Secure Fisheries' Reports

Secure Fisheries is a source of independent and original research about fisheries in East Africa and the Horn of Africa, fisheries conflict, and the role of fisheries in providing food and economic security. Our research is freely available either through links below or by contacting us directly.

  • Somali comanagement potential

    The Potential for Fisheries Co-management in the Somali Region

    This report explores the potential for cooperative management of fisheries to be implemented in Somali coastal communities, by presenting examples of successful implementations in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Liberia. 

  • Report on Somali Fisheries

    Securing Somali Fisheries

    Securing Somali Fisheries is a comprehensive assessment of the domestic fisheries in the Somali region, the amount of foreign fishing in Somali waters, and the sustainability and economic conditions of those fisheries.

  • Fish Wars Tanzania fisheries conflict

    Fish Wars: The Causes and Consequences of Fisheries Conflict in Tanzania

    Fisheries conflicts are on the rise, but we lack the information needed to predict and prevent such conflict. Fish Wars explores the frequency, intensity, and drivers of fisheries conflict in Tanzania during 1990 – 2017.

  • caught red handed report maritime security indian ocean

    Strengthening Maritime Resources to Combat Illegal Fishing in the Indian Ocean

    This report provides conclusions and their policy implications from the Caught Red-Handed workshops, hosted in ten Indian Ocean nations, while proposing three essential state-based actions to tackle illegal fishing. 

  • Gender Mainstreaming

    This document describes how Secure Fisheries incorporates gender into our work, explains women’s roles and challenges in the fisheries sector, and discusses the harm of gender-blind fisheries development.


  • Somalia Fisheries sustainable future

    Somalia Fisheries Forum 2019 Outcome Report

    This report includes highlights from the second Somalia Fisheries Forum, its reception from attendees and media, and key findings and recommendations from each of the sessions.

  • somali coastal development opportunities fisheries

    Project Badweyn: Somali Coastal Development Opportunities

    This report provides targeted, original analysis of Somali fisheries. Development opportunities are analyzed for sustainability and feasibility to provide recommendations for investment in the Somali fisheries sector.
  • maritime security

    Maritime Security in The Indian Ocean: Perceived Threats, Impacts, & Solutions

    This brief analyzes expert opinions about threats to maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean and the most effective approaches and needed resources for combating IUU fishing in each country.

  • illustrated sustainable fisheries somalia

    Fishing for the Long-Term: An Illustrated Guide to Sustainable Practices

    This illustrated guide to sustainable fishing practices is a resource for Somalis seeking guidance on ways to ensure their ocean resources remain healthy and abundant.

  • maritime domain awareness brief indian ocean

    Who's In Your Backyard? Strengthening Maritime Domain Awareness in the Indian Ocean

    This brief highlights five state-based solutions, developed with delegates during the Caught Red-Handed workshops, to increase maritime domain awareness and decrease illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean.

  • Women's economic empowerment and aquaculture

    What's the Catch? Aquaculture and Women's Economic Empowerment

    Aquaculture is rapidly increasing in Lake Victoria, but will women be left behind? This brief examines gendered contributions to food security, representation in fisheries activities, and opportunities and barriers facing women in aquaculture.

  • catching maritime criminals

    Catching Maritime Criminals: A Whole of Government Approach

    Based on the Caught Red-Handed workshops, co-chaired by Secure Fisheries and the UNODC, with support from US Naval Forces Africa, this brief discusses the importance of interagency coordination in combating illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean.

  • women in maritime fishing

    Women in Maritime

    Created for the event, “Women, Peace, and Maritime Security: Equal Opportunities in Maritime Security,” hosted by One Earth Future, the IMO, and UNODC, this report highlights women’s contributions to the maritime space and encourages diverse perspectives in decision-making to promote maritime security.

  • highlights from Somalia Fisheries Forum

    Somalia Fisheries Forum 2017 Outcome Report

    This report highlights event details and key findings from the inaugural Somalia Fisheries Forum in 2017. Recommendations are made for strengthening opportunities and addressing challenges for the Somali fishing sector.

  • Review of Federal Fisheries Management

    An Exploration of Fisheries Management Agencies in Eastern Africa

    This report compares and contrasts approaches to fisheries governance in Mozambique, Eritrea, Tanzania, Kenya, and Seychelles to assess different methods for achieving sustainable fisheries through policy and law.

  • lake victoria fish conflict

    Armed conflict and fisheries in the Lake Victoria basin

    Armed conflict and fisheries in the Lake Victoria basin explores the cycle of violence created through armed conflict, human migration, fishing pressure, and declining fish stocks.

  • somali fisheries domestic catch reconstructed

    Fisheries in Somali Waters

    In this report, we update our report Securing Somali Fisheries with new estimates of fish catch by domestic and foreign vessels in Somali waters. Done in partnership with Sea Around Us at the University of British Columbia.

  • inland fisheries sustainable development

    Fisheries and the UN SDGs

    Inland fisheries: invisible but integral to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for ending poverty by 2030 explores the role of fisheries in food security, poverty alleviation, and achieving Sustainable Development Goals.