Institutional capacity refers to the ability of fisheries institutions and fisheries stakeholders to practice co-management, manage access to the fisheries, and reduce effort wherever fisheries are overfished. To empower fishermen, women in the fisheries sector, fisheries associations, and national and sub-national fisheries governance, the Project supports:
- Building a functional system of governance structures for fisheries co-management on the scale of species’ ecosystems.
- Capacity-building for broad-based national stakeholder groups, such as the National Association for Sustainable Fisheries.
- Strengthening women’s involvement in decision making in the fisheries sector and increasing their benefits.
- Exchanging best management practices by sharing from fishermen to fishermen.
- Improving fisheries information collection and assessment systems.
- Demonstrating a Sea Grant-like University research, extension and outreach program.