The Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) is an international fisheries agreement between several nations, signed in Rome on 7 July 2006 and entered into force on 21 June 2012.  The objective of the Agreement is to ensure and promote the long-term sustainable conservation and exploitation of fishery resources in the Area through cooperation between Member States. SIOFA includes fishery resources such as fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other sedentary species within the area, but excludes highly migratory and sedentary species subject to the fisheries jurisdiction of coastal States. SIOFA also manages valuable fisheries, including orange, alfonsino and dental fish.  The objective of the South Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) is to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable exploitation of fishery resources in the field of competence through cooperation between the Parties and to sustainably develop fisheries taking into account the needs of developing countries bordering the area of competence, and in particular the least developed among them and small island developments. 1992, 1995, 1995 The European Commission welcomed the results of the meeting, which confirmed that SIOFA will become a fully operational regional fisheries organisation in the course of next year. Well-functioning ORPs are the key to ensuring effective ocean governance. Taipei (CNA) Taiwan joined the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) on July 4, when it first participated as a “participating fishing unit” in a meeting of the agreement`s members, the Fisheries Authority said tuesday. SIOFA is a regional tuna-free fisheries organization (RFMO) that complements the coverage of RFOs in the Indian Ocean.
 SIOFA adjoins the Convention Area of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to the south, the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) Convention Area to the east and the South Atlantic Fisheries Organization (SEAFO) Convention Area to the west.  SIOFA is now promoting a new Executive Secretary whose mission will be to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the SIOFA Secretariat, headquartered in Saint-Denis de La Réunion, Reunion, France. . . .