As part of the implementation of the PESCAO program "Improving Fisheries Governance in West Africa" funded by the European Union, the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) organized, from January 31 to February 4 2019, a joint sub-regional fisheries monitoring operation called "Operation Alexandre Baptista" which brought together Cabo Verde, Mauritania and Senegal.
Each of the participating Member States had deployed a deep-sea patrol vessel. The coordination position of the operation, which was located in the Directorate of Fisheries Protection and Surveillance of Senegal, was facilitated by the Structural Operations Officers. MCS.
Cabo Verde and Senegal also had to exchange fishery inspectors to share their experiences in inspection and control of fishing vessels.
As part of the technical assistance provided to the SRFC by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), an AECP MCS expert was involved in the facilitation of the coordination position of the operation through the provision of satellite images which, correlated with the VMS data of the Member States, had made it easier to guide patrollers deployed at sea.
In addition, as part of capacity building for fisheries inspectors from SRFC member states, an expert from AECP had boarded the Cabo Verde patrol boat.
The operation "Alexandre Baptista" allowed the inspection of 31 fishing vessels of which 07 were arrested for various offenses. The files of boarded vessels are being investigated by the competent national structures of the Member States concerned.
Joint Monitoring Operation "Alexandre Baptista"