SIOFA to become fully operational next year

21 Oct 2015
The SIOFA Area of Competence covers the high seas between eastern Africa and Western Australia. Credit: Mattinbgn/CC BY 3.0

The SIOFA Area of Competence covers the high seas between eastern Africa and Western Australia. Credit: Mattinbgn/CC BY 3.0

The South Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) will become a fully operational Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) within the next year.

The members SIOFA held an extraordinary meeting on 12-16 October in which a number of important administrative and financial issues were agreed, including the Rules of Procedures, the Terms of Reference for subsidiary bodies, as well as the roadmap and the procedures for the recruitment of the Executive Secretary. Important progress has also been achieved on the financial regulation of SIOFA.

The final revision and approval of these documents will be carried out at the next meeting in June 2016 in La Reunion, where SIOFA will be based.

SIOFA is a non-tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO), which completes the coverage of RFMOs in the Indian Ocean. The objectives of SIOFA are to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources through cooperation and to promote the sustainable development of fisheries, taking into account the needs of its members and in particular the least-developed and small island states. The SIOFA Area of Competence covers the high seas between eastern Africa and Western Australia.

At present, the members of SIOFA are Australia, Cook Islands, the EU, France, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mauritius and Seychelles.

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