How We Work

The eight Task Force countries work principally through national fisheries enforcement officers using these tools and mechanisms to cooperate towards shared ends, and take legal action against those identified as illegal fishing operators.

Information Sharing on flagged and licensed fishing vessels and those active in their fishing zones and ports. Task Force countries can access intelligence and information that can help identify and track down illegal operators in their EEZs.


  • FISH-I Africa Task Force meetings provide an opportunity for discussion, analysis, strategy building and planning, whilst also building relationships and establishing trust.
  • An interactive communications platform, which enables FISH-I players to communicate and exchange information, related to illegal fishing incidents and operators in real-time.
  • FISH-I Africa uses risk assessment tools to support prioritization and decision making, including processes for regionally and internationally linked due diligence in respect to flagging and licensing of vessels as well as access to port services, while also systematically analyzing the patters and trends.
  • Fish-I Africa provides case specific assistance to Task Force members in the form of legal opinions, investigative support, and operational advice, historic analysis of vessels and companies, as well as advice on options for taking action forward.