Stop Illegal Fishing honored amongst ‘FCWC pioneers of fisheries cooperation’.

By Stop Illegal Fishing:4th Jan, 2018: West Africa Task Force

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) a booklet recognizing the part played by the Member States as well as significant individuals and organisations who have contributed to the successful establishment of the FCWC as a regional fisheries organisation has been published.

The Honourable Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, Minister Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ghana presented the awards at a ceremony held during the FCWC Ministers Conference in Abuja, Nigeria in December 2017.

Speaking at the ceremony FCWC Secretary General Seraphin Dedi Nadje stated, “Partnership has been at the heart of the success of the FCWC. I would like to offer my warm thanks to all those who have contributed to the development of the FCWC. Together we will continue to pursue the objectives of fisheries cooperation in West Africa.”

Elsa da Gloria Patria, Chairperson of Stop Illegal Fishing, received the award on behalf of the organisation. “SIF has been cooperating with the FCWC since it was founded in 2007. We all know that regional cooperation is one of the best ways of tackling fisheries issues and we are proud to have been part of the FCWC success story.”

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