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Seychelles

Implementation of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) (SYC0003)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Seychelles Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Blue Economy Department

Support Institution(s): Office of Vice President Department of Fisheries Seychelles Fishing Authority Department of Blue Economy United Seychelles Party Linyon Demokratik Seselwa Party Civil Society Platforms (CEPS): - Sustainability for Seychelles - Seychelles, Sports Fishing Club - Transparency Initiatives (Seychelles - 1 Member and a Youth Grouping Industry: - Purse Seiners - Fishing Boat Owners Association - Fish Processor - Fishermen from Praslin

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption, Capacity Building, E-Government, Extractive Industries, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Coastal countries, like the Seychelles, face a complex challenge: ensuring that fishing and fish trade contribute to income, employment, food and nutrition for millions of people, while also conserving marine biodiversity for future generations. Seychelles is heavily reliant on its fisheries and the contribution to the GDP in 2013 according to the World Bank was reported as 8%, contributing 17% of the total employment of the population of only 94,000. The Seychelles also has one of the highest fish consumption per capita (circa 65kg per annum), making it the highest in Africa. While there are many aspects to achieve sustainable fisheries, the public availability of credible information is critical. Without transparency, governments cannot function to their potential. Transparency of information nurtures knowledge and the sharing of ideas. It also deepens the understanding of the important nature of the fisheries sectors, as well as the challenges that exist. Yet, in the Seychelles, certain information on our fisheries sector is not available at all, nor is it shared widely. Moreover, the dissemination of information is often not timely, of insufficient quality or objectivity, or presented in ways that make it inaccessible to our citizens.

What is the commitment?
The government of the Seychelles is committed to empowering all stakeholders in the fisheries industry to participate in its development and to hold the authority and decision makers accountable. Therefore, the government will establish a multi-stakeholder group, consisting of both industrial and artisanal fishermen, sports fishermen, civil society, government, and members of both political parties to implement the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) seeks to increase transparency and participation in fisheries governance for the benefit of a more sustainable management of marine fisheries and the well-being of citizens and businesses that depend on the marine environment. The FiTI is a global multi-stakeholder initiative that defines for the first time what information on fisheries should be published online by public authorities.

How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
Public access to information on how the Seychelles marine fisheries sector is being exploited is fundamental for good governance. Every stakeholder group, including local fishing communities, private companies, investors, retailers and partner countries engaged in fishing agreements stand to benefit from good and transparent management, ensuring a long-term contribution of the fisheries sector to the national economy and the fair distribution of revenues. Consequently, the impact of the FiTI does not lie only in the act of publishing information. It also ensures that this information is perceived by all relevant actors as credible, and that it contributes to the public debate in the Seychelles. For example, it is only normal that our citizens should know what fisheries agreements comprise of, what are the vessels licensed, the catch, the fees paid and what is the revenue is used for.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment is relevant to access to information and civic participation because it will promote transparency, empower citizens, and fight corruption.
With the implementation of the FiTI, Seychelles will establish an annual process to publish the so-called FiTI Report, which
• Demonstrates whether transparency requirements have been fulfilled, i.e. if the information published by national authorities is accessible and complete, and represents the best available information;
• provides a succinct summary of information on each transparency requirements to contribute to public debates; and
• communicates the recommendations of the National Multi-Stakeholder Group, including improving the publication of data on the transparency requirements in the public domain, e.g. government databases, websites, online reports.
Furthermore, the FiTI emphasises the need for national authorities to develop and strengthen their own systems for collating and publishing information online in a complete and accessible manner.


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