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Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF)


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


Technical and extra-ordinary documents


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

This summary provides the preliminary results, not yet validated by the Scientific Sub-Committee (SSC) of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), of the twentieth meeting of the FAO Working Group on the Assessment of Small Pelagic Fish off Northwest Africa held virtually from 21–25 June 2021 with scientists and participants from the Republic of the Gambia, the European Commission (DG MARE), the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Senegal, and the Kingdom of Spain (also for the Canary Islands) and FAO. The overall objective of the Working Group is to assess the state of the small pelagic resources in Northwest Africa and make recommendations on fisheries management and exploitation options aimed at ensuring optimal and sustainable use of small pelagic fish resources for the benefit of coastal countries. 


During 2020, the ASFA Secretariat supported the CECAF-PESCAO project by compiling an inventory of marine fisheries research produced in nine countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain). A search methodology was agreed with the CECAF project team, with support from the EAF-Nansen Programme to identify relevant marine fisheries research. Further parameters, including publication date and author affiliation, were defined in order to conduct systematic and repeatable searches. In the first stage, online searches were conducted using four sources (ASFA, Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus). The second stage involved searching local and nationally held collections (library catalogues, institutional websites or repositories) to identify further references. The results from these searches were then combined to produce an inventory of 2 411 unique references. A bibliometric analysis was then conducted on the inventory which revealed intensive publishing activity and strong collaboration across the region, however publishing in predatory journals and difficulty in locating grey literature on online sources were areas where further work is needed to ensure research produced in the area reaches a wide audience. A detailed analysis of research published by authors affiliated to Senegalese institutions was conducted which revealed a significant gender imbalance of authors (only 13 percent of authors identified in the study were female). Recommendations included in this report are to expand the inventory and analysis to other CECAF member countries and to take steps to ensure the grey literature produced by authors from the CECAF region is indexed by online sources.


The CECAF-PESCAO Project focuses on improved regional governance of marine resources in the CECAF area, specifically supporting member countries in the application of fisheries management advice, information sharing with fisheries management organizations across the region and contribution to fisheries processes at the sub-regional level.


This information sheet recounts the discussions at a digital preparatory meeting for the CECAF small pelagics assessment Working Group, sub-group North from 22–26 February 2021. Notably, country highlights on the implications of COVID-19 on sub-regional fisheries were discussed. 

Category:Working Group meetings

The FAO/CECAF Working Group on the assessment of demersal resources in the Northern CECAF zone was held in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 2 to 10 December 2019. The general aim of the Working Group is to contribute to the improved management of demersal resources in Northwest Africa through the assessment of the state of the stocks and fisheries in order to ensure a sustainable use of these resources for the benefit of coastal countries. Analysis of fisheries resources are presented under four subgroups: hake, other demersal fish, shrimp, and cephalopods. The 2019 Working Group meeting analyzed a total of 27 stocks and/or groups of species. The meeting was financed by the EAF-Nansen Programme and the European Commission. The meeting was held at the Hotel Wissal in Nouakchott, and was organized with local support from the Institut Mauritanien de Recherches Océanographiques et de Pêches (IMROP).

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