Yaoundé - 21 January 2022 -

Cameroon creates marine park to curb industrial fishing on its sea border with Equatorial Guinea

Cameroon creates marine park to curb industrial fishing on its sea border with Equatorial Guinea
  • Comments   -   Wednesday, 03 November 2021 11:51

(Business in Cameroon) - Cameroon recently created a 110,300-hectare marine park at its marine border with Equatorial Guinea.  According to the creation decree signed by Prime Minister  Joseph Dion Ngute, the aim of that park named ‘ Manyange na Elombo’ is to reduce the incursion of industrial fishermen -who negatively affect fish population- into the  42.364 km (26.5 miles) of territorial waters Cameroon shares with Equatorial Guinea.

The park also aims to protect the spawning grounds of some marine species like sea turtles, West African Manatee, and humpback dolphins.

"Any human activity likely to affect the objectives of the Manyange na Elombo National Marine Park and its buffer zone can only be undertaken after environmental impact studies have been duly approved by competent administrations," the decree states.

The decree adds that the park will promote potential sources of income through the development of ecotourism and sustainable artisanal fishing.  

According to official sources, the fishermen active in the area concerned are mostly foreigners. So, according to the Ministry of Fisheries, by protecting it from industrial fishing and promoting artisanal fishing, Cameroon will favor nationals. "It is national preference sort of," it indicates. Let’s note that many foreigners, West African notably, also practice artisanal fishing on the Cameroonian coast. 

Although Cameroon considers artisanal fishing a sustainable type of fishing, this is not the case for some countries that want the World Trade Organization (WTO) to sanction it as an illegal activity.  

Early this year, the European Commission threatened to place an embargo on Cameroonian fishing products. In July 2021, during the WTO’s trade negotiations committee, Cameroon opposed proposals that wanted artisanal fishing to be blacklisted. 

Sylvain Andzongo

The government plans to release XAF3.7 billion to help state-owned company Pamol Plantations Plc settle part of the debt it owes employees.  Indeed,...
On January 12, 2022, Compagnie fermière camerounaise (CFC), the new subsidiary inaugurated (on November 5, 2021) by leading brewing group SABC increased...
On January 19, 2022, Inter-progress Foundation, the organizer of the Yaoundé́ International Exhibition for SMEs and Partnership (PROMOTE), signed a...
Société Anonyme des brasseries du Cameroun (SABC), a subsidiary of the French group Castel, inaugurated its new research and development laboratory in...

Mags frontpage

Business in Cameroon n106-107: December 2021-January 2022

Nine projects and innovations that demonstrate Cameroonians’ genius

This is how Gozem plans to revolutionize the transport sector in Cameroon

Investir au Cameroun n116-117: Decembre 2021-Janvier 2022

La preuve par 9 du génie camerounais

Comment Gozem veut révolutionner le transport urbain au Cameroun