IOC strengthens its partnerships

Flic en Flac, September 13, 2023 – As part of its commitment to preserving the region’s fisheries resources, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) at the Pearle Beach Hotel in Mauritius.

“This initiative is a new milestone in the collaboration between the IOC and the European Union. For over 30 years, the two organizations have worked together to promote sustainable fisheries in the region, which is a sector of interest to both our island states and the European Union”, explained Alice Ndiaye, Director of the IOC, at the ceremony to launch the collaboration.

The aim of this partnership is to provide the region with the skills and tools needed to meet the current challenges of biodiversity and climate change. It will provide specialized training, risk analysis methodologies and catch traceability systems to countries in the region, enabling them to better control and monitor fishing activities.

Comoros, France/La Réunion, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles and Tanzania are the beneficiaries of this initiative. EFCA’s proven experience and expertise in fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance make it a strategic ally for the region. “Through this agreement with EFCA, we are reinforcing our position in the region.