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Monday, 23 October 2017

The average per capita consumption of fish in Senegal is 26 kg, compared to a world average of 16 kg. This figure demonstrates the importance of the fishing sector in Senegal, and the need to regulate it. In fact, a communiqué from the Institut d’études de sécurité (ISS), distributed by the APS, states that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) costs Senegal 150 billion f CFA.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) signed the new fisheries agreement between the European Union and Sao Tome and Principe, authorising 34 vessels from Spain, France and Portugal to fish in the country’s waters. The new partnership agreement protocol provides fishing opportunities for 28 tuna seiners and six fishing vessels for surface trolling, broken down by vessels from Spain, France and Portugal and was approved by 566 votes in favour, 43 against and 68 abstentions.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Fisheries Minister, Victória de Barros Neto, declared on Saturday that the fisheries sector in Angola not only plays a very important role in the fight against hunger and poverty, but also helps to create jobs. The sector also contributes to the diversification of the national economy, added the minister, during the awards ceremony for participants in the Marine Products International Fair. According to Victória de Barros, fisheries, a very high potential, strategic sector, can be beneficial for the entrepreneurial sector and supply the Angolan population with marine products.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, held a meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Brussels with the new European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica (Croatia). Their discussions focused mainly on the issue of maritime security. Togo will organise in October 2015, under the aegis of the African Union, an international summit on this theme. The countries of the Gulf of Guinea are regularly subject to pirate attacks. But the threat of the various forms of trafficking in drugs and arms also needs to be taken into consideration, since such trafficking funds the activities of terrorists and organised criminal groups.

As part of the continued fight against illegal fishing worldwide, the European Commission (EC) has today warned the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that they risk being identified as non-cooperating countries. The move is part of the EU's drive for a sustainable use of the sea and its resources. Illegal fishing is not only a criminal activity but it also jeopardises the livelihood of fishing communities and depletes fish stocks. European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “Today's decision is about the four countries needing to step up their efforts in fighting illegal fishing.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Marine aquaculture is a new cooperative initiative between Senegal and Morocco designed to offset declining catches, but it is also hoped that it will help boost world production, explained Muguette Bâ, CEO of the National Aquaculture Agency (Agence nationale de l'aquaculture – ANA) in Dakar on Wednesday. “Cooperation in this field is important, because we share the Atlantic fringe and there is potential to be developed, if we pool all our skills to face the challenges and upgrade fish-farming in Africa,” Mr Bâ stated.

This partnership agreement in the field of sustainable fisheries signed between the European Union and the Republic of Senegal, plus the partnership implementation protocol in the sustainable fishery field between the European Union and the Republic of Senegal, will be initialled by Marco PERONACI, Ambassador, Permanent Assistant Representative of the Italian Republic with the European Union, the President of the Committee of Permanent Representatives, and for Senegal, by Mr Oumar GUEYE, Minister for Fisheries and the Maritime Economy.

Monday, 01 December 2014

UK-based fisheries consultancy, MacAlister Elliott and Partners (MEP), is working to develop a long-term plan aimed at boosting economic growth for fisheries in Somalia and Somaliland. MEP is working with federal and regional governments, and backed by public sector investment, to provide strategic research and advice on how best to develop fisheries in the Horn of Africa to help local communities in the unstable region. “MacAlister Elliott and Partners has a long association with Somalia and Somaliland and we are currently using our expertise to help develop a long-term development plan for fisheries in the region,” said Stephen Akester, MEP.

 

The Seychelles President James Michel will be heading to Paris on a short working visit next week, at the invitation of his French counterpart Francois Hollande, State House has announced in a press statement issued this morning. During the visit Michel will hold discussions with Hollande, a meeting which comes just months after they met in the Comoros, together with other regional leaders, during the 4th Summit of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). "This visit... ... is an opportunity for Seychelles and France to strengthen their relations in the fields of Blue Economy, the fight against climate change, tourism, new energy and maritime security," reads the statement.