Fishermen put out to sea in a pirogue from the beach of Kayar, a fishing village about 50 km north of Dakar. - - West Africa's Fisheries. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO) has launched a special programme for the development and management of fisheries in 200-mile exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of developing coastal states. In West Africa these include Morocco, Senegal and Ghana - some of the leading fishery nations in the region. West Africa, from Morocco to Democratic Republic of the Congo, is served by FAO's Committee for Eastern Atlantic Fisheries (CECAF), based in Dakar and funded by UNDP. One of CECAF's continuing tasks has been to harmonize fishery statistics and to provide technical guidance in evaluating fish stocks for more rational exploitation. Most of the region's total catch of about 3.1 million tonnes had previously been caught by foreign vessels, mainly from the Former USSR, Poland, Spain, Republic of Korea and France. With the establishment of EEZs, the foreign share of the catch has dropped, while that of local countries has increased in overall terms.