seas Vessel Authorization Record, a database developed by UN FAO, which includes descriptive elements of high seas fishing vessels as well as information on ...

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UN FAO

Utilizes all available jurisdictions in accordance with international law, including Port State measures, Coastal State measures, market-related measures and others to ensure that nationals ...

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UN FAO

Works to ensure that measures to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU are consistent with the conservation and long-term sustainable use of fish stocks and protection of ...

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UN FAO

Aims to prevent, deter, and eliminate IUU by providing all States with comprehensive, effective, and transparent measures by which to act, including through appropriate RFMOs; encourages ...

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UN FAO

The UN FAO works to combat IUU fishing in Somali waters through the UN FAO - Somalia. This program seeks to improve Somali fisheries and combat IUU. ...

UNODC
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UNODC

As fisheries crime often goes overlooked and unpunished, UNODC works to increase understanding of fisheries crime and raise awareness to the extent and severity of fisheries ...

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UNODC

UNODC works with regional organizations involved in MCS to promote best practices for collection and dissemination of fishing vessel information. 

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UNODC

No activity planned or implemented.

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UNODC

No activity planned or implemented.

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UNODC

No activity planned or implemented.

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UNODC

UNODC supports states in enhancing their criminal justice systems to combat fisheries crime. It conducts trainings and workshops to increase State capacity to deal with fisheries ...

World Wildlife Fund

WWF strongly advocates against IUU fishing. Its website highlights the consequences of IUU fishing and provides recommendations for various actors, from politicians to seafood consumers, ...

WWF has partnered with Navama on a project to increase transparency of fishing activities through Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. In 2014, WWF, along with LuxSpace ...

The WWF Coastal East Africa Initiative works with partners at the local, national and regional level to secure a healthy ...

Encourages responsible fishing and the development of sustainable fishing practices. WWF prioritizes four fish species (tuna, whitefish, forage fish, and tropical shrimp) because it plays a crucial ...

Through the Global Marine Programme WWF works to improve fisheries management and focuses on implementing ecosystem-based management, which aims to achieve sustainable exploitation of ...

No activity planned or implemented.