Illegal fishing: UN boosts Nigeria, others’ security measures

Following the growing illegal fishing business on Nigerian and other West Africa countries’ water, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)’s Regional Office for Africa and the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) have stepped up support to the Fishery Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) by providing laptops for fisheries data analysis. At a COVID-safe ceremony at the FCWC Secretariat in Tema, Ghana, six laptops were provided to the FCWC to support the capture, analysis and reporting on fisheries data in Nigeria and five other countries.

IUU fishing image via UN

They include Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Togo. Funded by FAO through a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), the initiative is part of FAO’s broader work with CECAF to support regional institutions to better transform fisheries recommendations into policy action and to improve artisanal fisheries’ data frameworks across the CECAF region.

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