Secure Fisheries is a program of One Earth Future. We work with local, regional, and international stakeholders to strengthen fisheries governance, combat illegal fishing, and promote sustainability in fragile and post-conflict regions as a pathway towards greater peace and stability.

Our Work

Secure Fisheries’ work is founded on rigorous scientific research and empirical analysis. Acknowledging data about fish stocks and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing are limited in fragile and post-conflict States, Secure Fisheries introduces new data sources and produces evidence-based analysis that can be used to strengthen fisheries policy and improve sustainability.

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 engage with fishing communities on collaborative projects that support long-term food and economic security through sustainable fishing. 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:

Our Story

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:

  • Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) on IUU fishing, considered one of the driving factors for Somali piracy.  Our programs collaborate to address this perception through in-depth research on fisheries and fisheries management in Somalia.
  • Shuraako to ensure fisheries investments 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.
  • 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 in artisanal fishing communities and with other stakeholders to improve profit margins for fishers and increase community access to national supply chains.  
  • Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference in supporting women’s roles in fisheries governance and community-based management.