Since 2014, Our Ocean conferences, have invited world leaders to look forward and respond to the challenges faced by our oceans, delivering high-level commitments and transforming the challenges ahead into an opportunity for cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the European Union in Malta sessions focussed on marine pollution, marine protection, maritime security, building the sustainable blue economy, climate change and ocean leadership.
Stop Illegal Fishing Chairperson, Elsa da Gloria Pátria, announced, on behalf of the FISH-i Africa Task Force, to launch a programme of VIGILANCE in the Western Indian Ocean. VIGILANCE will be a robust assessment of all industrial fishing vessels licensed to fish by FISH-i members to assess the legality of their identity, history, ownership and management. This is in response to the systematic illegalities and criminal offences identified by FISH-i Africa investigations.