In the fisheries sector, regional cooperation is leading to the forging of new markets, improved nutrition, healthier oceans, enhanced Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) and a more powerful global trading voice.

Island jurisdictions face unique challenges, particularly related to policing their sometimes vast exclusive economic zones (EEZs). Moreover, given how pivotal fisheries is to driving GDP growth, generating political buy-in regarding sustainable limits on catches is no simple task. It is, however, vitally important that greater efforts are made in respect of conserving stocks and the optimum utilisation of the resource. Global Island News looks at what more needs to be done to improve levels of compliance, as well as noting flagship achievements to date.