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Western Africa Network Meeting

14 December 2011 International meeting of the ACP FISH II network in Nouakchott, Mauritania

This meeting, held on 14 December 2011, was dedicated to a conference/debate on the subject of fisheries management, followed by a cocktail reception for participants.  The event was co-chaired by the Director of the DARO Mme. Azza Mint JIDDOU and the Regional Coordinator, M. Alioune Sy.

Two distinguished speakers were invited to make presentations:

  • M. Lionel Kinadjian (Fisheries Management Expert): the importance and application of fisheries management plans in the management of fisheries.
  • M. Lamine Camara (Expert from DARO): The Mauritanian squid fisheries management plan.

The subject covered reflected well the strategic direction of the ACP FISH II Programme, focussed on the improvement of fisheries policies and the promotion of fisheries management plans: two essential priorities in the recovery and the reform of the fisheries sector of West Africa.

There were a total of 78 participants attending this conference and participating in the exchanges, including:

  • 35 representatives of fisheries administrations and regional fisheries bodies involved in the implementation of the ACP FISH II Programme in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cap Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, the Subregional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), and the Fisheries Committee for the West-Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC);
  • representatives from 17 organisations involved in fisheries from the public and private sector in Mauritania;
  • 4 representatives from the ACP FISH II Programme, from the Coordination Unit in Brussels and the West African Regional Facilitation Unit;
  • 21 representatives from the media.

The key points arising from the presentations were: i) the nature and the cause of the problem encountered in fisheries management: ii) how to manage yield from the fisheries sector sustainably; iii) the advantages of an approach by management plan and by fishery; iv) the aspects of the implementation of plans with the example of Mauritania.

In the course of the exchange that followed, all participants recognised the importance of fisheries management plans as a key tool for the management of fisheries allowing for sustainable socio-economic benefits to be gained by countries whilst ensuring the future of their fish stocks.

The quality of the presentations made at this conference as well as the richness of debate were recognised by all participants.