During 11-13 November 2012, PERSGA has organized a regional workshop on “combating IUU fishing in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden” its HQ in Jeddah. The workshop was attended by 20 fishery experts, mid-level planners and managers from fisheries administration and research departments in PERSGA member states. It was held in collaboration with ISESCO.
The workshop was designed to concentrate on three main objectives. Firstly, to review current status of IUU fishing in terms of prevalence, impacts and control/ management capacities in the region; to facilitate updating of IUU information and data, PERSGA has had formerly prepared and circulated an assessment questionnaire to collect information on current status in the member states. The assessment feedbacks were collated in a regional status account, which was discussed in the workshop. Second, the workshop aimed to trigger development of National Plans of Action (NPOAs-IUU) and a Regional Plan of Action (RPOA-IUU) in the region by PERSGA and its member states, through providing training on the approaches and measures, in light of the international plan (IPOA-IUU) and other sources. Thirdly- and besides capacity building on national and regional planning, the workshop also aimed at fostering regional cooperation and exchange of expertise and information in this regard, as well as providing the regional platform for discussing the roadmap and work plan for NPOAs/ RPOA preparation and harmonization.
The IUU fishing is a serious global problem, which imposes sever economic, social and ecological impacts, especially for the vulnerable developing countries with weak MCS capacities. Global loss due to IUU fishing is estimated at 10-23 billion dollars annually, according to some studies.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden