The representative from the United Nations Organisation for Food and Agriculture in Equatorial Guinea (FAO), Olman Serrano, delivered the preliminary data from the First National Oceanographic Campaign, the first pocket guide containing the main marine fish species, and the first census of the craft fishing fleet, to the Ministry for Fishing and Water Resources, Estanislao Don Malavo.
In the meeting which took place at the ministerial headquarters in Malabo II, the presentation and official delivery took place by the FAO of the preliminary results of the First Evaluation Campaign of Marine Fishing Resources in Equatorial Guinea.
These studies, carried out at the end of 2017, were done using the ITAF DEME oceanographic vessel , from the Dakar-Thiaroye Oceanographic Research Centre (CRODT), with the technical support of scientists from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO).
Among the aims of the project, financed by the Equatoguinean Government, were the creation of a database, and the provision of scientific information on the fishing resources in the exclusive economic area of Equatorial Guinea, which covers some 130,000 km�, in order to allow sustainable use, while promoting the development of fishing activities. Through this the intention is to guarantee the supply of local markets with a quality product, reduce dependency, and contribute to the food security of the population.
We are prioritizing the vision of the Head of State and of the Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to transform the fishing sector into one of the main sectors of the national economy, given that the execution of this new project will increase the potential for fishing in territorial waters, cover the existing production deficit, and bring down the price per kilo and export any excess”, underlined Olman Serrano in his speech.
With these positive results, the Government of Equatorial Guinea will have to study and adopt an exploitation management plan for these resources, so that they are used in a sustainable, lasting way by this and future generations, and create income for the State”, added the FAO representative.
Furthermore, the minister Don Malavo praised in advance the work undertaken by the United Nations in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and expressed hope that the relationship would continue to strengthen.
In addition, in relation to the preliminary data, he pointed out that “following the work carried out scientifically, and the gathering of these species for the increase of fishing production, the supply of the markets, and the reduction of prices, it is necessary that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has a national fishing fleet so that the Equatoguinean population can have access to the catch”.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea