Today, Seychelles has officially launched its first ever report to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, making it the first country in the world to submit such a report. This is a major milestone for the country’s efforts to ensure that fisheries are environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially equitable – not only now, but for generations to come.
Coastal countries, such as Seychelles, face a complex challenge: ensuring that fishing and fish trade contribute to income, employment, food & nutrition security, while also conserving marine biodiversity for future generations.
While there are many aspects to achieve sustainable fisheries, the public availability of credible information is critical.
Despite having a land mass of just 455km2, Seychelles is a large ocean state and major player in the global tuna industry, with an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.37 million km2.
The purpose of this report is threefold:
- To SUMMARISE KEY STATUS INFORMATION on Seychelles’ fisheries sector to increase public understanding and appreciation of Seychelles’ fisheries sector;
- To ASSESS SEYCHELLES’ LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE against the 12 transparency requirements of the FiTI Standard
- To PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS to Seychelles’ national authorities on how the publication of information in the public domain, e.g. on government websites, can be further improved.
The report makes known a range of previously unpublished information on various topics, including foreign fishing access agreements, stock information, payment and catch data from large- and small-scale fishing vessels, as well as fishing subsidies.