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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. Total catch of the main small pelagic fish in the subregion increased from around 2.4 million tonnes in 2015, to 2.7 million tonnes in 2016, constituting a 13 percent increase as compared to 2015. Total catch of small pelagic fish for the period 1990–2016 has been fluctuating with an average of around 1.9 millions tonnes while the average for the last five years has been 2.6 million tonnes.

Category:Reports

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.

Category:CECAF/ECAF Series

This document is the final report of the twentieth session of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), which was held in Rabat, Morocco, from 14 to 16 March 2012. Major topics discussed were: i) progress made on the implementation of recommendations of the nineteenth session; ii) main outcomes of the sixth Scientific Sub-Committee (SSC); iii) conclusions and recommendations of the CECAF Performance Review, and iv) report on activities of other projects/programmes and partners in the region.

Category:CECAF/ECAF Series

A permanent FAO/CECAF Working Group composed of scientists from the coastal countries and from those countries or organizations playing an active role in deme rsal fisheries in Central-We st 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. Fo r each of these groups info rmation 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 26 different stocks-units were analysed and the results discussed. The models provided reliable results for 18 of them, of which 14 are overexploited and 4 seem not to be fully exploited. For eight 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, othe r information from fisheries and surveys indicate that many of them are overexploited. The results of the assessments confirm the conclusion reach ed at the last 2007 meeting that most of the stocks assessed are overexploited. A summary of the assessments and management measures is given at the end of this report.