Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (Siofa)

The Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) is an international fisheries agreement between several nations, signed in Rome on 7 July 2006 and entered into force on 21 June 2012. [1] The aim of the agreement is to ensure and promote the long-term conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in the region through cooperative intermediate Member States. SIOFA is a Regional Fisheries Organization (RFMO) that covers PMSN coverage in the Indian Ocean. SIOFA aims to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources through cooperation and to promote sustainable fisheries development, taking into account the needs of its members and, in particular, the least developed island states and small island states. SIOFA`s area of expertise covers the high seas between East Africa and Western Australia. SIOFA borders the southern area of the Commission for the Conservation of the Antarctic Wildlife and Sea (CCAMLR) Convention, east of the area covered by the Convention of the South Pacific Fisheries Management Organization (ORGP) and, to the west, that of the South-East Atlantic Fisheries Organization (SEAFO). The European Commission welcomed the outcome of the meeting, which confirmed that SIOFA will become a fully operational regional fisheries management organisation (RFMO) in the coming year. Well-functioning PSRs are the key to effective ocean management. SIOFA includes fisheries resources, including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other sedentary species within the zone, but excludes highly migratory and sedentary species under the jurisdiction of coastal states for fishing. SIOFA also manages high-value fisheries, including orange bacon, alfonsino and dental fish. [2] Objectives This agreement aims to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in this area through cooperation between the parties and the promotion of sustainable fisheries development in the area, taking into account the needs of the states bordering the area parties to the agreement, particularly the least developed countries and small island developing states. This agreement applies to fisheries resources, including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other sedentary species within the zone, but to the exclusion of highly migratory species (Annex I of UNCLOS) and sedentary species under the fisheries jurisdiction of coastal states (Article 77, paragraph 4, UNCLOS). The Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) aims to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the jurisdiction of the parties and to promote sustainable fisheries development, taking into account the needs of neighbouring developing countries, particularly least developed countries and small island developing states.

The area of the agreement covers the high seas between East Africa and Western Australia. [2] SIOFA borders the territory of the Antarctic Wildlife and Sea Conservation Commission (CCAMLR) Congress to the south, the Congress territory of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPFA) to the east and the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) convention territory to the west. [2] Taipei (CNA) Taiwan joined the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) on 4 July, when it first participated in a meeting of the agreement`s members as a “participating fishing organization,” as announced by the Fisheries Authority on Tuesday.

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