Collaborating Organizations

The workshop is organized by ICSF in collaboration with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the Masifundise Development Trust and the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA).



Wiomsa is a regional professional, non-governmental, non-profit, membership organization, registered in Zanzibar, Tanzania. It aims to promote the educational, scientific and technological development of all aspects of marine sciences in the region of the western Indian Ocean [Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion (France)], so as to sustain the use and conservation of its marine resources. WIOMSA has around 1,000 individual members and 50 institutional members from within and outside the region.


The Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA-CAPE) is a coalition of international NGOs concerned about the social, economic and environmental impacts of European Union (EU) fisheries agreements with Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and other southern coastal States. Founded in Brussels in 1992, CFFA established a permanent secretariat there in1994. Its main activity is to provide information on ACP-EU fisheries relations to ACP artisanal fishing-sector organizations, ACP and EU institutions and NGOs, in order to help them participate and influence the decision-making processes governing ACP-EU fisheries relations (fisheries agreements, now called 'partnerships agreements', and EU development programmes). CFFA organizes meetings, arranges exchanges, runs training programmes, and produces information for policy advocacy. Since 1998, CFFA has been participating in the NGO group that sits on the European Commission's Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (ACFA). CFFA is also accredited to attend, as observer, various FAO technical consultations.

Masifundise Development Trust is an NGO working with fisher and coastal communities in Western Cape, South Africa. Masifundise strives to raise awareness among fisher and coastal communities in southern Africa, to enable them to realize their right to sustainable development within the local and global context of sustainable marine and aquatic resource management and utilization. In November 2004, Masifundise organized a SADC (Southern African Development Community)-level workshop, the Southern African Small-scale Fishers' Conference, at Cape Town, which brought together fishers and fishermen, fisherwomen, traditional leaders and government representatives from SADC countries to discuss the SADC protocol on fisheries.