A newly launched web-based regional platform is expected to make dealing with issues of Illegal fishing, piracy attacks and drug trafficking in the Indian Ocean more efficient and prompt. The Indian Ocean Regional Information Sharing (IORIS) and the Incident Management network was launched on Tuesday at the Eden Bleu Hotel, on the eastern coast of Seychelles’ main island. The platform developed under the European Union Critical Maritime Routes Indian Ocean (EU CRIMARIO) project will enable information sharing between member countries. The component manager for information sharing at EU CRIMARIO, David Nattrass, said that the platform expresses the cooperative approach that has been developed by the EU to “address piracy and new maritime security challenges faced by the Indian Ocean littoral states such as drugs, illegal fishing, and piracy attacks.” The platform will be managed by Seychelles and Madagascar, the 2 regional centres designated under the Indian Ocean Commission. (…)