WEST AFRICA FISHERIES - MOROCCO, 1980 Tho Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (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 Af'rica these include Morocco, Senegal and Ghana, some of the laading fishery nations in the region. West Africa, from Morocco to Zaire, 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 tons had previously bean caught by foreign vessels, mainly from the USSR, Poland, Spain Republic of Korea and France. With the establishment of EEZ's, the foreign share of the catch has dropped, especially the Soviet catch while that of local countries has increased in overall terms. A catch of sardinella and mackerel is unloaded from the hold of a purse seine vessel in wicker baskets which are passed along a "human chain" and emptied into crates stacked on the quay of Essaouira, a fishing port south of Casablanca.