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#OceanAction20856
Partnerships to promote science-based fisheries management and fight illegal fishing in fragile and post-conflict states
by Secure Fisheries (a program of One Earth Future) (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Secure Fisheries supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.4 by working with and facilitating stakeholders to develop solutions to overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and destructive fishing practices while implementing science-based management plans.

Secure Fisheries is a program of the One Earth Future Foundation, a nonprofit and independent operating foundation that fosters sustainable peace by building effective networks and resilient societies in fragile and post-conflict regions. We work with local, regional, and international stakeholders to improve fisheries governance, advance sustainability, and combat illegal fishing. Secure Fisheries work is founded on rigorous scientific research and empirical analysis. Acknowledging the limited data available about both legal and illegal fishing in fragile and post-conflict states, Secure Fisheries introduces new data sources and produces evidence-based analysis that can strengthen fisheries policy and improve sustainability.

Secure Fisheries works in Somalia where unsustainable and unregulated fishing risks contributing to violence and conflict. We believe improved management of Somali fisheries will contribute to greater overall security, help ensure lasting access to this important source of food and income for Somali communities, and contribute to better management of fisheries resources within the Western Indian Ocean. Secure Fisheries also engages with partner organizations to reduce IUU fishing in Somali waters and across the Western Indian Ocean by facilitating communication and collaboration on enforcement and intelligence gathering.
Updates to voluntary commitment
14.4
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
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
December 2018
Strengthening enforcement of illegal fishing laws by working with partner organizations, regional navies, and coast guards to increase maritime domain awareness and enhance data collection on fishing vessels and transshipment vessels operating in the Western Indian Ocean.
September 2020
Advancing sustainable fisheries management in Somalia by increasing the availability of information on fisheries and coastal resources through the creations of an interactive, web-based map that identifies important marine habitats, fishing grounds, and user groups of coastal resources. The map will enable Somalis, investors, and the development community to identify areas for development and locations at risk of conflict over resources and use, and to strategize how to mitigate conflict risk through protections or investment. Secure Fisheries will use the map as a tool to engage stakeholders, foster conversations, and develop action plans for effective management of Somali coastal resources.
Staff / Technical expertise
Research and facilitation
Updates
#OceanAction20856
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2017 - September 2020
Partners
Secure Fisheries (NGO) - lead entity, UNODC (United Nations entity), Shuraako (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Kaija Hurlburt, Director, Secure Fisheries , khurlburt@securefisheries.org,
Other SDGs
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