IOC: A Million for Fisheries Monitoring

9 years, 1 month ago - April 19, 2013
An amount of 1,063,700 euros was granted by the Commission of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) through the SmartFish Programme to strengthen the operations of joint fisheries surveillance in the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria, Africa.

With the financial support of the European Union, Madagascar, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania will strengthen their monitoring plan, control and surveillance (MCS) fisheries.

SmartFish The program is one of the largest programs on fisheries in Africa and includes a significant component of the SCS in the region of Southern Africa, Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean. In this region, nearly 3.5 million people live full-time or part-time fishing.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing threatens the sustainability of resources in the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria . Lake Victoria is probably the most important source of freshwater fish on the African continent. It contributes significantly to the economies of coastal states (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), but also those of neighboring countries.

"The pooling of resources and resources combined with a coherent coordination were key to the success of programs for monitoring fishing the IOC, "said Leon Martial Razaka, in charge of the IOC. "We must strengthen the achievements while highlighting the strengths of each country," he concludes.

Through this support, additional efforts will be made to strengthen surveillance operations. For example: 30 days extra patrol for a Seychelles patrol and 58 days for Malagasy patrol. Intercountry collaboration also expands because, besides the five members of the IOC, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania States are added.

"We will increase the joint and air patrols and overflights above, we have a close collaboration with fisheries surveillance in other countries of the Indian Ocean, "says Harimandimby Rasolonjatovo, executive director of monitoring fishing in Madagascar.

This financial assistance has been requested by the States concerned through a process of direct subsidy and shows and their willingness to engage their services in regional cooperation in MCS. They will each receive 349,834 euros (Madagascar), 294 200 euros (Seychelles), 257,262 euros (Kenya) and 162 264 euros (Tanzania).

 

Text by Le Mauricien

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