Mauritania: a national coalition for transparency in the governance of small pelagic fishery

A national workshop on establishing a national coalition and identifying advocacy initiatives for transparency in the governance of small pelagic fishery took place in Mauritania from 2nd to 4th May 2019 The capital city of Mauritania, Nouakchott, was the venue of a national workshop on the creation of a national coalition and the formulation of advocacy initiatives for transparency in the governance of small pelagic fishery, that took place on 2-4 May 2019 at the Head Office of the National Federation of Fisheries (FNP).

The workshop was organised by the West Africa Association for the development of artisanal fishing (ADEPA), in collaboration with the Nouakchott co-management committee, the FNP and the Mauritanie 2000 NGO, and aimed at further engaging the civil society in advocacy work for transparency in fishery governance and small pelagic management. With more than twenty representatives of organisations and networks of professional artisanal fishing organisations in attendance, the workshop came within the framework of the action plan for the sustainable management of small pelagic species and their critical habitats, financed by the MAVA Foundation and implemented by the PRCM.

Among other things, the workshop provided an opportunity to present and share the findings of the study on the “state of play of transparency in the governance of small pelagic species in Mauritania”, identify at least one advocacy initiative, and establish in Mauritania a national coalition to lead advocacy actions for transparency in the management of small pelagic species as well as define its operational procedures.

Taking the floor during the exchange of views, the Executive Secretary of ADEPA, Mr. Moussa MBENGUE, observed that enhancing transparency was a prerequisite to an improved governance of the fishery sector. Hence the need for the government of Mauritania to maintain efforts in promoting transparency in the sector, in compliance with the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) standards. For more information, please download here the report of the study on the “state of play of transparency in the governance of fisheries and small pelagic species in Mauritania”.