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Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF)

Publications

Below are the most recent CECAF publications. Publications are categorized into four types:

Reports

Technical and extra-ordinary documents

CECAF/ECAF Series

Serial publications

Statutory meetings

Regular Committee Meetings and Scientific Sub-Committee meetings

Working group meetings

Small Pelagic North, Small Pelagic South, Demersal Species North, Demersal Species South and Artisanal Fisheries working groups

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Recent documents

Category:Working Group meetings

The fourth meeting of the FAO/CECAF Working Group on the Assessment of Demersal Resources, Subgroup South met in Libreville, Gabon, from 6-15 September 2017. The overall objective of the Group is to contribute to the improvement of the management of demersal resources in Southwest Africa through assessment of the state of the stocks and the fisheries to ensure the best sustainable use of the resources for the benefit of the coastal countries. A total of around 53 stocks were analyzed and when possible assessed by the group. For each of these sections, information is provided on the fisheries, sampling scheme and intensity, biological characteristics, stock identity, trends (catch, effort, biological data and abundance indices), assessment, management recommendations and future research. As for the previous meeting of the Working Group in 2011, trends and quality of the basic data (catch, effort and length frequencies) collected by each country, were one of the main topics of discussion during the 2017 Working Group meeting. The results of the assessments show that some of the stocks analyzed are fully to overexploited, and the Working Group thus recommended that fishing effort should be reduced for the overexploited stocks or not increased for the other stocks, to avoid further decrease. For most of the stocks assessed, the only series of stock abundance indices available were commercial CPUE data series. When possible, recommendations on catch levels are also indicated for each stock. Given that most demersal fisheries in the region are multi specific, an overall reduction in fishing effort is necessary.

Category:Working Group meetings

A permanent FAO/CECAF Working Group composed of scientists from the coastal countries and from those countries or organizations playing an active role in demersal fisheries in Central-West Africa, was created by CECAF in 2000. The first meeting of Subgroup North was organized in Saly, Senegal, from 14 to 23 September 2004. The overall objective of the Group is to contribute to the improvement of the management of demersal resources in Northwest Africa through assessment of the state of stocks and fisheries to ensure the best sustainable use of the resources for the benefit of coastal countries. The study zone for the Working Group is the CECAF zone of the Central-East Atlantic Ocean between Cap Spartel and the south of Senegal. For reasons of heterogeneity, the species and stocks assessed by the Working Group were divided into four groups: hake, other demersal fish, shrimps and cephalopods. For each of these groups information is provided on the fisheries: sampling schemes and sampling intensity, biological characteristics, stock identity, trends (catch, effort, biological data and abundance indices), assessment, management recommendations and future research. Approximately twenty-six different stocks-units were analysed and the results discussed. The models provided reliable results for nineteen of them, of which nine are overexploited, seven are fully exploited, and three are notfully exploited. For seven of the stocks, the results obtained by the models from the available data were not conclusive. Although the model did not give reliable results for these stocks, other information from fisheries and surveys indicate that many of them are overexploited. The results of the assessments confirm the conclusion reached at the last 2010 and 2013 meetings that most of the stocks assessed are overexploited.

Category:Working Group meetings

The seventeenth meeting of the FAO Working Group on the Assessment of Small Pelagic Fish off Northwest Africa was held in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, 22–27 May 2017. The Group assessed the status of the small pelagic resources in Northwest Africa and made projections on the development of the status of the stocks and on future effort and catch levels. The advice for the stocks is in general given in relation to the agreed target and limit reference points (F0.1, B0.1, FMSY, and BMSY) and on the basis of the projections for the next four or five years.

Category:Reports

The FAO Technical Workshop on Deep-sea Fisheries and Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems of the Eastern Central Atlantic took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 November 2016. The meeting was attended by 32 participants who contributed in their individual capacities to the discussions on the subjects of deep-sea fisheries and benthic habitats of the CECAF region. The participants had backgrounds in fisheries management, research, environment, fishing industry, non-governmental organizations, regional organizations, and projects. Invited experts provided case studies and examples of deep-sea fisheries management and processes to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) from the north, western-central and south Atlantic regions. The three-day workshop was organized into two main parts, with 2.5 days dedicated to discussions on deep-sea fisheries, and VMEs in the CECAF area (Part 1), and a half-day session specifically dedicated to awareness raising on sponges (Part 2). The deep-sea fisheries and VME component of the workshop aimed to support the implementation of the FAO International Guidelines on the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas (adopted 2008) in the region, and to increase knowledge and share experiences of the importance of addressing potential impacts from deep-sea bottom contact fisheries on VMEs. Overviews were provided on current global and regional instruments, processes and practices for the management of deep-sea fisheries and protection of VMEs, and their relevance to the CECAF region discussed. Deep-sea fisheries in EEZs and ABNJ were characterized and current available information on benthic habitats were reviewed. This component of the workshop resulted in a suite of advice and recommendations for the CECAF Scientific Sub-Committee to consider for recommendations to the next Committee meeting. The Sponges component of the workshop addressed the objectives of Work Package 8.2 of the SponGES project “Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation”, which aims to promote and facilitate dialogue and knowledge transfer between scientists, managers, policy-makers, and stakeholders from the Atlantic region on SponGES, through round-table dialogues. 

Category:Working Group meetings

The sixteenth meeting of the FAO Working Group on the Assessment of Small Pelagic Fish off Northwest Africa was held in Dakar, Senegal from 23 to 28 May 2016. The Group assessed the status of the small pelagic resources in Northwest Africa and made projections on the development of the status of the stocks and on future effort and catch levels. The advice for the stocks is in general given in relation to the agreed target and limit reference points (F0.1, B0.1, FMSY, and BMSY) and on the basis of the projections for the next four or five years. The structure of the report is in general the same as that of the previous Working Group reports (FAO, 2002–2015), but includes added information on the small pelagic fisheries in the Canary Islands. A separate section is devoted to each of the main groups of species (sardine, sardinella, horse mackerel, chub mackerel, bonga and anchovy). For each of these, standardized information is given on stock identity, fisheries, abundance indices, sampling intensity, biological data, assessment, projections, management recommendations and future research. Additional information on the different analysis and choices made by the Working Group has been included, when this was deemed necessary.

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