New report: Protecting our fisheries – working towards a common future

New report: Protecting our fisheries – working towards a common future

August 2021 — A new report ‘Protecting our fisheries – working towards a common future’ has been written by NFDS Africa on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, with support from WWF Mozambique through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and from Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF).

The report examines the critical role of fisheries in providing food and nutrition security, employment and livelihoods, and economic development to the SADC region. Reflecting on progress and commitments made to protect our fisheries and stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing the role of the SADC Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre is examined. The SADC MCSCC will provide a cost-effective mechanism to support this operational cooperation. By focussing on three core areas of information sharing, capacity building and coordination of activities the MCSCC will increase national and regional effectiveness in fighting IUU fishing and help to compile evidence required for the SADC Secretariat to contribute meaningful arguments into regional and international policy formulation.

Sandy Davies, Technical Director, stated, “The SADC region has made real progress in the fight against illegal fishing. In the 20 years since the SADC Protocol on Fisheries was signed, we have seen the development of coordination and cooperation in our policies and operations. We are now have the vision and the means to fully collaborate and this will enable us to build compliance and ensure equity in how we manage our resources.”

Download Protecting our fisheries – working towards a common future here.