NEW INTELLIGENCE CHECKLIST WILL AID FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL FISHING IN WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN

Meeting attendees, Seychelles. Photo credit: Robert Mazurek

During February 27-28, senior officers from the navies and coast guards of nine countries came together in the Seychelles to discuss standard operating procedures for the collection of intelligence from fishing vessels.  The meeting, co-convened by Secure Fisheries, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and the Seychelles Coast Guard, established a checklist for collecting information on fisheries activity in the Western Indian Ocean to bring coherence and efficiency to fisheries management and enforcement across the region. Secure Fisheries’ Robert Mazurek chaired the meeting.

Represented at the meeting were EUNAVFOR, the World Bank, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Interpol, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, the Indian Ocean Commission, the Seychelles Fishing Authority, and navy and coast guard officers from Somalia, Seychelles, Comoros, Maldives, Kenya, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Tanzania.