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Fisheries resources workshop, zanzibar, 30-31 October 2017

IORA Workshop on
Development of a Regional Strategy to Address the Sustainable Management 
and Development of Fisheries Resources in the Indian Ocean Rim Region
Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania
30-31 October 2017

Rationale

The tuna and tuna like fish species are migratory and are shared by IORA member states. therefore, they require joint management measures and actions such as harmonization of Policies and Legislations, MSC Strategies, joint surveillance, data collection, environmental monitoring, research on fisheries population dynamics, biodiversity, reproduction, genetics fish stock assessment, exchange of harvesting technologies, fish processing and marketing, information/data, socio-economic studies among others. This regional strategy can be implemented through capacity-building programmes, workshops, advisory consultations, sharing of best practices among others. Member states of the IORA can establish a common platform, in collaboration with RFMOs that have information resulting from research works conducted in the map for research, socio-economic studies, preparation of management decisions and plans for sustainable fisheries conservation, development of management decisions and plans for sustainable fisheries conservation, development, utilization for enhancing food security, poverty alleviation and ensuring long term employment opportunities and income earning to the IORA Member States.

Objectives

-To discuss the importance of developing coastal, Exclusive  Economic Zone (EEZ) /deep sea and high seas fishing activities as a way of increasing employment  opportunities,  income and enhancing food security to lORA Member countries;
-To   increase   awareness   by  sharing  of   knowledge   and   information   regarding  fisheries   conservation, management, development  and rational utilization of fisheries  resources in the coastal, EEZ / deep sea and high seas waters in lORA Member States
-To discuss and identify gaps on sustainable conservation, management and utilization of coastal, EEZ / deep sea and high seas fisheries resources and agree on the ways of bridging capacity gaps particularly on combating IUU fishing and research;
-To identify and prioritize projects and Development Partners that can be approached to provide both financial and technical support; and
-To promote capacity Building Program for sustainable development of coastal, EEZ and high seas for Indian Ocean Rim Region. 

Expected outcomes

-Promoting  knowledge  sharing  and  skills  on  coastal,  EEZ  and  high  seas  fisheries management and environmental conservation;
-Increase collaboration among lORA Member States on best practices for conservation, management and rational utilization of fisheries resources and curbing illegal fishing activities;
-Strengthening human capacity on fisheries research, data collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination;
-Promoting   technology   transfer on   appropriate fishing techniques,   handling,   processing,   marketing,   fisheries conservation, management and research; and
-Skill and capacity development for sustainable development of coastal, EEZ and high seas for Indian Ocean Rim Region

Concept Note

Draft Agenda

Administrative Arrangements

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