Consultant: analysis on the remaining unregulated fishing in the Indian Ocean region - current activities, impacts and options for the future



United States
Posted on Friday, April 8, 2022

Posted on July, 04 2019

This project aims to increase the sustainability of fishing activities, and ultimately contribute to food security and poverty alleviation in South West Indian Ocean states.
One aspect, which requires further scrutiny in the Indian ocean region, is the remaining unregulated fishing. With no applicable regulations and no conservation and management measures governing emerging fisheries the issue of unregulated fishing needs to be raised and tackled.

Project Objectives & Methodology

  • Tracking and analysing satellite data (AIS, VMS) to target hotspots of unregulated fishing activities in the high sea
  • Gather information on vessels identity (including beneficial owner information if possible) and activities (authorisations, etc.) including point of landing
  • If possible include information on the trade of these “unregulated” fish products with a focus on the European Union trade if related.

Assessment of impact in the SWIO

  • Defined management gaps in terms of species and areas against unregulated observed fishing activities
  • Detailed state of play – define characteristics of unregulated fishing operations and their histories in the SWIO
  • Impact for region – consider the dynamics of the fishing effort within the region and the impact that unregulated fishing has on national fisheries, also consider other aspects e.g. overfishing, environmental impacts (for instance if biodiversity hotspots are in same areas than unregulated fishing hotspots) and the link with international trade

Proposals should include the relevant background of the consultant(s) involved, CVs of consultants who will participate in the project, and a cost estimate for the project. Interested experts, institutions and or consortia should send their letter of intent with the relevant documents to the contact below by email no later than close of business Friday 26 July. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Project Manager:
Antonia Leroy
Policy Officer, Illegal Fishing
WWF European Policy Office