The five-year EU funded PESCAO project, which includes a component aiming to improve the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities in Western Africa, has kicked off today. The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in cooperation with the Delegations of the European Union in the region, the European Commission (DG MARE and DG DEVCO) and in partnership with the two sub-regional organisations, the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), formally launched the PESCAO project activities in Dakar, Senegal.
The PESCAO project, funded under the European Development Fund (EDF), aims over the coming five years to improve regional fisheries governance in Western Africa. This will include developing a regional fishing policy, putting in place regional coordination against IUU fishing and improving fish stock management at regional level. The EUR 15 million project is one of the many significant commitments to ocean conservation made by the European Union at the 2017 Our Ocean Conference hosted by the EU in Malta.
“The European Fisheries Control Agency is eager to extend its existing cooperation with fisheries control authorities in the European Union Waters to its two African partners in this project. The Agency considers the PESCAO project of cooperation as a game changer aiming at improving sustainability of fisheries resources through improved monitoring, control and surveillance at national and regional levels,” said Pascal Savouret, Executive Director.