The Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) is an inter-governmental fisheries cooperation organization established by the Convention of 29 March 1985, amended on 14 July 1993 in Praia (Cabo Verde). It has 7 member States: Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Its headquarters are located in Dakar, Senegal.
Mandate: The SRFC is an institution with diversified expertise to enforce the mechanisms of sustainable governance of fisheries resources. It is in line with strengthening the regional cooperation to enhance the sustainable management of fisheries resources in maritime waters under the jurisdiction of member States. The SRFC obtains its resources from contributions by its Member States the amounts of which are determined on the basis of a biannual budget, and grants from technical and financial partners supporting the implementation of various projects.
Objectives: The SRFC’s purpose is to ensure harmonization of national policies of Member States on the preservation, conservation and exploitation of fisheries resources and strengthen cooperation for the well-being of the populations (Article 2 of the SRFC Convention of 1985), particularly in the following areas: (i) Ensuring harmonization and consistency of national fisheries policies, with regards to the conservation and exploitation of fisheries resources. (ii) Fostering sub-regional cooperation for monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries zones, including providing institutional, legal and operational support to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.. (iii) Strengthening human capacities to undertake fisheries research activities. (iv) Reinforcing the scientific and technical information system. (v) Ensuring adoption of joint strategies by international bodies.
Gouvernance. The SRFC is articulated on tree constituve bodies: The Conference of Ministers; The Coordination Committee; The Permanent Secretariat.