Southwest Indian Ocean
SWIOFC area of competence
A workshop was organised in collaboration with the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa to consider implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries in the Southwest Indian Ocean region. The workshop, held in Mozambique in November 2005, was attended by scientists and fishery officers from Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania.
The objectives of the workshop were to introduce the EAF concept to fishery scientists and officials working in the region and to discuss the relevance of the approach and ways to begin its implementation at local and regional level. Participants presented an overview of the situation of the fisheries in their respective countries and were guided through the process of EAF issue identification and prioritization for three fisheries: coastal shrimp fisheries, artisanal fisheries and purse seine fisheries.
Following the review of issues and their prioritisation, the workshop considered the problems that could be anticipated in the region and the ways forward to the implementation of EAF at national and regional level. A report with the results of the workshop is being finalized and will be sent to the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) to inform the Commission’s ongoing efforts to address EAF in the region.