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Creation of a sustainably-funded Fisheries Authority by the Federal Government of Somalia

Creation of a sustainably-funded Fisheries Authority by the Federal Government of Somalia

Full title of the project:

Creation of a sustainably-funded Fisheries Authority by the Federal Government of Somalia

Target areas:


USD 1 298 344
Project code:

To increase the capacity of key Government institutions to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and improve cooperation between regions to better manage national fisheries resources.

Key partners:

Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) of Somalia

Beneficiaries reached:

Trained a total of 58 serving government officers at Federal and State level in fisheries monitoring, management and safety processes, with a view to their assisting in the establishment of a dedicated Federal Somali Fisheries Authority (FSFA). The FSFA and issuing fishing licenses for foreign vessels in the Somali Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will benefit the Somalia and the fisheries sector specifically in financial and environmental resilience.

Activities implemented:
  • Contributed to the issuance of a Presidential Proclamation setting out the coordinates of the Somali EEZ, acknowledged by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in July 2014.
  • Assisted with drafting the legal framework to establish the FSFA.
  • Contributed to the development of marine fisheries strategic frameworks and agreements.
  • Established a fisheries Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) in all states and at Federal level.
  • Conducted training and refresher sessions on VMS for a total of 27 serving government officers at Federal and State level.
  • Trained a total of 27 fisherfolk in safe fishing, handling and processing practices.
  • Trained 15 fisheries observers and 15 fisheries inspectors for deployment on all tuna fishing vessels operating inside the Somali EEZ, as well as 11 MFMR staff in all aspects of sustainable and transparent fisheries management.
  • Contributed to the process of establishing a fully functional command centre for the MFMR.
  • Contributed to the development of a transparent process resulting in the sale of fishing licenses (in late 2018) to 31 foreign tuna-fishing vessels to operate in the Somali EEZ, generating USD 1 045 000 for Somalia.
  • Supported the process of agreeing a sharing arrangement to divide revenue between Federal and State levels of Government.
  • Assisted the Government to become a member of the principal regional fisheries management body, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), providing direct technical support and benefiting Somalia, the MFMR and the sector as a whole.
  • Enhanced consultation and collaboration between the Government and Federal Member States (FMS) towards establishing the FSFA.
  • Strengthened capacities of MFMR and FMS in fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance.