MADAGASCAR PLEDGES TO JOIN THE FISHERIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
Madagascar pledges to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative . Madagascar has announced its commitment to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) as an incentive for ongoing global efforts to achieve transparency in the management of marine fisheries.
In a letter to FiTI International CEO Valeria Merino, Madagascar’s Fisheries and Blue Economy Minister Paubert Mahatante said the commitment to join the initiative is:
“part of increasing fisheries transparency and participation for more sustainable marine fisheries management in Madagascar.”
The Madagascar Cabinet of Ministers has approved the decision to join FiTI. Madagascar will now become the fifth country to do so, after Mauritania, Senegal, Seychelles and Cape Verde. The ministry said joining FiTI is “an important step towards the conservation, management and development of sustainable fisheries for future generations.”
“Joining FiTI will enable us to improve the delivery of public services, increase the transparency of responsible fisheries and foster collaboration between all stakeholders in the fisheries sector and the blue economy,” the statement said.
World Bank statistics show that Madagascar’s fisheries, mainly concentrated on the country’s 4,828 km coastline, have an annual production capacity of US $ 750 million (€ 644 million), equivalent to over 7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, at 6. 6 percent of Madagascar’s total exports.
“It is clear that national authorities already understand the importance of an inclusive approach to fisheries management, as evidenced by the frequent mention of transparency in national strategic documents such as La Stratégie Nationale de Bonne Gouvernance de la Pêche de Madagascar and La Stratégie Nationale de Hestion de la Pèche Thonière,” said Will May, FiTI Regional Coordinator for the Western Indian Ocean.
May said Madagascar’s public commitment “represents an important first step towards further increasing the availability of reliable, accurate and timely fisheries management information relevant to Madagascar.”
“Improving the transparency and inclusiveness of fisheries management can positively impact the ability to manage fisheries efficiently and sustainably, as well as the ability to effectively oversee, account and engage in public dialogue,” May said.
The FiTI International Secretariat said it would offer technical support to Madagascar to “complete the initial registration steps required to submit a formal candidate application to the FiTI International Board.”