Xsealence is increasing, year after year and around the world, the amount of fisheries vessels equipped with the MONICAP™ VMS vessel monitoring equipment, confirming its position as a key global player in this business segment.

By region, Xsealence has strengthened its position in various geographies. In Africa, last year, a contract was signed with the West and Central Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Committee (FCWC, https://fcwc-fish.org/) as part of an International Public Tender for the monitoring and management of fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea. The project main objectives are to mitigate the impacts of illegal fishing in the region and to contribute to the improvement of maintenance of fishery resources, sustainable development, food security and poverty reduction in West Africa.

The West Central Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Committee is a regional fisheries organization comprising six West African countries: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo. The FCWC was created in 2007 to facilitate cooperation in shared fisheries management among member countries.

The system supplied allows, in the first place, the national and regional authorities of the Gulf of Guinea to supervise fishing activities as well as maritime surveillance and control, the definition and compliance with a framework of regional fishing priorities and to strengthen the performance of regional bodies, defining more effectively the role and relations of each organization.  Secondly, it enables the competent national and regional authority to carry out monitoring and control actions that will allow them to limit illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.  Thirdly, to demonstrate the benefit of coordinated approaches to shared fisheries management.

Following this agreement, Xsealence started this year of 2021 the supply of the first set of MONICAP™ equipment, which allows the monitoring and control via satellite of fishing vessels operating in the Gulf of Guinea, within the convention area, enabling the authorities to exercise effective monitoring of the fishing activities developed in that area.

MONICAP™, pioneer and case study in the European Union, took its first steps in 1988 and is a solution for monitoring and controlling fishing activities that resulted from a solid partnership with the Portuguese Fisheries Authorities, where the system has been installed since 1992. This partnership is still maintained today, aiming not only technological and functional improvements, but also legal frameworks for the application of this type of tools.