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Interactive Inventory of International Capacity Building Initiatives for Fisheries

The U.S. Action Plan for Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud outlines 15 recommendations for responding to these issues. Recommendation 6 aims to build international capacity to sustainably manage fisheries and combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud in coordination with a range of partners who share this interest. This website contributes toward that goal by maintaining an inventory of cooperation and assistance activities implemented by the broad community of donors, technical groups, government, and non-governmental organizations working on these issues.

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Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP)

The USAID/Caribbean regional mission's Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP) seeks to reduce threats to marine-coastal biodiversity in order to achieve sustained biodiversity conservation, maintain critical ecosystem services and realize tangible improvements in human well-being for communities adjacent to marine managed areas.

CITES Implementation and Enforcement Training

Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Implementation and CITES Enforcement Training for Management Authority (Scientific and Permit Management) and Customs Officers (Enforcement Authorities) from West African Region (Francophone) Nations: Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security: Africa Regional Course

The Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) offers a two-week custom-designed Expanded International Education and Training (IMET) and Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) course entitled ‘Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security’. The course is conducted in Monterey, California for candidates from all IMET and CTFP recipient countries. The intended audience is mid- to senior-level military, civilian (typically from the ministries of Defense, Interior, Justice, or Foreign Affairs), and law enforcement agency members involved in the decision-making process surrounding national and international security issues. For this course, the most appropriate officials will be those having some responsibility for maritime security issues. Ordinarily, participants hold ranks of Lieutenant (O-3) through Rear Admiral and their civilian equivalents, depending on source country arrangements. CCMR tailors each of its courses to the specific conditions and requirements of the selected audience. This program is ten days in duration, focusing on the strategic and operational levels. It is not a course in maritime security tactics.

Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH)

The USAID/Philippines Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) project uses an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management to achieve social, economic and ecological sustainability and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD)

USAID/Bangladesh's Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD) project combats coastal/estuarine illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and strengthens the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments.

Implementation of APFIC Trawl Fishery Guidelines

Support implementation of APFIC's Trawl Fishery Guidelines through subject matter exchange.

Improved Governance through Legal and Enforcement Capacity Building

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration, Office of General Counsel and Office of Law Enforcement provide a number of legal and enforcement trainings and workshops focused on the general foundation and understanding of the legal tools available to monitor and enforce fisheries regulations.

Obangame Express 2017: Ghana

NOAA Office of Law Enforcement agents provided two days of instruction on best practices in fisheries evidence collection and a practical exercise on fisheries evidence collection at the Sekondi Naval Base, Ghana.

Sustainable Ecosystems Achieved (SEA)

USAID/Indonesia's Sustainable Ecosystems Achieved (SEA) project is demonstrating ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management at local to national scales.

Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP)

USAID/Ghana's Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) aims to rebuild targeted marine fish stocks that have seen major declines in landings over the last decade, particularly small pelagic fisheries that are important for food security and are the mainstay of the small-scale fishing sector.

U.S. Coast Guard Fisheries Enforcement Shiprider Operations

The U.S. Coast Guard regularly exercises 16 bilateral fisheries law enforcement shiprider agreements with countries in the Eastern Pacific and in West Africa. These agreements enable U.S. government vessels and U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement personnel to help host nation law enforcement personnel better exercise their authority. Shiprider agreements help close global maritime law enforcement gaps; improve cooperation, coordination, and interoperability; and build maritime law enforcement capacity to more effectively combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and other illegal activity. The adoption of shiprider agreements between other countries and in other regions could help strengthen global maritime law enforcement efforts.

U.S. Coast Guard IUU Fishing Enforcement-Related Capacity Building Training

The U.S. Coast Guard conducts international capacity building training that has varying degrees of applicability to IUU fishing enforcement. Trainings provided by the U.S. Coast Guard that are related to IUU fishing enforcement fall within three broad categories: general maritime law enforcement, small boat operations, and professional military education. Information regarding the capacity building training carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard can be found in the annual Foreign Military Training Joint Reports to Congress.
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