The Regional Office for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Fisheries Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) have stepped up support to the Fisheries Committee for the Western Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) providing notebooks for fisheries data analysis.
At a COVID-proof ceremony at the FCWC Secretariat in Tema, Ghana, six laptops were provided to the FCWC to support the capture, analysis and reporting of fishery data in Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia , Nigeria and Togo.
Funded by FAO through a Technical Cooperation Program (TCP), the initiative is part of FAO’s broader work with CECAF to help regional institutions better transform fisheries recommendations into policy action and improve policy frameworks. artisanal fishing data in the CECAF region.
“Provision of the devices will help beneficiary countries to capture and analyze catch data on vessels, landing sites and related fishing activities, which will strengthen our understanding of capture fisheries in the region,” Ndiaga Gueye, Senior Officer of FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture and CECAF Secretary, said. “With this knowledge, countries can better monitor illegal fishing and the health of key fish populations,” he said.
FCWC Secretary General Séraphin Dedi welcomed the laptops and the ongoing partnership between FAO, CECAF and FCWC.
Fishing is vital for food security
Fishing is vital to food security and national economies in many African coastal countries. Seafood is the main source of protein for around a quarter of the West African population, and the fisheries sector employs more than seven million people in the region.
CECAF is a statutory body of FAO and was founded in 1967 with the aim of promoting the sustainable use of living marine resources.