Implemented through the project “Fisheries Intelligence and MCS (Monitoring, Control and Surveillance) support West Africa” in collaboration with the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), the West Africa Task force (WATF) is a regional working group enabling its Member States that are Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, to act together to end IUU fishing and crimes associated with fishing activities.
Through the project “Fisheries Intelligence and MCS (Monitoring, Control and Surveillance) support West Africa”, the WATF is one of the tools of FCWC meant for the operationalization of the policies adopted in the sub region for an effective governance of fisheries resources in West Africa but also and especially for strengthening the capacity of these Member States in terms of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) for an effective fight against fisheries crimes and IUU fishing in particular.
The regional cooperation promoted by FCWC is presented as the effective solution for the sustainable management of shared resources and in particular for the fight against IUU fishing. Also, FCWC which Member States form the WATF, advocates the sharing of fisheries information and intelligence between national agencies in charge of fisheries as a crucial and decisive approach in the fight against IUU fishing. This inter-agency cooperation, often latent and sometimes non-existent or less exploited in some States, could promote the activities of illegal operators.