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Protecting our fisheries

Strengthening cooperation and capacity to stop illegal fishing and to build sustainable blue growth in the SADC region.

Fisheries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, including marine and inland capture fisheries, generate a variety of benefits towards nutrition and food security, livelihoods, employment, national revenue, exports and foreign currency. However, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which is estimated to cost the SADC region around USD 400 million/year threatens the health of fish stocks, distorts markets, undermines governance, and undermines the wellbeing and livelihoods of coastal communities.

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