The Southern Indian Ocean Deepsea Fishers Association was formed in 2006 by the four companies that were active in the deep-sea high-seas fisheries of the Southern Indian Ocean at the time, and is registered under the Incorporated Societies Act of the Cook Islands. The objectives of the Association included the promotion of responsible management of the deepwater fishery resources of the SIO to ensure sustained harvests to the benefit of mankind while conserving biodiversity, especially deepwater benthos in the area of the fishery and associated and dependent species. In 2015, the initial president of SIODFA resigned and in 2016, Mr Brian Flanagan, Orafco Ltd, Cape Town was elected the 2nd president of SIODFA.
SIODFA’s administration is as follows:
GM Orafco Ltd.
Nelson, New Zealand
Dr Ross Shotton
The activities of SIODFA are entirely financed by its members.
The original members of SIODFA were:
• Austral Fisheries (Pty) Ltd, Perth, Australia
• B&S International Ltd, Port Louis, Mauritius
• ORAFCO Limited, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands and
• United Frame Investments (Cook Islands) Ltd, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
All of the Association’s members have been fishing in this area since 2000; some started their fishing operations in the area as early as 1996. B&S International Ltd ceased fishing operations in the SIO in 2011 andin the same year Kanai Fisheries Co. Ltd., Hokkaido, Japan was granted probationary status.
In 2015 Kanai Fisheries Co. Ltd. sold the operations of thier vessel, the F.V. Tomi Maru No. 58 to Kato Gyogo Ltd, Shigama City, Myagi, Japan.They will rename this vessel, one of the pioneers in the SIO fisheries, the F.V. Fukuyoshi Maru No. 58. Kato Gyogo Ltd completed their probabionary status in February 2016 are are now full members of SIODFA.
Austral Fisheries past association with Pescanova of Spain has been replaced by a new partnership with the Taiyo Fishing Company of Japan. ORAFCO’s head office is in Jersey, U.K. and they too have an association with Taiyo Fishing Company of Japan. United Frame Investments is a subsidiary of Sealord Group, New Zealand and have an association with the Nissui Suisan Company of Japan.
SIODFA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to cooperate in investigating, developing and promoting appropriate means of deep-sea resources management, including mitigation of adverse impact of fishing activities on the marine environment and non-targeted species, based on the FAO Code of Conduct for the management of deep-sea fisheries in the high seas; to exchange views and work together for sustainable development of fisheries using e.g., Benthic Protected Areas and an Ecosystem Approach; and to develop and reinforce communication partnerships and links between the marine environment and those involved in these fisheries.
SIODFA is an accredited observer to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) and has participated in all of its general meetings and the first meeting of the Scientific Committee of SIOFA, held in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Represents the interests of deep-sea fishing operators of the southern Indian Ocean by promoting responsible management of the fisheries of the SIO and the conservation of deep-sea biodiversity.