1.  To Provide Regional fora for consultation and cooperation in research and management of fishery resources
2. To coordinate and implement research programmes to support sustainable development and management of  fishery resources in AMSs through:
  a) Monitoring condition and exploitation of the state of fishery resource
b) Providing scientific basis and appropriate guidelines
c) Providing advice on management of fishery resources
3. To Provide expertise in the field of stock assessment and fishery management towards improving the capability of AMSs in sustainable development and management of fishery resources
4. To publish, disseminate and exchange information through:
  a) Regional fora and consultation in research and management
b) Intensification of publications