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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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5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) Practitioner level training and briefings

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."

Collaborative Management for a Sustainable Fisheries Future (COMFISH)

COMFISH promoted sustainable fisheries co-management and supported the government of Senegal’s efforts to reform its fisheries sector.

Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing with Ocean Science and Technology

Concept statement for a collaborative pilot project to address IUU fishing.

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.

Fisheries Legal and Enforcement Training

This regional training workshop focused on strengthening fisheries enforcement in West Africa through legal institutions.

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.

ISSF Anti-IUU Activities

ISSF’s work is directly related to all three Strategies to combat IUU: Industry and Market Incentives, Transparency and Fisheries management Strategies. Our annual report—Best Practices, Better Solutions—outlines the organization’s goals and achievements in 2016 and highlights ISSF’s ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through science, collaboration, and advocacy, including on IUU activities.

Leveraging markets to support sustainably managed fisheries

EDF works with seafood industry leaders and other stakeholders to support fisheries that are managed sustainably to ensure both ecological and economic success for the fishery.

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.

Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (OCEANS)

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (OCEANS) between USAID, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center and the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security works to strengthen regional cooperation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, promote sustainable fisheries and conserve marine biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Securing Marine Tenure in Small-scale Fisheries

USAID carries out research on land and marine tenure to support programs on fisheries and coastal management.

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.

The Fourth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW)

Fisheries Practitioner level training and briefings held in San José, Costa Rica. The GFETW series are trademark events of the International MCS Network.

Training and Tools to Strengthen Capacity for Sustainable Fisheries Management

EDF Oceans empowers people around the world—in 12 geographies that make up 62% of global catch—to manage fisheries sustainably. We equip individuals, institutions and communities with what’s needed to overcome challenges and contribute towards more fish in the water, more food on the plate, and more prosperous communities.

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.

USAID Global Development Alliance with Rare and Bloomberg

USAID Philippines and Rare, with partners Bloomberg Philanthropies, Pinoy Micro-Enterprise Foundation and Encourage Capital, established a Global Development Alliance to expand the use of managed access to strengthen small-scale fisheries.

Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge (WCTC)

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge rewards innovative science and technology solutions that tackle specific wildlife trafficking issues.
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