Project development objective Ref. PAD B.2, Technical Annex 3

The Project Development Objective relates specifically to assessing the current status of offshore fisheries within the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of coastal states in the South West Indian Ocean. The project aims to generate scientific knowledge and develop legal and institutional capacity to implement an action plan in order to manage these fisheries for maximum economic returns, consistent with a management strategy that stresses environmental sustainability and socially equitable distribution of the benefits of exploitation.

The project will adopt an ecosystem approach which will lead to an improved understanding of transboundary and environmental influences on stock health, the life histories of key species and variability in inter-annual estimates of stock abundance.