SmartFish is one of the largest regional programmes for fisheries in Africa. It is financed by the European Union, and implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). There are twenty beneficiary countries under the programme. Other partner institutions include: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Southern African Development Community (SADC), along with several regional fisheries management organizations. The overall objective of the program is to contribute to sustainable development of the region through the sustainable use of fisheries resources.The ultimate beneficiaries of the programme will be the fishermen, coastal communities and wider populations of the region. It is expected that diverse stakeholder groups will also have specific direct and indirect benefits from the SmartFish program.
The program aims to achieve five main results:
- Fisheries Development and Management
- Fisheries Governance
- Effective Monitoring, Control and Surveillance
- Fish Trade
- Food Security