The project aims to combat illegal fishing in the region to improve conservation of fish stocks, sustainable development, food security and poverty reduction in West Africa. The project also works towards to improve regional fisheries governance in West Africa through better coordination of national fisheries policies.

Xsealence and the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) signed this week the contract for the supply of a Regional Fisheries Control, Monitoring and Surveillance Center (MCS), under the European Union funded FCWC-PESCAO project.

The Xsealence system will allow for satellite monitoring and control of fishing fleets operating in the Gulf of Guinea within the convention area, enabling authorities to exercise effective control over the terms of the agreements with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) is a regional fisheries organization with a membership of six West African countries: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo.

FCWC was established in 2007 to facilitate cooperation in fisheries management between the member countries.

The system will allow, in the first place, the authorities of the Gulf of Guinea with competences in the inspection of the fishing activity as well as in the surveillance and maritime control, the definition and fulfillment of a framework of regional fishing priorities and also to reinforce the performance of the regional organizations, defining more effectively the role and relationships of each organization; second, it will enable the competent national and regional authority to be trained to carry out monitoring and control actions that will allow them to limit illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; thirdly, to demonstrate the added value of coordinated approaches to shared fisheries management.

Xsealence’s SeaSight ™ platform, with presence in several countries, was chosen as the best solution in the tender financed by the European Union, through the Fisheries Committee for Western Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), which translated into the provision of an innovative solution for monitoring and control of fishing activities in the Gulf of Guinea area.

Among Xsealence’s systems, one of the most relevant is the fishing activity monitoring system (which includes MONICAP ™ vessel monitoring equipment). This system, a 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 at technological and functional improvements, but also at the legal frameworks for the application of this kind of systems.

The project in the Gulf of Guinea is yet another case of internationalization at Xsealence that has a long history of achievements, presenting itself at the forefront of this technology worldwide.