The Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (COMHAFAT) at its sixth meeting in Rabat, Morocco, July 2005, made a request to FAO to assess the possibility of establishing a sub-regional committee of fisheries in the west central part of the Gulf of Guinea.
Pursuant to this request, FAO has produced a feasibility study in March 2006. This study was reviewed by the directors of fisheries of the six countries concerned at a meeting held in Cotonou, Benin, 12 to 13 April 2006. Which approved the project to establish a sub-regional committee of fisheries, called the Committee of Fisheries for the West Central of the Gulf of Guinea (FCWC).
In July 2006, a ministerial meeting was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to accept the proposals of the Heads of Fisheries meeting. The Ministers signed the Declaration of July 2006, establishing the Committee.
The Committee shall promote cooperation among the Contracting Parties with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilization of the living marine resources covered by the Convention and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on such resources.
We, as a Committee, will pursue one over-arching goal, five(5)strategic technical goals/objectives and one strategic functional goal that relate to specific focus areas during the ten-year projection period.
Our Overarching Goal is “To ensure the sustainable development of the fisheries resources in the FCWC Convention Area”
Our Strategic Goals/Objectives are:
To achieve the objectives, the Committee shall have the function and responsibility to:
The Fishery Committee of the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) was established in July 2006 at the Ministerial Meeting in Abidjan. The Meeting issued a declaration to endorse the establishment of the Committee and approve the hosting of the Secretariat in Tema, Ghana.
A legal framework gradually consolidated:
The Committee activities shall apply to all marine waters under national jurisdiction of the Contracting Parties as well as to all living marine resources, without prejudice to the management responsibilities and authorities of other competent fisheries management organizations or arrangements in the area.