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The Regional Fisheries Commission for the Gulf of Guinea (COREP) is an Intergovernmental organization and a specialized institution of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS; in French: CEEAC). This regional fisheries advisory body is responsible for coordinating, harmonizing and promoting aquaculture and the development of the exploitation of fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the internal waters of Member States. COREP also assesses the fisheries in the region covered by the Convention, gathers all data referring to fishing resources and coordinates the fishery policies of the Member States in the region.


COREP assists Member States in the protection and development of sustainable fishery resources as well as promoting the development of aquaculture, with a view to maximize the potential of aquatic resources and guarantee the well-being of the population. COREP works for Member States in:

  • Harmonizing fisheries policies;
  • Promoting active cooperation in fisheries development and management;
  • Promoting favourable treatment to fishing vessels from flag Member States;
  • Encouraging the establishment of joint fishing enterprises among Member States;
  • Preserving and protecting aquatic ecosystems, both in maritime and inland waters;
  • Coordinating research and training programs in fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Assessment of resources in waters under the sovereignty or jurisdiction of Member States;
  • Processing, analysing  and making available to Member States Parties scientific and technical data in fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Involving landlocked States in the conservation and management of fishery resources in the Gulf of Guinea;
  • Promoting sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in areas under the jurisdiction of Member States;
  • Promoting sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in transboundary aquatic ecosystems;
  • Establishing an effective legal and administrative framework at local, national and regional levels for the conservation of fishery resources and the management of fisheries.

-10 December 1982 (Montego Bay, Jamaica): The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) led to the creation of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), therefore increasing marine  areas of coastal States which, as a result, are called upon to manage marine and inland water resources. COREP countries were inspired by UNCLOS to create a sub-regional consultation and cooperation tool for the sustainable management of fisheries.

-18-21 November 1983 (Libreville): The Conference of Ministers in charge of Fisheries of the Coastal States of the Gulf of Guinea met in Libreville (Gabon) and agreed to constitute an ad hoc Commission responsible for drawing up the Statute of a Regional Consultative Committee for Fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea.

-16 May-21 June 1984 (Libreville, Gabon): the meeting of the ad hoc committee adopted the draft convention relating to the development of fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea, which was signed on 21 June.

-1985-1988: the Convention was ratified by the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and and Sao Tome and Principe.

-2003: Cameroon ratified the Convention.

-2004: Member States amended the Convention to create new organs (the Technical Committee and the Scientific Sub-Committee) to enlarge the competences of the Organization to inland fisheries and aquaculture. They also decided to replace the name “Regional Commission of Fisheries of Gulf of Guinea” by  “Regional Fisheries Commission for the Gulf of Guinea”.

-2007: COREP becomes a specialized Organization within the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) through Decision N°24/CEEAC/CCEG/XIII/07 at the 13th session of the Convention.

-2017: Angola ratifies the Convention.

Legal framework Area of competence

Marine fisheries, inland fisheries and aquaculture of member States. The area of competence in numbers:

- Length of coastline: 3,693 km
- Area of the continental shelf: 150,560 Km²
- Area of EEZs: 1,374,300 Km²

COREP area of competence - National waters, Inland waters
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries. Dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.
Species and stocks coverage All living resources within the area of competence. LanguagesFrench, Portuguese, Spanish. Members

Member: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe.

Observers: Angola, Equatorial Guinea.


The Statutory Bodies of the Commission are the following:

  • The Council of Ministers: it is the governing body
  • The Technical Committee: it provides advice on scientific and technical issues to the Council of Ministers;
  • The Scientific Sub-Committee: it provides scientific and technical advice to the Technical Committee and the Secretariat;
  • The Secretariat: It implements the decisions of the Council of Ministers. It is represented by the Executive Secretary. The divisions of the Secretariat are: (i) The Department of Fisheries Development and Programming; (ii) the Human Resources, Financial and Logistics Department; and the Training and Research Department.

EIMS Publications Database Social network Web sources


Emile ESSEMA (Executive Secretary)

4th floor of Fisheries Research Institute Building, Community 2. P.O. Box BT 62 Tema, Gabon

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Email: Executive Secretary

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +241- 01 74 16 31 / +241 07 10 50 63

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