Fisheries are one of the main resources of the Indian Ocean that provides food to hundreds of millions of people and greatly contributes to the livelihoods to coastal communities. However, despite of their great importance, the fisheries sector are facing a wide range of challenges such as overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF), which causes losses not only in terms of the economy, but also the environment and fishermen's livelihoods. According to WWF the practices of IUUF equates to approximately 11-19% of reported global fisheries production and leads to losses of roughly $10-23.5 billion in value.
IORA attributes high importance to combating IUUF and it is one of the main focus in IORA’s Fisheries Management agenda. It is pertinent for IORA to identify the opportunities and challenges from other regional or international mechanism in combating IUUF, with aim to paving the way in developing a regional guideline in combating IUUF that is fit to the Indian Ocean characteristics.
In view of further discussion and exchange information on the IUUF, Indonesia, as the Chair of IORA Core Group on Fisheries Management (CGFM), will host a webinar that will enable Member States to identify and exchange of views on the opportunities and challenges in IORA to combating IUU Fishing, based on the existing regional mechanism such as ASEA or European Unio, as well as provide an avenue for policy exchange and best practices to combat IUU Fishing within the existing regional mechanism, such as ASEAN, EU, and IORA.
The webinar will be hosted by Indonesia, the Chair of the CGFM, in collaboration with the IORA Secretariat. The webinar is scheduled for 26 October 2021 at 07:00 GMT (14:00 West Indonesia time/ 11:00 Mauritius time / 09:00 South Africa time).
Interested participants are requested to register via the following link: