South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project Joint ASCLME/SWIOFP Policy and Governance Assessment . SWIOFP Study Area. Objectives of SWIOFP.
South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project Joint ASCLME/SWIOFP Policy and Governance Assessment
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South West Indian Ocean Fisheries ProjectJoint ASCLME/SWIOFP Policy and Governance Assessment
SWIOFP Study Area
Objectives of SWIOFP
To identify and study exploitable offshore fish stocks within the South West Indian Ocean, more specifically, to determine existing fishing pressure on these stocks and to investigate the role of environmental influences on the life histories, seasonal variability and health of stocks in order to differentiate between environmental and anthropogenic impacts;
To develop institutional and human capacity through training and career opportunities; and
To develop a regional fisheries management structure and associated harmonised legislation in collaboration with the SWIOFC.
Scientific Components of SWIOFP
SWIOFP is being implemented through six components, which are aimed at achieving the objectives stated above.
The six components of SWIOFP are as follows:
Data gap analysis, data archiving and information technology;
Assessment and sustainable utilization of crustaceans;
Assessment and sustainable utilization of demersal fishes (excluding crustaceans);
Assessment and sustainable utilization of pelagic fish;
Mainstreaming biodiversity in national and regional fisheries management; and
Strengthening regional and national fisheries management.
Specific Outputs for Governance Assessment
Collate and review the fisheries policy making process and the fisheries laws and regulations of the SWIOFP countries and advise on areas where harmonisation is possible.
Review the regional fisheries management organsiations in the region and how they could be improved to ensure an LME and ecosystem– based governance approach.
Follow Up Actions on the Policy Governance Assessment
Develop an Action Plan for implementation
Initiate process of training on EAF approach to developing management plans
Develop a framework for assisting countries in science to policy and governance process for their respective fisheries including legislations.
An EAF approach management plan for one specific fisheriesin each of the SWIOFP countries.