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African fishers organization calls for plans for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries June 15,2020   |  Source: CAOPA

The African Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organizations (CAOPA) has called on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its members to support efforts for the establishment of National Action Plans for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, rooted in the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines).

The call was made by Gaoussou Gueye, President of CAOPA, on 11 June, in the context of the World Oceans Day (8 June).

CAOPA brings together professional organizations from the maritime and continental small-scale fisheries of 24 African countries from West Africa, North Africa, East Africa, and the Indian Ocean Federation of Artisanal Fishers (FPAOI).

CAOPA welcomes the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, in which the General Assembly proclaims the year 2022 as the "International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture".

With regard to the preparations for this World Oceans Day celebration, organizations such as CAOPA have an important role to play, in partnership with our States. In this context, CAOPA has two areas of work. In the first place, CAOPA facilitates consultation among professionals to set up a single small-scale fisheries organization at the national

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