Launch of Seychelles' 1st report to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)
Last Friday, 16 April 2021, Seychelles released its first ever report to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). Seychelles is now the first country in the world that has conducted a comprehensive assessment against 12 transparency categories of marine fisheries management (e.g. stock assessments, vessel registries, catch data, subsidies). 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.
The Launch Forum was attended by the President of Seychelles, the Minister of Fisheries and the Blue Economy as well as around 50 members of the government, the diplomatic corps and national stakeholders within the fisheries sector. Around 30 people also followed the event live on YouTube. During the event, a number of high-level congratulatory messages were shown:
· Mr Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean https://youtu.be/w0yp7fWl8rg
· Ms Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, Country Director, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros and Seychelles, Eastern and Southern Africa, The World Bank https://youtu.be/Sxe2Uko-EWM
· Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, The Commonwealth Secretariat https://youtu.be/xYJXYAeiPq4
· Dr Valeria Merino, Chair of International Board, Fisheries Transparency Initiative https://youtu.be/6ux6qUgi_aw
· Mr Audun Lem, Deputy-Director, Fisheries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) https://youtu.be/Q9hFmqZt1Cs
While the report is already a remarkable endeavour – in particular given the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – the process of how this was achieved is even more noteworthy. The report was produced through a collective effort by the Seychelles’ National Multi-Stakeholder Group, a group comprising of 12 members, equally representing government, industrial and small-scale fishing and civil society. This is not only in line with SDG 17, but also a prerequisite in order to ensure that the report is seen as credible and trustworthy.
You can download the report here: http://www.sfa.sc/index.php/doc/publications/fiti-reports/summary/33-fiti-reports/111-seychelles-1stfiti-report-20210416