Somalia Fisheries Forum | Oct 24-26, 2017
Somalia boasts the longest coastline in continental Africa and has the potential to support a robust and productive fishing industry. Currently, the domestic fishing sector is relatively small due to recent conflict and insufficient regulation and enforcement.
The Somalia Fisheries Forum 2017 (SFF 2017) served as a platform for dialogue and collaboration for sustainable progress in Somalia’s fishing sector. The forum was a remarkable success with around 600 participants, a third of which were women. The forum included a trade show with 30 booths representing fishing companies, Somali NGOs, and international NGOs. Both the opening and closing were broadcast on Somali TV and we were honored to have Puntland President Abdiweli Gaas give closing remarks.
The Forum explored various themes, including implementing fisheries management, increasing consumer demand, expanding production and processing, and financing fishing companies. The conference was organized to address broad tracks of Finance, Strategy, and Management.
This conference brought together fisheries management experts, donors, technical experts, development partners, and Somalia’s fishing community. The aim was to engage in a series of practical discussions to organize, collaborate, and advance Somalia’s fishing sector.
Watch the Inside Somali Fishing video below: