MissionObjectiveThe purpose of the Committee is to promote the sustainable utilization of the living marine resources within its area of competence by the proper management and development of the fisheries and fishing operations. FunctionsTo this end, the Committee has the following functions and responsibilities:
CECAF area of competence - High seas, National watersSpecies and stocks coverageThe Committee covers all living marine resources within its area of competence. Legal frameworkThe Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) was established in 1967, by Resolution 1/48 adopted by the FAO Council at its Forty-eighth Session held in Rome under Article VI (2) of the FAO Constitution.
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map(s) are for illustration only and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
The Rules of procedure were adopted by CECAF at its First Session held in Accra, Ghana (24-28 March 1969). They were amended in November 1992 and in October 2003.
ftp://ftp.fao.org/FI/DOCUMENT/cecaf/CECAFstatutes_amend_CL124.pdf LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanishinterpretation is provided at the session of the Committee. Organizations involved The Committee is composed of Member Nations and Associate Members of the Organization selected by the Director-General. Such Member Nations and Associate Members of the Organization are selected from among Member Nations and Associate Members of the Organization in Africa whose territory borders the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Spartel to the mouth of the Congo River, and such other Member Nations and Associate Members fishing or carrying out research in the sea area concerned or having some other interest in the fisheries thereof, whose contribution to the work of the Committee the Director-General deems to be essential.
Current membership: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, European Union, France, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Togo, United States of America.StructurePrincipal bodyThe Committee, which is composed of all CECAF member States, is the central body in CECAF. Sessions of the Committee are normally held every two years. Decisions of the Committee are taken by a majority of the votes cast, unless otherwise provided. Each member has one vote. The Scientific Sub-CommitteeThe Committee established a Scientific Sub-Committee in 1998. The main function of the Scientific Sub-Committee is to provide appropriate advice to the Committee for fisheries managing decisions. Working GroupsAt its first meeting in Nigeria, 30-31 October 2000, the Scientific Sub-Committee proposed to establish the following working groups:
CECAF is a member of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network that meets biennially. Activities and meetings CECAF (Eastern Central Atlantic) Capture Production database
This database contains capture production statistics by country or territory, species item, and CECAF statistical division.
CECAF - Committee Sessions
CECAF - Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic - 20th Session (RAF-740-20)
Mar 14-16, 2012
CECAF - Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic - 19th Session (RAF-740-19)
Nov 04-06, 2008
CECAF - Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic - 18th Session (RAF-740-18)
Oct 03-05, 2006
CECAF - Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic - 17th Session (RAF-740-17)
May 24-26, 2004
CECAF - Sub-Committee Sessions
CECAF - Scientific Sub-Committee - 6th Session (RAF-710-6)
Sep 07-09, 2011
CECAF - Scientific Sub-Committee - 5th Session (RAF-710-5)
Dec 04-06, 2007
CECAF - Scientific Sub-Committee - 4th Session (RAF-710-4)
Oct 24-26, 2005
CECAF - Scientific Sub-Committee - 3rd Session
Feb 24-26, 2004
CECAF - Scientific Sub-Committee - 2nd Session
Sep 23-25, 2002
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