Delegation of the European Union to Colombia

Improved Regional Fisheries Governance in Western Africa (PESCAO)

07/01/2019 - 14:30
Regional overview

The overall objective of PESCAO is to enhance the contribution of fisheries resources to sustainable development, food security and poverty alleviation in West Africa. The specific objective is to improve regional fisheries governance in Western Africa through better coordination of national fisheries policies.


Expected Results: 

  • Result 1: A Western African fisheries and aquaculture policy is developed and coordination of regional stakeholders is improved;
  • Result 2: Prevention of and responses to IUU fishing are strengthened through improved Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) at national and regional level;
  • Result 3: Marine resources management at the regional level is improved, building resilience of marine and coastal ecosystems to perturbations.  

State of Play: 

  • FA signed in Brussels at COS in June 2017; 

Nigeria components: 

  • Result 1: Contracting phase – the service contract for the Technical Assistance to ECOWAS is expected to be signed in July;
  • Result 3: The Call for proposals was published on 10 January 2018 and the evaluation of full applications is expected to be finalised in July;  

Ghana and Senegal component:

Some activities have started with FCWC (Fishery Committee of the West Central Gulf of Guinea) and SRFC (Sub regional Fisheries Commission) in collaboration with EFCA (European Fisheries Control Agency). 



Source of funds: 11th EDF (CRIS ref: 2015/038-922)

EU Contribution (EUR): 15 M

Implementing Agencies:  ECOWAS/PMU; SRFC (Senegal), FCWC (Ghana), EFCA (Senegal)

Implementation period:  4 years (starting late 2017)

Geographical region: West Africa

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