Who does what in our waters?

In the field of fisheries and aquaculture alone, more than forty institutions overlap on the African continent, with generally laudable intentions, but problematic efficiency. Their anchorage and rationalisation were the topic of a four-days cogitation, at the end of October in Rabat, on the occasion of the fifth general assembly of APRIFAAS (African Platform for Regional Institutions in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Systems). The meeting was hosted by the Ministerial Conference for Fisheries Cooperation among African States bordering the Atlantic Ocean (ATLAFCO), which has held the presidency of the platform since April 2022.

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West Africa is Losing $3.3 Billion Annually

The cost to Africans for IUU fishing in Africa’s coastal waters is astronomical. Sub-Saharan countries in western Africa are losing a significant portion of their GDP to IUU fishing. Researchers estimate that sub-Saharan countries in West Africa are losing between $2.3 and $3.3 billion annually to IUU fishing, not including the value-add of the catch, while a minimal amount of $13 million is recovered through the  Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) system.

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