The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) in cooperation with Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT) and Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) have release a report on regional cooperation.
This report tells the story of the development and operations of two Regional task forces named : West Africa Task Force and FISH-I-Africa and how they made a difference to stopping illegal fishing.
The report considers what they achieved and what the future holds for these unique examples of regional cooperation. It showcases what worked, lesson learning, and provides a comparative analysis of the two task forces, considering their differences and similarities, and highlighting how these differences shaped the two models.
Commenting on regional cooperation under the West Africa Task Force, Seraphin Dedi Nadje, Secretary General of the FCWC stated that ‘the West Africa Task Force has been instrumental in operationalising regional cooperation in FCWC region towards sharing information to fight IUU fishing. As we develop our RMCSC we build on the solid foundation provided by the WATF processes. Our region is stronger than ever. We appreciate the continuing support of Norad in funding this cooperative mechanism and our partners at Trygg Mat Tracking, Stop Illegal Fishing and the European Union Fisheries Control Agency who are working with us to implement it.’
The report is intended for regional and international policy makers, funding organisations, national agencies and all those interested to understanding better how the regional task force approach can help to stop illegal fishing.
FCWC Communication Officer.