Member States of the African Union
The ministries or departments responsible for fisheries in each of the 54 AU member states will be the major stake holders of the project.
Regional Economic Communities
The RECs are institutions of the African Union and have experiences with AU-IBAR on livestock and fisheries issues. Their regional mandate would be utilized in the mitigating risks such as lack of ownership of project activities. Their role would be particularly useful in setting up an apex body, for e.g. Regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) centre. Examples of RECs include Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Southern African Development Community (SADC), etc.
Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs)
The RFBs have mandates for fisheries management within their geographical areas of competence. These bodies are constituted by member states with established protocols and working relationships. They provide the links with the fisheries management institutions of the AU member states and, by virtue of this, have extensive documentation and experiences on the fisheries of the member states. These institutions would therefore be very strategic to the project in promoting ownership of activities and outcomes. The RFBs currently collaborate with AU-IBAR on fisheries management issues and have participated in AU-IBAR organized events. Examples include Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), etc.
Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs)
RFMOs are international organizations dedicated to the sustainable management of fishery resources in a particular region of international waters (areas beyond national jurisdiction), or of highly migratory species. They may focus on certain species e.g. International Commission for the Conservation of the Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) for tuna but may also have expanded mandates to cover other marine resources e.g. the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
Fishermen and fish farmers associations will mobilize their members from the different member states for effective participation in the activities of the project. They will be supported, through the project, to broaden the participation of their members and this will enhance the opportunity for articulation of the issues affecting them within regional decision-making forums.