8th Session of the Scientific Committee of the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission, Maputo, Mozambique, 12-15 February 2018.
The Eighth Session of the Scientific Committee of the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) was held from 12 to 15 February 2018 at Hotel Tivoli, in Maputo, Mozambique. The Session was attended by delegates from Comoros, France (Réunion and Mayotte), Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, and the United Republic of Tanzania. Representatives of the Oceanographic Research Institute in South Africa (ORI), the IOC-SWIOFish1 project, the Television of Mozambique (TVM) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) attended the meeting as observers and external experts. The Committee reviewed the national reports on the status of fisheries and fisheries resources, on the management actions undertaken by member countries in the intersessional period and on the fishery research activities carried out or in planning. The national reports on fisheries management plans being implemented or planned, certification of fisheries, discards and by-catch and impact of climate events on fisheries and aquaculture were also presented and commented upon. The report of the Fifth Working Party on Fisheries Data and Statistics was also presented. The next session of the Scientific Committee of the SWIOFC will take place in Réunion, France, at least two months before the ninth session of the Commission.