The Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (COMHAFAT) is an inter-governmental organization created in 1989 and composed of 22 States; from south of Namibia to north of Morocco. The Convention establishing COMHAFAT, "The Atlantic Regional Convention for Fisheries Cooperation," adopted in 1991, sets the fields and modalities of regional fisheries cooperation among the member States.
The main objectives of ATLAFCO are as follows:
- The promotion and strengthening of regional cooperation on fisheries development; and
- The coordination and harmonization of efforts and capacities of stakeholders for the
- Conservation and exploitation of fisheries resources.
COMHAFAT has reinforced its institutional framework for amendment of its statutes. It has also created a fund for Fisheries Promotion in Africa, with the support of the Japanese Fondation for International Cooperation (OFCF). This Fund is to finance development projects in the field of capacity building of the member States in fishing and aquaculture as well as that of assistance in the implementation of international regulations.