On April 29-30, Secure Fisheries, the Federal Government of Somalia Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, and the Puntland Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources hosted the second Somalia Fisheries Forum. The forum included over 300 participants from the Somali business sector, academia, government, and civil society, and all forum sponsorships came from Somali organizations.
Sessions explored gaps in sector capacity and tangible approaches to supporting and improving small-scale Somali fisheries. Participants generated recommendations in each session and made several important commitments, including:
continued skills training programs especially targeting women, and broad, multi-level support for fisheries co-management;
an opportunity for a student from City University to study at the University of Nairobi; an export association to clarify and harmonize export requirements;
a working group to harmonize fisheries data collection and identify a new location for Project Kalluun expansion.
The Somalia Minister of Fisheries, Puntland Minister of Fisheries, and Puntland State President actively participated in the forum, providing an opportunity to coordinate governance efforts and learn from local fishers, processors, and companies. Read more and see forum presentations and the agenda-at-a-glance here
. And stay tuned for the upcoming SFF 2019 outcomes report.
MOU with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
Secure Fisheries is pleased to announce a formal partnership with the Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGS) Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. During the Somalia Fisheries Forum, Secure Fisheries’ Director Kaija Hurlburt and the FGS Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure that our work supports the goals of Somalia outlined in the National Development Plan and to provide the Ministry with Secure Fisheries’ technical expertise.
The MOU includes a commitment to collaborating on Project Kalluun
, a project between Secure Fisheries, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, and City University Mogadishu to collect fish catch data to inform sustainable fisheries management and business practices. Secure Fisheries will also support the Ministry in improving its compliance reporting to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. We look forward to strengthening this partnership to support a profitable and sustainable Somali fishing sector.