The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) is a specialized institution of the East African Community (EAC) whose mandate is to coordinate the management and development of fisheries and aquaculture resources in the EAC region.
A Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization, which was held in Kisumu, Kenya, on 30 June 1994, adopted the Convention for the Establishment of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO). The Convention was registered with the Secretariat of the United Nations on 30 July 1996 under registration number 32987.
At its 9th Session held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 29 January 2016, the Council of Ministers of the LVFO adopted amendments to the Convention with a view to, inter alia, opening membership to all Partner States of the East African Community, and extending the competence of the LVFO to the fisheries and aquaculture resources of the East African Community water bodies. The amendments entered into force thirty days after their adoption, that is, on 28 February 2016 and the Republic of Burundi officially acceded to the convention on 4th October 2017.
“A Competitive and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry in the East African Community”.
Its Mission is “To promote Sustainable Management and Development of Fisheries and aquaculture in the East African Community for Food Security and Wealth creation”.
The Objectives of LVFO is to foster co-operation among the Partner States, harmonise national measures for the sustainable utilisation of the fisheries and aquaculture resources of the East African Community water bodies, and to develop and adopt conservation and management measures.