Deep Sea Fishing Authority is a Governmental Institution formed in 2010 under the Deep Sea Fishing Authority Act Cap. 388, Deep Sea Fishing Authority Act No. 17 of 2007 (Amendment) and Deep Sea Fishing Authority Regulations of 2009. The Authority was essentially established to ensure that deep sea fishing activities which include areas beyond the twelve (12) nautical miles of the Exclusive economic Zone of the United Republic of Tanzania are managed by single Government entity for both Tanzania mainland and Tanzania Island (Zanzibar).
To promote responsible fisheries that provide economic opportunities while ensuring the conservation of marine living resources by ensuring sustainable use of marine living resources in the deep sea and preventing significant adverse impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystem
To adopt measures necessary to ensure the conservation of target and non target fish species including prevention of significant adverse impact on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem (VMEs).