Cabo Verde

The Republic of Cabo Verde has been a FiTI Candidate Country since February 2023.

In Cabo Verde, a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), 80 percent of the population lives in near the coast. Coastal fisheries play a huge part in the food, nutrition, livelihoods and local economies of the island nation. However, overfishing, pollution and climate change are putting increasing pressure on fisheries resources in the nine-inhabited islands archipelagic small State.

Commitment to implement the FiTI:March 2020 (Commitment letter)
FiTI Lead Ministry:Ministry of the Sea (Resolution n. 33/2022)
FiTI National Lead:Ms Iolanda Brites
Contact within the FiTI International Secretariat:Mr Delvis Fortes
National implementation partner(s):Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM)

Candidate application

The FiTI International Board approved Cabo Verde’s Candidate application on 16 February 2023. The official documents were submitted by Ms Iolanda Brites, FiTI National Lead on 3 January 2023.

FiTI Reports

Cabo Verde’s first FiTI Report, covering calendar year 2022, is expected by December 2023.


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Relevant posts

  • Cabo Verde becomes 5th FiTI Candidate Country
    The FiTI International Board is pleased to announce that Cabo Verde has been approved as the fifth FiTI Candidate Country globally, and the second in the West Africa. The country’s Candidacy Application was discussed and reviewed by the Board during its 20th meeting on 16 February 2023.
  • Cabo Verde formalises its FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group
    On 30 November 2022, the Government of Cabo Verde, through Decree No. 57/2022 of the Minister of the Sea, formalised the establishment of the country’s FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder (MSG) Group.
  • Fisheries stakeholders in Cabo Verde discuss setup of FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group
    Mindelo, 12 October 2022. Stakeholders in Cabo Verde gathered today to discuss the next steps for the country to become a recognised FiTI Candidate country, in accordance with the FiTI Standard. Cabo Verde’s Minister of the Sea, Mr Abraão Vicente, presided over the opening ceremony of this multi-stakeholder workshop, conducted at the Instituto do Mar (IMAR) in Cova de Inglesa in São Vicente.
  • Irish Aid supports FiTI to increase transparency in four African SIDS
    11 November 2020. Irish Aid approved today a grant to the FiTI for increasing transparency and multi-stakeholder collaboration in fisheries management among four Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Africa: Cabo Verde, Comoros, Mauritius, and Sao Tomé and Principe.
  • Cabo Verde joins FiTI!
    Mindelo, 12 February 2020 – The Minister of Maritime Economy, Dr. Paulo Lima Veiga, with the due authorization of the Council of Ministers, declared today Cabo Verde’s unequivocally commitment to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).
  • PRCM & FiTI join forces to promote fisheries transparency in West Africa
    CONAKRY – 27 October 2017. The FiTI International Secretariat and the West African Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme (PRCM) formalised their cooperation in promoting more responsible and sustainable fisheries through enhanced transparency and participation in the West African coastal countries. Both organisations have been working together since 2016 to accompany the FiTI implementation in Guinea, upon request from the Guinean Government.
  • SRFC & FiTI Secretariat partner to enhance transparent and inclusive fisheries
    DAKAR/BERLIN, 18 May 2016. Efforts to enhance sustainable fisheries are stepping up in the West-African region, after the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and the International Secretariat of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) signed a partnership agreement to promote transparency and participation in fisheries.