The EU contribution was essential in steering the discussion towards increased sustainability and improved management and control of fishing vessels.
Some of the key achievements include:
Based on other EU proposals, the organisation also committed itself to the future development of a vessel monitoring system; a framework for new and exploratory fisheries, and a framework for scientific research and fisheries-based research in the SIOFA Area.
The Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) entered into force in June 2012. To date, SIOFA has nine Contracting Parties: Australia, the Cook Islands, the European Union, France on behalf of its Indian Ocean Territories, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Thailand; one Participating fishing entity: Chinese Taipei; and one cooperating non-Contracting Party: Comoros. Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique and New Zealand are also signatories to this Agreement, but have not ratified it.