WEST AFRICA TASK FORCE
The West Africa Task Force brings together the six member countries of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) – Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo – to tackle illegal fishing and fisheries crime. The Task Force is facilitated by the FCWC Secretariat and supported by a Technical Team that includes TMT and Stop Illegal Fishing with funding from Norad. By actively cooperating, by sharing information and by facilitating national inter-agency working groups the West Africa Task Force is working together to end illegal fishing.
FISH-i Africa 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, with support from Stop Illegal Fishing and TMT.
FishGuard is a partnership between TMT, tech start-up ATLAN Space and GRID Arendal’s Environmental Crime Programme, aimed at promoting the use of low-cost drones for the monitoring of large ocean areas, with a focus on developing coastal and small island States where conventional aerial and naval fisheries patrol assets are lacking or too costly to run on a regular basis.
FishGuard is a drone-neutral initiative which will aim at testing various applications of drone technology in the field with a view to develop best practices and operational procedures for use by fisheries MCS personnel and partner agencies.
In 2018 the initiative was selected as one of the three winners of the National Geographic Marine Protection Prize, aimed at promoting emerging technology and data collection to eﬀectively detect illegal fishing.