Illegal fishing is a massive worldwide problem as it highly contributes to the depletion of fish stocks especially in the coastal waters of developing countries. The most aggrieved parties are small coastal communities as the illegal activities not only cause environmental, but also economic and social harm to the society.
FISH-i Africa is a partnership of eight East African countries, regional organisations and international experts that gathers, analyses, shares and strategically uses information to take action against illegal fishing operators. It has shown that enforcement against those operators can happen, even if capacity is low and the ocean areas to monitor are vast. Key factors have been access to timely and relevant information, effective information sharing and close regional cooperation.