FairFishing was established in 2011 by a group of  hands on practioners from the private sector, marine, and international specialists, and the Somali diaspora.

The ultimate mission of FairFishing is to contribute to the development of the fishery sector in the Horn of Africa in a sustainable manner in order to to develop the private sector involved in the fishery value chain, develop new sources of income aimed at poverty reduction, thereby promoting economic growth.

The core competency of the organisation is fishery know-how, coupled with “doing” CSR in practice. The approach is informed by testing activities in the field and then scaling up. There is strong local ownership – with the partners of the station managing the operations.

The FairFishing Board makes decisions in relation to strategy, management, finance and administration to the FairFishing:

  • Chairman Claus Bindslev, Strategic advisor and CEO at Bindslev A/S
  • Vice-Chairman Nils Wang, Rear Admiral, Director Naval Team Denmark
  • Board Member Mahad Farah Aden, Internal auditor in the Danish National Bank
  • Board Member Knud Vilby, International development expert, editor, writer and journalist
  • Board Member Said Hussein, Secretary General of the Somali Diaspora Organisation
  • Board member Elsebeth Krogh, Department Director, Danish Institute of Human Rights
  • Board member Toyah Hunting, Former Head of Partnerships and Communication at FairFishing
  • Board member Per Gullestrup, ship owner

In between board meetings, the Presidency composed of the Chair and two Vice Chairman makes decisions.

The FairFishing Secretariat deals with all aspects of project management, advocacy and administration tasks, as well as strategy, finance, administration and communication. It is the the primary point of contact for the team in the Horn of Africa, which includes the Project Manager, fishery specialist Kurt Bertelsen Christensen. He has the overall responsibility for fishing-related activities in Berbera and works in close cooperation with the local management teams in the Horn of Africa.


A Partner Supply Unit (PSU) that offers partners the possibility to purchase new types of fishing equipment as well as electronic equipment has been established. The PSU also has a net production unit employing 25 % women.