FISH-i Africa is a pioneering endeavour that unites eight East African coastal countries to tackle illegal fishing in their waters. The Western Indian Ocean is home to plentiful fish resources that provide jobs, support local economies and represent an important food source for the region and globally. However, it is also an IUU fishing hotspot that draws illegal operators from across the globe to target the region’s rich tuna resources, which threatens economic and food security. Eight countries – Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania – have joined forces to tackle this problem.
Improving cooperation, information and intelligence sharing
FISH-i Africa was created in 2012 with the aim of improving cooperation, information and intelligence sharing between countries in order to take action against illegal large scale fishing operators. The Fish-i Task Force enables authorities to identify and act through an effective information sharing and cooperation mechanism that catalyses fisheries enforcement actions in the region.
The FISH-i Africa Task Force countries are supported by a team of technical experts who use a range of analytical tools and investigative techniques to gather and share intelligence about illegal fishing operations in the region. Systematic compilation and sharing of information between countries is a crucial aspect of the FISH-i approach, enabling countries to benefit from intelligence provided by their neighbours and preventing known illegal operators from offending serially across the region.
TMT’s technical role is to provide the intelligence and analytical support that enables the eight countries to detect and take action against illegal fishing in their waters.
Our work with FISH-i includes identification and tracking of fishing vessels, analysis of vessel movement patterns in the region, analysis of fishing fleets and ownership structures, investigation of crimes associated with illegal fishing, and support to Task Force processes and activities.
How does FISH-i Africa work?
Eight countries in the West Indian Ocean actively share information and cooperate on fisheries enforcement, supported by a technical team
Integrate satellite tracking and analysis of fishing vessel movements into MCS intelligence
Build Capacity with operational, investigate and legal support
Build cooperation with other actors and initiatives
Assess the risk of non-compliance
Publicise the actions
Conduct research and studies
Share and assess mistakes and successes