The Canary Current LME

The Canary Current LME is a major tropical upwelling region off the coast of Northwest Africa. It is strongly influenced by the Canary Current that flows along the African coast from north to south between 30° N and offshore to 20° W.

Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, the Canary Islands (Spain), Gambia, Cape Verde and Western Sahara are the countries bordering the Canary Current LME. The total population of these countries is approximately 58 million, of which an estimated 70 per cent are directly reliant on the LME for their livelihoods. More than 60 per cent of the population lives in the coastal areas where most cities and industrial infrastructure are located. Coastal populations are engaged mostly in marine fisheries, agriculture and tourism activities. Agriculture and fisheries are the backbone of the regional economy.

The Global Environment Facility is supporting the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) project.