Fish Governance and Trade

Fish is one of the leading export commodities for Africa, with an annual export value of 14 billion USD. However, the capacity of many African coastal nations to utilise their coastal and marine assets, while simultaneously protecting them from degradation and exploitation, is lacking. The full economic and social benefits of the fish trade have yet to reach its full potential. Without an adequate governance structure, fisheries and the fish trade will not be adequately safeguarded for the benefit of future generations. The effects of climate change which may modify the habitats, distribution and productivity of marine species is a factor that is becoming of increasing importance. The NEPAD Agency’s two Fisheries Governance and Trade Programmes work to encourage African countries to consider and implement policies and governance reforms aimed at improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Africa's fisheries and the welfare benefits provided by this sector.
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From the combination of heavy fishing pressure by artisanal fleets and by foreign industrial fishing vessels, some of them practicing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, many fish stocks are highly and/or over exploited. West Africa alone is losing 1.3 billion USD due to IUU per year.

Fish is one of the leading export commodities for Africa, with an annual export value of 14 billion USD. However, the capacity of many African coastal nations to utilise their coastal and marine assets, while simultaneously protecting them from degradation and exploitation, is lacking. The full economic and social benefits of the fish trade have yet to reach its full potential. Without an adequate governance structure, fisheries and the fish trade will not be adequately safeguarded for the benefit of future generations. The effects of climate change which may modify the habitats, distribution and productivity of marine species is a factor that is becoming of increasing importance.

The NEPAD Agency’s two Fisheries Governance and Trade Programmes work to encourage African countries to consider and implement policies and governance reforms aimed at improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Africa's fisheries and the welfare benefits provided by this sector.

Key interventions of the programmes are geared at addressing:

  1. Weak Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) resulting in illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing
  2. Low returns from the exploitation of fish resources
  3. Weak and uncoordinated institutions governing the sector
  4. Lack of knowledge and evidence to foster reforms
  5. Untapped potential of small scale fisheries
  6. Undeveloped aquaculture sector in view of the increasing demand for fish products and declining fish stocks in capture fisheries in marine and inland waters on the continent
Results:

•    Through the establishment of Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme, fisheries was mainstreamed into continental agenda with the following results:


    the adoption of the Pan-African Fisheries Policy Framework and Reform Strategy in June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea by the Heads of State and Government of Africa. 
    The establishment of the Conference of Africa Ministers in Charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) as a continental policy organ CAMFA I (Banjul 2010). 
    Establishment of CAMFA as a Secretariat anchored at AU-IBAR (CAMFA II-Malabo 2014) since Malabo. 
    Fisheries and Aquaculture Programme working groups have been established as African Union Fisheries working Group to support the fisheries reform process (CAMFA II).
    “Fisheries” is set as a priority investment area in more than 20 Member States CAADP Compacts.

 

Policy Briefs

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  • 26 Jun 2017

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Email: BettyA@nepad.org

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