Combatting IUU Fishing in Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (the Guianas)

North Brazil Shelf. Source: One Shared Ocean
Grantee World Wildlife Fund
Grant Amount $400,000
Duration Three Years

Through this project, World Wildlife fund aims to significantly reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing throughout the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana) by developing and implementing National Plans of Action (NPOAs) and increase and strengthen cooperation and data sharing between the three Guianas with a focus on small-scale fishers. Working closely with the national focal points in each country and through strategic coordination and consultation with key stakeholders, WWF will: 1) Strengthen regional coordination and governance mechanisms to address IUU fishing as well as data sharing in and between the three countries (Suriname, Guyana and French Guyana); 2) Assist in the development and implementation of NPOAs to address IUU fishing (NPOA-IUU); 3) Improve management of the artisanal fisheries sector through the adoption of best practices and appropriate technology; and 4) Strengthen capacity of National Fisheries Departments in Suriname and Guyana and support sustainable fishing practices and establish effective collaboration between the fishing sector and relevant stakeholders.