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The present document was prepared under Project GCP/INT/730/NOR: “International Cooperation with the Nansen Programme. Fisheries Management and Marine Environment” in cooperation with the FAO Development Law Service as part of the activities scheduled to fulfil the anticipated programme output: “An agreed mechanism for improved regional cooperation in the development and management of the small pelagic fisheries (Northwest Africa Region)”.

In this respect the document was presented as a working document to the “Workshop on the management of shared small pelagic fishery resources in Northwest Africa” which was held in Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, from 30 April to 3 May 2002.

The valuable contributions and comments of Annick van Houtte are acknowledged. Marie-Thérèse Magnan and Birane Samb are also acknowledged for their assistance with the final French editing and layout and for the French editing respectively.


Participants in the Workshop on the Management of Shared Small Pelagic Fishery Resources in Northwest Africa. Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, 30 April - 3 May 2002


FAO Regional Fishery Officers

FAO Fisheries Department

Research Institutes of Fisheries in Mauritania, Morocco, the Gambia and Senegal

Ministery of Fisheries in Mauritania, Morocco, the Gambia and Senegal

Owen, D.

Legal and institutional aspects of management arrangements for shared stocks with reference to small pelagics in Northwest Africa.

FAO Fisheries Circular. No. 988. Rome, FAO. 2003. 258 pp.


The present report, following a short introductory section, continues with three major sections. The first reviews and provides a comparative analysis of 39 international arrangements dealing with matters relating to the management of shared stocks. The analysis compares various aspects ranging from the scope of such arrangements to the institutional settings as well as the decision-making processes. A second section reviews existing multilateral arrangements covering the Northwest Africa region, and in particular arrangements including The Gambia, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal. The aspects of the analyses made in the previous section that would be appropriate for cooperative arrangements among the coastal States of the Northwest African region are identified and options for funding of management arrangements are outlined. The last section of the report draws attention to possible options for cooperative arrangements among the four States listed, and possible themes for such cooperation.

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