AU-IBAR in collaboration with the NPCA conducted a workshop on enhancing regional capacity in fisheries observer and fishing vessel register programmes as cost-effective tools for strengthening Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) systems for sustainable combat of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fisheries in Africa coastal states’ Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and Adjacent Waters, on the 7-9 February 2018, Mombasa, Kenya.
The Secretary General of the FCWC, Mr Seraphin Dedi attended the workshop to further the organization’s objectives of strengthening sub-regional cooperation in MCS including the fisheries observers and fishing vessel register programme development both at national and regional levels.
“The theme that the Member States of the FCWC agreed upon for this year 2018, is Investing for Growth and Sustainability development of Fisheries in West Africa. A key first step toward that is the investment in the capacity of member states to have full control of fishing activities and fishing efforts at low and effective cost, are enough reasons, for my attendance to this workshop in Mombasa” Mr Dedi said.
The ATLFACO in addition to the AU-IBAR initiative has in recent years conducted a feasibility study on development of observers programmes covering the East Atlantic region of Africa. It is hoped that these initiatives will help to definitively boost and strengthen regional observer and regional fishing vessel register programmes in the FCWC sub region.