SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO SET UP CENTRE TO COMBAT ILLEGAL FISHING

PRETORIA– South Africa will play a significant role in the establishment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional Monitoring Control and Surveillance Co-ordination Centre (MCSCC) which will soon be established in Mozambique, according to the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

The SADC MCSCC is expected to enhance and co-ordinate compliance and enforcement efforts in the SADC sub-region in order to combat illegal fishing, the DAFF said in a statement here Sunday.

Fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is one of the priorities of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Fisheries crime is not just a national challenge but it is also a global scourge that undermines governments’ poverty eradication efforts,” it added.

The fact that fisheries crime is largely transnational in nature raises a need for organised global communities to work together in addressing illegal fishing.”

The department said it appreciated the complexity of illegal fishing and would like to assure South Africans that every possible measure would be taken in order to curb this type of crime.

South Africa is a member of Interpol and consequently an active member of the Interpol Fisheries Crime Working Group whose fundamental objective is to enhance collaborative efforts for the purpose of combating fisheries crime, which include poaching of abalone and west coast rock lobster.

The department last week welcomed the board members of Interpol Fisheries Crime Working Group at a meeting in Cape Town, held under the Chairpersonship of Norway.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK