Unlocking the potential
of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

Sao Tome and Principe

Fish is the main source of protein for the people of Sao Tome and Principe, an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea over 200 km off the coast of Gabon. The fisheries sector provides jobs for thousands of people and represents the main important revenue source for low-income families after cocoa.

Fisheries in Sao Tome and Principe is exclusively artisanal and largely focused on small pelagics. The sector offers great potential for growth in terms of production, processing and marketing, but suffers from the country’s relative isolation, a major constraint in accessing export markets.

FISH4ACP aims to advance the processing and quality control standards of small pelagics to create jobs and income opportunities for the island’s overwhelmingly young population. In addition, the species targeted represent a source of affordable and safe animal protein.

FISH4ACP will work to overcome some of the complex challenges of post-harvest infrastructure to comply with national and international health requirements and open the value chain to new export markets, safeguarding aquatic resources for the benefit of communities that rely on them for their livelihoods and food security.