Objectives: To enable Parties to promote co-operation in the area of fisheries management and development in the Region. Summary of provisions: Parties undertake to combine their efforts to ensure the conservation and rational management of their fisheries resources and take concerted action for the assessment of fish stocks occurring within the waters under the jurisdiction of more than one Party (art. 3). Further articles deal with the assessment and conservation of highly migratory species, monitoring, surveillance and control of fishing vessels, development of fishery production and means of production, marketing of fishery products, social conditions of fishermen, enhancement of vocational and technical training, development of scientific research, protection and preservation of the marine environment, harmonisation of policies, fisheries co-operation agreements, maritime data and information bank, solidarity with landlocked African States and with geographically disadvantaged States of the Region, and co-operation with other relevant organisations. Parties also agree to adopt protocols for the purpose of implementing the Convention (art. 19). Institutional framework: A Conference of Ministers is established, as well as a Bureau and a Secretariat (art. 17).