According to the statement, the roadmap will be presented to a ministerial council meeting of the FISH-i Africa member states during the 5th meeting of the working group, to help renew commitment in the fight against illegal fishing.
The member states include Comoros Islands, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania.
Speaking on Tuesday in Port Louis, Mauritius’ Fisheries Minister Premdut Koonjoo said illegal fishing accounts for 10 to 30 percent of the fish captured globally, with about 10 to 23 billion U.S. dollars in lost revenue every year due to this illegal activity.
He added that these illegal practices have a negative impact on marine environment, as they destroy protected zones and lead to capture of fingerlings that are later discarded, hence leading to depletion of fish stocks. Enditem