GIS - May 31, 2012: The European Union (EU) handed over to the Ministry of Fisheries in Port Louis yesterday equipment worth Rs 300 000 in the presence of the Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Nicolas Von-Mally. The donation of equipment was made in the context of the Regional Plan for Fisheries Surveillance in the South-West Indian Ocean which is implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) to fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.
The objectives of the Regional Plan for Fisheries Surveillance (PRSP), amongst others, are to reduce IUU fishing in the region, to contribute to fisheries resources conservation and sustainable management, and to improve surveillance in the Indian Ocean. It also contributes to the sustainable management of fisheries resources in the Indian Ocean and the promotion of responsible fishing. By virtue of the PRSP, patrol boats, aircraft, satellites and fisheries monitoring centers are mobilised to enable fisheries inspectors to carry out their missions in all EEZ’s.
Each patrol ensures the supervision of existing activities and serves as deterrent to illegal fishing and, if necessary, puts an end to any serious offence. The coordination of patrols for fisheries enforcement coupled with the pooling of resources and expertise render the regional surveillance activities more effective.
The IOC has also financially supported the establishment of a system consisting of onboard observers, which is an international obligation since July 2010 pursuant to resolution 2009/04 of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. A total of 15 trained observers, including three Mauritians, have obtained their regional accreditation and are being deployed.
With financial support from the EU, the IOC has organised several joint regional monitoring missions in the five maritime areas, namely those of Comoros, Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.