Spain helps Guinea-Bissau to acquire three patrol ships

7 October 2015

Spain will help Guinea-Bissau to acquire three patrol vessels to combat illegal fishing in its territorial waters, under an agreement recently signed in Bissau by the Guinean government and the Spanish Embassy.

The agreement, signed by the Ambassador of Spain in Guinea-Bissau, Alfonso Lopez Perona and the Secretary of State of Guinea-Bissau Fisheries, Ildefonso Barros, stipulates that the ships will be paid with funds from the European Union and built by an unnamed Spanish shipbuilder.

Guinea-Bissau has a fisheries agreement with the European Union, under which a certain number of fishing vessels from European countries are authorised to fish in Guinean waters.

At the signing ceremony for the agreement, the secretary of state for fisheries pointed out that the three ships would carry out maritime surveillance in order to seize vessels engaged in illegal fishing in the country’s waters.

The coordinator of Surveillance of Fishing Activities (FISCAP), Cipriano Fernandes recalled that a decade ago Guinea-Bissau did not have any patrol ships to control its waters. (macauhub/GW)