The Fisheries Transparency Initiative - Seychelles engagement
by The Government of Seychelles (Government)
Seychelles has joined the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) which is a global multi-stakeholder initiative that has been developed as a unique effort to complement and support other national, regional and global efforts for achieving responsible fisheries governance.
Its purpose is to increase transparency and participation in fisheries governance for the benefit of a more sustainable management of marine fisheries.
At the heart of the initiative is the global FiTI Standard, an agreement on what information on fisheries should be published online by public authorities in a complete and accessible manner. It comprises 12 transparency requirements and is applicable to all countries. The FiTI Standard provides all stakeholders with a comprehensive and credible way to achieve and maintain high levels of transparency on the management of the marine fisheries sector and the activities of fishers and fishing companies. The FiTI Standard is the outcome of extensive discussions, spanning nearly two years, by members of the FiTI International Advisory Group, including representatives from governments, large-scale and small-scale fishing sector organisations, multinational and regional fisheries organisations and civil society groups working on fisheries and marine conservation. The FiTI Standard has been adopted recently at the 2nd FiTI International Conference in Bali/Indonesia on 27 April 2017.
The FiTI will be implemented through a National Multi-Stakeholder Group, consisting of representatives from government, business and organised civil society. This group will make decisions on how the FiTI is implemented. The group will also work collectively to assess whether information in the public domain is perceived as accessible and complete and will make recommendations on how to improve information published by national authorities.
Information often remains out of the public domain or is not readily accessible. Such information includes the status of fish stocks and marine ecosystems, conditions attached to fishing authorizations, fishing access agreements or the amount of fish taken from the ocean. Without such information, the quality and credibility of decision-making can be undermined, while the prospect of effective oversight and accountability diminishes. The involvement of various stakeholders will also improve ocean governance and reinforce the development of the Blue Economy which the country is promoting.
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
- Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
- Science-based fisheries management plans
- Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
through the head of state or an appropriately designated government to issue and publish a clear public statement that to implement the FiTI.
Set an enabling Environment for Stakeholder participation with Government to commit to work with Civil Society
Seychelles government to establish a FiTI national multistakeholder Group (MSG)
The National MSG to establish a properly authorized and resourced FiTI National Secretariat to be hosted in Seychelles, with Candidate application to be submitted to the FiTI International Board by January 2018.
Financing (in USD)
Government of Seychelles
Staff / Technical expertise
Government of Seychelles
Other, please specify
Humbolt-Viadrina Government Platform (acting as FiTI International Secretariat)
Time-frame: 2016 - on going
Governments: Mauritania, Indonesia, Guinea, Senegal
International organizations: European Union, World Bank, FAO, African Development Bank Group, Arab Bank of Economic Development in Africa
Non government organizations: Humbolt-Viadrina Government platform, Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Confederation Africaine, Confederation des organisations professionelles de Peche artisanale, Greenpeace, Bread for the World
Seychelles Government: Office of the Vice President, Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Seychelles fishing Authority, Ministry of Finance, Trade and Economic Planning
Dominique Benzaken, Commonwealth (CFTC) Senior Advisor Ocean Governance, Office of the Vice President, Seychelles, email@example.com, 2482822463
Victoria, Mahe island, Seychelles