First risk assessment training in Mozambique under the MCSCC’s Ocean Vigilance project

November 23 2023

    Approximately 25 participants from the national Mozambique’s National Maritime Institute (INAMAR) and the Maritime Administration took part in the workshop, with regional representation from the ports of Beira and Nacala, the other two designated ports of Mozambique.
    To fully participate in regional cooperation, it is important to understand the value of it. Although the SADC MCSCC is based in Maputo, engagement in the information-sharing platiorm of the MCSCC has so far been limited. The presentation of the role and functions of the Centre, as well as discussions with the participants, allowed MCS officers in the training to understand the value of the MCSCC to fulfil their national responsibilities. As a result of this workshop, it was agreed that every port should be able to receive and request information and nominate representatives to be registered on the platiorm.

    Following this workshop, a workplan will be elaborated according to the priority needs identified and commitments made by the participants. Based on this, the technical team will continue building national capacity through in-person and remote coaching.
    To fully achieve the set objectives, it is fundamental that MCS officers know which legal obligations fishing operators must abide to, and to know the powers that are given to them by law to ensure these obligations are complied with. The workshop raised awareness on this aspect and highlighted the need to build knowledge of MCS officers on the content of the legislation and on legal mechanisms available to them. The national legislation provides a number of leverages that can be used by MCS officers to reduce IUU fishing activities in their waters; a next step will be to help them get more confident in using them.