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Partners Meeting on Fisheries Strategy for the ESA-IO Region










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    Comprehensive review of MCS Capacity in the ESA-IO Region 2012
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    Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a severe global problem and one of the main obstructions to the achievement of sustainable fisheries that results in loss of revenue, jobs and livelihoods. The countries of the Southern and Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean Region (ESA-IO) are particularly hampered with IUU fishing and one of the limiting factors in overcoming IUU fishing is lack of adequate human and institutional capacity and equipment in the area of monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS). The problem of IUU fishing has been acknowledged in various policy commitments that are in force in the region with pledges made to fight it. The SmartFish programme is an initiative set up to promote regional integration through practical implementation of sound fisheries initiatives. It has a strong component on MCS and within this area has undertaken this comprehensive review of the capacity required to implement effective MCS at a national and regional level in order to provide recommendations for how the SmartFish programme can assist in filling these gaps in MCS capacity. The review focused on seven countries (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius the Seychelles, Somalia and the United Republic of Tanzania) in order to analysis and benchmark the MCS capacity and to identify gaps - these countries were considered representative of the region in terms of fisheries systems and capacity levels (Chapters 2 to 8). The picture that emerged showed that by country Sey chelles and Mauritius had the strongest capacity for MCS in the region, with Kenya, Madagascar, and the United Republic of Tanzania having partial to weak capacity and the Comoros and Somalia having the weakest capacity.
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    Implementation of a Regional Fisheries Strategy ESA-IO 2012
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    This report addresses a key result area of the SmartFish programme. Component 4 identifies a ‘Trade Readiness Document (TRD)’ as the main output in this context. From the points of view of generating regional value added and to support food security, intra-regional trade in fish products should be encouraged and expanded. The TRD study aims to assist the process of enhancing regional trade in fish products by improving Trade Readiness in the 20 SmartFish countries. The report is, however, a pilo t study based on work in four selected countries. The findings would then be used to design and carry out a full study of the 20 countries based on an adapted Trade Readiness Questionnaire (TRQ). The main activities included discussions with public sector authorities that constitute the trade enabling environment, and interviews with the private sector operators active in the fish product value chain. Region Economic Communities (RECs) such as COMESA and IOC have been consulted regarding strateg ic visions, to ensure that the outcome of the TRD study is in tandem. Additional information and ideas have been extrapolated from other SmartFish interventions and from broader assessments made by international bodies to deepen context.
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    Let’s talk fish: guide for journalists and media 2012
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    With this Media Guide, the Indian Ocean Commission through SmartFish Programme hopes to introduce you to the fisheries of Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands (the ESA-IO region) and stimulate your interest in learning more about the subject. The objective of the present guide is to help you to report knowledgeably and confidently about fisheries in your country or sub- region so that your readers, listeners or viewers gain a better understanding of the diverse and dynamic fi sheries of the area where they live.

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