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from: 1 Nov 2023
to: 10 Nov 2023

Lome - Togo

CECAF Working Group on the Assessment of Small Pelagic Fish – Subgroup South / Groupe de travail COPACE sur l’évaluation des petits poissons pélagiques – Sous-groupe Sud

CECAF Small Pelagic South Working Group

1-10 November 2023 | Lome, Togo

Scientists meet to:

  • Refresh pelagic fishery data
  • Evaluate stock statuses
  • Set recommendations for stock management

Access the previous report: Report of the FAO/CECAF Working Group on the Assessment of Small Pelagic Fish – Subgroup South. Elmina,Ghana, 12-20 September 2018. 

Le Groupe de travail sur les petits pélagiques du Sud

1-10 Novembre 2023 | Lomé, Togo

Les scientifiques se réunissent pour :

  • Mettre à jour les données sur la pêche pélagique
  • Évaluer l'état des stocks
  • Établir des recommandations

Accédez au rapport précédent : Rapport du Groupe de travail FAO/COPACE sur l’évaluation des petits poissons pélagiques – Sous-groupe Sud. Elmina, Ghana, 12-20 septembre 2018. 



from: 11 Jul 2023
to: 14 Jul 2023

Monrovia - Liberia

CECAF 23rd Committee


Twenty-Third Session

Monrovia, Liberia, 11-14 July 2023

"Toward practical solutions to strengthen fisheries management and sustainability in CECAF region"


Harbel, Liberia - The sustainable management of marine fisheries resources is a pressing concern for countries seeking to ensure the long-term viability of these resources for the communities that depend on them.

In pursuit of practical solutions, delegates from nearly 20 countries, who are members of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), have convened in Liberia at the 23rd Committee Session, jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) of Liberia at the Farmington Hotel from the 11 to 14 July 2023.

Meeting Documents:

Press release


from: 5 Jun 2023
to: 7 Jun 2023

Dakar - Senegal

CECAF 7th Artisanal Working Group

CECAF Artisanal Working Group - 5-7 June 2023. Dakar, Senegal.

DAKAR – As part of FAO’s ongoing efforts to build a more collaborative and sustainable small-scale fisheries sector, the FAO FisheryCommittee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) held its 7th Artisanal Fisheries Working Group (AFWG) meeting in Dakar, Senegal in June with the aim of strengthening collaboration and governance of small-scale, or artisanal, fisheries.

Main Outcomes of the 7th AFWG

While closing the 7th AFWG, The Secretary of CECAF and FAO Senior Fisheries Officer, urged representatives to improve regional partnerships to better share experiences, challenges, and innovative ideas for the improvement of artisanal fisheries knowledge.


The 7th AFWG meeting resulted in the following recommendations:


  1. Using an FAO characterization matrix, a practical characterization of marine small-scale fisheries in the CECAF region will be pursued across CECAF coastal member countries;
  2. With a refined list of priority indicators, the working group will, with support from the FAO CECAF Secretariat, trial and submit preliminary artisanal fisheries data heading into the next AFWG;
  3. Pursue the three policy and three research priorities set by the AFWG to address the fish-based feed industry developments in the CECAF region;
  4. Implement the revised AFWG workplan.


The outcomes and recommendations of the 7th AFWG for small-scale fisheries in the region will be presented to the CECAF 23rd Committee 11-14 July 2023 in Monrovia, Liberia. The CECAF Committee meets bi-annually to endorse recommendations of the various CECAF Working Groups and the Scientific Sub-Committee.


Past Documents:



from: 2 Jan 2023
to: 31 Dec 2024

Africa Regional, Various. - Ghana

CECAF Events 2023 - 2024

This information provides an overview on planned CECAF events. Ces informations donnent un aperçu des événements prévus par la COPACE.


Please note that events are subject to changes /  Veuillez noter que les événements sont susceptibles d'être modifiés.




  • 7th Artisanal Working Group - 5-7 June 2023. Dakar, Senegal.
  • 23rd CECAF Committee - 11-14 July 2023. Monrovia, Liberia 
  • Small Pelagics Working Group Sub-group North - 24-28 July 2023. Tenerife, Spain.
  • Small Pelagics Working Group sub-group South - 1-10 November 2023. Lome, Togo. 


  • Small Pelagics Working Group Sub-group North - June/July 2024. Nouakchott, Mauritania.
  • Demersal Species Working Group sub-group North - 4-12 June 2024, Venue to be confirmed, Morocco.*
  • Demersal Species Working Group sub-group South - 1-10 September 2024. Venue to be confirmed, Cameroon.*

NB: Dates and venue subject to changes.

* Status Pending


from: 5 Dec 2022
to: 9 Dec 2022

Nouakchott - Mauritania

Ninth Session of the Fishery Committee For The Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) Scientific Sub-Committee

The Fishery Committee for the Central and Eastern Atlantic (CECAF) Secretariat held its 9th Scientific Sub-Committee meeting to promote science-based fisheries management in the region.

38 participants representing 21 CECAF member countries and regional organizations convened for the 9th CECAF Scientific Sub-Committee (SSC) Session in Nouakchott, Mauritania, to discuss the outcomes of the CECAF working groups on demersal and small pelagic resources and approve the fisheries management advice provided.

The SSC is part of CECAF’s framework to provide appropriate science-based advice to the Committee for fisheries management decisions across the region.

Meeting documents:
Press release:


Le Secrétariat du Comité des pêches pour l'Atlantique central et oriental (COPACE) a tenu sa 9ème réunion du sous-comité scientifique afin de promouvoir une gestion des pêches basée sur la science dans la région.

38 participants représentant 21 pays membres du COPACE et des organisations régionales se sont réunis pour la 9ème session du Sous-comité scientifique (SCS) du COPACE à Nouakchott, en Mauritanie, pour discuter des résultats des groupes de travail du COPACE sur les ressources démersales et les petits pélagiques et approuver les avis de gestion des pêches fournis.

Le SCS fait partie du cadre de la COPACE pour fournir des avis scientifiques appropriés au Comité pour les décisions de gestion des pêches dans toute la région.

Documents de la réunion :
Communiqué de presse :


from: 21 Jun 2021
to: 25 Jun 2021

Virtual - Location of the Chair: Nouakchott - Mauritania

Preparatory Meeting - CECAF Small Pelagic North Working Group 2021

Due to the current situation related to COVID-19, the meeting of the CECAF Working Group on the Assessment of Small Pelagics-Northern Subgroup could not take place in June 2020 as planned. This situation disrupted the exchange of data and the updating of the time series and other types of information by species subgroups, for the year 2019. Under normal circumstances, the assessment results of the annual meetings of this Working Group provide scientific information on the status of shared stocks intended for managers and scientific communities. Thus, it was decided to hold two meetings of this Working Group in 2021: the first to prepare the data until 2019 and 2020 (in February), and the second to perform the stock assessments and produce the Working Group report.


from: 2 Dec 2020
to: 10 Dec 2020

Nouakchott - Mauritania

Working Group on the Assessment of Demersal Resources – Subgroup North

The Working Group on the Assessment of Demersal Resources – Subgroup North was held in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 2 to 10 December 2019. 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 the stocks and the fisheries to ensure the best sustainable use of the resources for the benefit of the coastal countries. In all, 19 researchers from five different countries participated in the meeting, along with FAO. FAO wishes to thank the participants of the Working Group who contributed towards this report, the meeting host in Mauritania: Institut Mauritanien de Recherches Océanographiques et de Pêches (IMROP), and the financial support of the European Commission.


from: 1 Oct 2019
to: 3 Oct 2019

Accra - Ghana

6th Artisanal Fisheries Working Group

The overall objective of the 6th Artisanal Fisheries Working Group is to improve regional artisanal fisheries knowledge of CECAF Member Countries. The Working Group was organized by FAO headquarters, in close collaboration with the FAO Regional Office for Africa. The sixth session had significant results that will help to revitalize the working group. To this end, the participants discussed the various proposals on issues related to the indicators and data collection methods, the definition and characterization of small-scale fisheries as well as the priority studies to be conducted. On all these aspects, the working group has come to considerable achievements. The progress of the Action Plan was also assessed and recommendations for the continuation of the planned activities were made.


from: 17 Sep 2019
to: 19 Sep 2019

Libreville - Gabon

CECAF - Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic - 22nd Session

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