Be part of developing the potential of

West Africa’s blue economy

SIPEM 2023, the Senegal International Fishing and Maritime trade exhibition and conference will take place from the 30th November – 2nd December 2023 at the King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal. Previously known as SOPIMAR, this event is the leading business event for trade professionals in the maritime and fishing sectors, or as it is known, the “blue” economy. 

The event will be largest event of its kind in West Africa and is supported at the highest level by the Government of the Republic of Senegal. The event will be organised by SENCOMANE and AME Trade Ltd. SIPEM will be a regional event attracting professionals from the maritime and fishing industries of the West Africa, as well as international investors, buyers and service providers.

The main theme of SIPEM 2023 will be “The development and formalisation of West Africa’s blue economy”.




Creating endless business opportunities over the course of three-day trade event. Promote your equipment, materials, products, and services to fishing professionals, investors and

Aerial view of fishing village, pirogues fishing boats in Kayar, Senegal.  Photo made by drone from above. Africa Landscapes.


Roundtable and interactive workshops to find out the latest market intelligence about the region’s blue economy.

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Accessing the list of participants to exchange contacts & network online via the app or desktop platform



Dedicated B2B area, cocktails, gala dinners, touristic and technical excursions

The objectives of SIPEM are to:

  • Develop modern enterprises for the processing of fishery products and maritime industries.
  • Create financial and technical partnerships with the various private sectors in Africa and around the world.
  • Promote exchanges of experiences in fisheries management at regional and international level, to allow better integration of sub-regional fisheries and aquaculture policies.
  • Renew of infrastructure, and equipment. 
  • Empower artisanal techniques for processing and adding value to fish products;
  • Grow the aquaculture industry in the countries of the sub-region, through exchanges of experience in this field;
  • Add value to the local economy through the creation of manufacturing or shipbuilding units to reduce import costs and with a view to modernizing the national fleet.

Senegal one of the world’s most abundant fishing grounds

  • Senegal has a coastline of 712 km, with a high biodiversity with an annual catch rate of 450,000 MT per year for the last five years ( total fish production in 2021 was 460,000 MT) Artisanal fisheries landed 348,208 MT. There are over 25,000 pirogues in Senegal
  • The country is the second largest fish producer in West Africa just behind Nigeria (530,000 MT) 
  • The fisheries sector contributes to 3.2 percent to Senegal’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 10.2 percent of its exports. It also employs over 600,000 people. 

Developing in aquaculture in Senegal to compensate

for the drop in marine production

  • Currently 95% of the fish catch emanates from saltwater fishing
  • Global warming and overfishing have meant a decrease in marine production, the Government of Senegal has made it a priority to boost aquaculture
  • Senegal is the an ideal location to export aquaculture products due to its strategic position, as a regional hub in West Africa with its modern infrastructure ( ports, airports and road network)
  • Favourable water temperatures in Senegal allowing tilapia to reach a marketable size more rapidly than in other producing countries.