The ACP Fish II Programme, entitled "Strengthening Fisheries Management in ACP Countries" is funded under the 9th EDF (€30M).
Weak and ineffective governance of the world fisheries has led to the widespread degradation and depletion of the natural resource base, resulting in greater poverty among fishing communities, a decline in food security and, in general, in sub-optimal use of fisheries resources. Weak policies and institutional arrangements and ineffective legal frameworks, combined with a lack of sectoral strategy, have been widely acknowledged as being a fundamental obstacle to effective fisheries management, and therefore to poverty alleviation and food security. Ineffective governance has also resulted in high incidence of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing depriving ACP countries of substantial economic revenues.
Given that millions of people in ACP countries are dependent on fisheries for livelihood and nutrition, it is crucial that ACP countries strengthen fisheries management, both at the national and regional levels, by developing, implementing and enforcing sound fisheries management measures so as to ensure availability of fish to local communities, fish processors and exporters. Effective and sustainable management of fisheries resources is thus the most important pre-condition to continue harvesting social and economic benefits from fisheries and fish trade.
The ACP Fish II Programme, which became operational in June 2009, is primarily designed to improve fisheries management in ACP countries and to reinforce regional cooperation for the management of shared stocks