Project Description

The E€OFISH programme plays a crucial role in consolidating the achievements of the States in the region, supporting sustainable fishing practices that generate growth and employment opportunities. Fishing remains a driving force in the region’s economies, significantly contributing to food and nutritional security for local populations.

However, with the growth of maritime activities and the challenges they bring, it becomes imperative to ensure the sustainable management of shared resources and strengthen the various fisheries in the region. It is within this context that regional cooperation in the fishing sector has been renewed through this programme.

E€OFISH underscores the strong partnership between the European Union (EU) and the wider region, with active involvement from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). The EU promotes and funds this programme, which is implemented by the IOC in close collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Lake Tanganyika Authority and Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization.

The Objectives of ECOFISH

  • Enhance regional policies and institutional frameworks to secure more sustainable fisheries management and contribute to marine biodiversity and climate resilience. More information >
  • Strengthen capacity to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Region. More information >
  • Support concrete fisheries management and governance initiatives in small-scale inland and marine fisheries, with possibilities of replication at regional level More information >