The Gambia government on Friday signed a bilateral cooperation with Senegal aimed at tackling illegal exploitation of their maritime resources.The two neighbours lose hundreds of millions of dollars each year due to illegal fishing, a challenge both countries have vowed to tackle jointly.
James F.P. Gomez Gambian Minister of Fisheries Water Resources and National Assembly Matters and his Senegalese counterpart, Omar Gueye signed the maritime cooperation at a ceremony in Banjul on Friday.
The Senegalese minister who arrived in The Gambia on Wednesday described his working visit as crucial, citing the frank talks leading to the agreement to jointly monitor fishing activities off their coasts for the mutual benefit of their two peoples.
The two countries have resolved to step up maritime security on their territorial waters to stop their fisheries resources being plundered by rogue trawlers mainly from Europe and Asia.
The agreement is also expected to improve fisheries management, review, update and strengthen maritime regulations to protect the welfare of both Gambian and Senegalese fishermen.