One Earth Future’s Secure Fisheries program, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Maritime Crime Programme, and US Naval Forces Africa, conducted a series of nine workshops across the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles, Comoros, and Madagascar. Secure Fisheries held an additional workshop in Somalia. These workshops brought together senior government officials to advance interagency collaboration on illegal fishing and promote low-cost improvements for the collection of human intelligence on suspected illegal fishing vessels.
These Workshops Concluded that:
- There is a problematic gap between agencies with capacity and agencies with illegal fishing-related mandates;
- State agencies that have the most maritime resources, including patrol vessels, aircraft, and satellite capabilities, need stronger mandates to fight fisheries-related crime;
- There must be a reprioritization of resources and improved coordination between fisheries and non-fisheries agencies to achieve better maritime domain awareness and fight illegal fishing; and
- States must create a governmental framework that will ensure state-based maritime agencies are in close collaboration and coordination, and that these agencies are aligned with regional and international efforts to fight illegal fishing.
To learn more about Secure Fisheries’ proposed actions to combat illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean download our full report here.