The mission of the newly created Authority for Fisheries Products (Acopesca) is to support the government and other state bodies in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) in matters relating to fishing activity, according to the resolution to create the institution.
Published in the Official Gazette on 26 August, the resolution states that Acopesca’s mission also includes preventing and cracking down on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the seas of the Cabo Verde archipelago, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The Prime Minister of Cabo Verde, José Maria Neves, said recently that fisheries were the most significant part of the so called maritime economy, and that fish products were the archipelago’s biggest export, with a share of 82.8 percent.
Last July the Prime Minister also said that in 2013 Cabo Verde exported 15,000 tons of fish products and their contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been around 10 percent in recent years. (macauhub/CV)