Press release :Reinforcing the fight against IUU fishing in Senegal through improved fisheries governance and transparency

Dakar, 10 May 2021. The Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy of Senegal, through the Directorate of Fisheries Protection and Monitoring (DSP) and in collaboration with the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in West Africa (PRCM) as well as with such partners as Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT), is committed to work under the project “Fisheries Governance in Senegal (GPS)”.

The GPS project will be financed by the Oceans 5 Foundation over a three-year period in the amount of US $ 1,163,944, representing more than CFA 645 million. Its goal is to effectively and sustainably increase the capacity of Senegal to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries (IUU), including through enhancing transparency in the fishery sector, the enforcement of fishery legislation and capacity building for stakeholders in Senegal.

The official launch of the project will take place on Thursday 27 May 2021 at TERROU-BI Hotel in Dakar, Senegal in the presence of the Minister of Fisheries, Honourable Alioune NDOYE, the PRCM Executive Director, Dr Ahmed Senhoury, the representatives of national and international partner organisations, Members of Parliament, civil society organisations, research centres, national NGOs, and the national and international press.

The project is designed to supplement the efforts that the Government has already initiated by putting in place a number of measures to regulate access to fishery resources and deal with illegal fishing in a transparent manner, with a special focus on the need to involve relevant stakeholders in fishery management.

Studies carried out as part of fishery management, however, have shown that most of demersal and pelagic stocks are subject to full exploitation, indeed overexploitation in a context characterised by a rise in the global demand for fishery products.

« The issue of the good governance of fishery resources is of a paramount concern to the Government. The Head of State has established it as a priority and pledged strong commitments in this regard. It is now time to fast-track those commitments. That is why the Ministry of Fisheries is involved in this project, because fisheries is the number one sector of our country’s national economy”, underscored Navy Captain Mamadou Ndiaye, Director of Fisheries Protection and Monitoring (DPSP).

The fishery sector is facing an array of constraints in Senegal, although it is significant for the economy of the country and the region at large. Indeed, because of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, Senegal reported a loss of US $ 300 million in 2012, representing 3.2% of its GDP[1].

Efforts to be made as part of this project will therefore contribute to producing a long term impact, i.e. reducing IUU fishing opportunities, fighting the illegal trade in fishery products in Senegal, and promoting sustainable fishing not only in Senegal but also across member countries of the Sub-Regional Fishery Commission (SRFC).

As explained by the PRCM Director, Dr Ahmed Senhoury, “This will be specifically about building the capacities of stakeholders, including those communities that live on fishing, through training and advocacy activities, to ensure that they are effectively involved in fishery management bodies”.

Also important in this regard will be the sharing of information on fishing management, especially with respect to fishing agreements, licenses and authorisations. Actually, this condition has to be met for Senegal to complete its compliance with the standards of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).

 

About the PRCM

The Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation is a coalition of stakeholders working on coastal issues in West Africa that covers seven countries, being Cabo Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The Partnership’s mission is to promote the conservation of the West Africa’s coastal and marine area.

Find out more at :  http://www.prcmarine.org/fr

About TMT

TMT is a non-profit making organisation based in Norway, with offices in Ghana, Hong-Kong and the United Kingdom. It identifies, reviews and analyses fishing operations and related crimes. The organisation also provides capacity building and analytical support services to state-owned agencies and civil society organisations (CSOs).

Find out more at : https://www.tm-tracking.org/

About EJF

EJF is a charity based in the United Kingdom, with representation offices in West Africa, Asia and the European Union. EJF works around the world to safeguard the health of oceans, natural habitats, the environment and the communities who depend on them for their basic needs and livelihoods.

Find out more at : https://ejfoundation.org/

About Oceans 5

Oceans 5 is an organisation comprised of donors who provide collaborative grants for the purpose of oceans conservation. It supports those initiatives designed to put an end to overfishing, create marine protected areas and combat IUU fishing through projects whose outcomes, owing to their influence on policies, sustainably increase stakeholders’ leadership and implementation capacities.

 

Find out more at: https://www.oceans5.org/

Press contact:

Cyrille Mbangué, PRCM Communications Officer

Email: mbangue@prcmarine.org ; Tel : +221 77 106 64 42

Talibouya Aidara, DPSP Communications Officer

Email: aidara.or.t@gmail.com ; Tel : +221 77 515 26 26

[1] Ministry of Fishing and Maritime Economy, Sectoral Review, 2017