The FISH-i Africa Task Force was invited to attend the US Department of State’s event, ‘Our Ocean’ 2014, held on the 16th and 17th of June in Washington, USA. Hosted by US Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who called the protection of the world’s oceans “a vital international security issue,” the conference defined overfishing, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and by-catch as some of the biggest ocean threats. The second day of the conference began with the announcement from US President Barack Obama that he has directed his Federal Government to create a national strategy to combat black-market fishing. Observing that “we all know how fragile our Blue Planet can be”, President Obama stated that for any initiative to succeed it has to be bigger than any one country. Seychelles Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Peter Sinon, was asked to present solutions during the Sustainable Fisheries segment of the event, and used the opportunity to publicise the successes of FISH-i Africa, a working solution and excellent model of cooperation, that was very well received by all in attendance. A constant champion in the battle to end IUU fishing on the continent, Minister Sinon has been a supporter of FISH-i Africa since its inception and encouraged the backing of this and other solutions to assist developing countries in the fight against illegal fishing.
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