Mozambique, covering Southern Africa

Leone Tarabusi - Regional Manager
C/O Administração Nacional das Pescas (ADNAP)
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso 343, 3º Andar
Maputo, Mozambique
Tel/Fax: +258 21302769
Cel: +258 824024972

ACP Fish II Coordination Unit

Mr. Gustavo Miranda, Programme Coordinator

Avenue Tervuren 36/21
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32(0)2.739.00.60
Fax: +32(0)2.739.00.68

Fishing trawler Macaneta-Mozambico
Fishing trawler Macaneta-Mozambico
IUU fishing Macaneta- Mozambico
IUU fishing Macaneta- Mozambico

Programme reference:

EU Funded Project: CU/PE1/MZ/10/010 from ACP Fish II PROGRAMME: “Strengthening Fisheries Management in ACP Countries”.


“This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the ACP Fish II and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.”


Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is widely recognized as the scourge of the fishing industry in the region, becoming more and more widespread in the area, leading to an unsustainable harvest of fish stocks and other marine wildlife, destruction of habitats, loss of fish for future harvest, loss of nutrition, and loss of income and employment for legitimate fishers. To face such a challenge in 2003, the SADC Protocol on Fisheries came into force, with the objective of promoting the "responsible use of the living aquatic resources to enhance food security and human health, safeguard the livelihood systems of fishing communities, and generate economic opportunities for nationals in the region and to ensure that future generations benefit from these resources".

In July 2010 at the SADC ministerial meeting held in Victoria Falls, the SADC Action Plan for IUU fishing providing for the set up of a Regional Fisheries Monitoring Control and Surveillance( MSC) Centre has been approved by the SADC member States, along with the decision of Mozambique being its hosting country. The mission of the regional Center will be to coordinate MCS and enforcement activities (in port and  at sea), to set up a regional platform for the conduction of regional Patrol Plan  and for supporting the capacity building for harmonized implementation of the SADC protocol on fisheries and development of training.

In this framework a need for devising a regional MCS strategy and a regional plan of action to combat IUU fishing has been recognized by the member states. The statement includes the establishment of a Task Force to “identify and examine, having regard to any global initiative, and further actions and measures that could be undertaken at the regional level to intensify the fight against IUU fishing” and calls for “cooperation initiatives in fisheries MCS and law enforcement through improved coordination of MCS activities by establishing a regional MCS Centre”.



The objective of this project was to provide the SADC and member states with guidelines for the establishment of the Regional Fishries MCS Centre in order to prevent and combat IUU fishing in the region, facilitating cost-effective cooperation and coordination of MCS activities.

Main project activities

  • Set up a working group made up of members from selected SADC Member States to assist the consultant in drawing up the operation and financial plan for the establishment of the MCS regional Centre.
  • Situation analysis, documents review and visits to fisheries administrations and relevant  institutions in Botswana (23-24/03/2011), Namibia (25-29/03/2011), Tanzania (30/03-01/04/2011), Mozambique 04-07/03/2011), Zambia (07-09/04/2011) and Seychelles (11-15/04/2011) to meet with key involved stakeholders
  • Benchmarking to other operational Fisheries MCS Coordination initiatives in the EU and ACP region
  • Organization and facilitation  of a regional validation workshop in Gaborone, Botswana the 18-19/04/2012
What has the Project Achieved

The project enable to produce two main leading docents as follow:

1)      Guidelines for establishing the SADC Regional Fisheries MCS Coordination Centre which addresses the institutional set up options, the role of the Centre and the key services to be delivered as long as sustainability considerations and options in long term.

2) Project proposal for the start‐up of the Centre, to be implement in the short term while conditions for the installing of Regional Fisheries MCS Coordination Centre in the long run are created

These two outcomes were presented at the SADC Fisheries Technical Committee meeting held in Gaborone the 18-19 of April 2011 and approved by the SADC Ministers responsible for Natural Resources (which includes Fisheries) and Environment and Sustainable Development at their meeting of 26 May 2011. In September 2011 a work programme and road map for the establishment of the Centre was approved. ACP Fish II provided further support to carry out some of the identified priorities action as follow a) An assessment of the implementation of the SADC Statement of Commitment to combat IUU Fishing; b) the development of the Financial Sustainability Plan for the Centre . The SADC Secretariat Lawyers will draft the Charter for the Centre and subject it to national consultations and regional negotiation by Member States