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EFCA trains officials from the West of Africa


Officials from West Africa have been trained by EFCA in Vigo on Control and Inspection, in the framework of the cooperation project PESCAO this week. The officials came from Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Mauritania, Ghana, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Benin and Nigeria and were selected in cooperation with our two partner organisations, the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC).

The five-year EU funded PESCAO project, includes a component aiming to improve the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities in Western Africa, contributing to sustainable fisheries management and the reduction of food insecurity in the region.

During the training, the participants had a good overview of the methodologies for inspection and could have a hands-on training in the Port of Vigo and A Pobra do Caramiñal in cooperation with Spanish fisheries control authorities.