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CRC works in some of the least developed countries in East and West Africa — Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and The Gambia. In these countries, we have a variety of projects that support coastal communities and their inhabitants who rely on healthy coastal and marine resources for income, food and trade. We are working to strengthen the capacity of governance at the local, regional and national levels to develop workable solutions to specific threats and challenges such as food security, overfishing, mangrove deforestation, deterioration in water quality from coastal development and climate change impacts. Our programs on participatory, ecosystem-based fisheries co-management, climate change adaptation, livelihoods development, gender equity and the linkages between population, health and environment are all helping to build the capacity of coastal communities and national governments to sustainably manage critical coastal ecosystems.


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  • Progress Report. October 1 to December 31, 2016. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. Coastal Resources Center 31 December 2016

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the first quarter of Year 3 (October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016). It also explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

  • Maiden Meeting of Western Region Fisheries Working Group (W/R-FWG), 2015 Friends of the Nation 1 May 2015

    The members of the Western Regional Fisheries Working Group met at the Conference Room of the Fisheries Commission, Takoradi. This meeting sought to ensure a continued support for the Western Region Fisheries Working Group (W/R FWG). The W/R FWG was formed during the previous USAID supported ‘Integrated Coastal Fisheries Governance (ICFG) Initiative’ to serve an advisory role to the region's Fisheries Directorate. The Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) decided to continue supporting the group.

  • Baseline Study on Women in Leadership Roles within SFMP Fisheries Stakeholder Groups Okyere-Nyako, A., Nsiah, A. 1 June 2016

    The main issue the survey aims to address is the low involvement of women in the management of fishery resources in Ghana. Though women are engaged in almost all aspects of fishery, from net to plate, their involvement in decision making and control over is limited. The absence of a holistic approach to the management of fishery resources affects the effectiveness of the management of the resource. The report recommends providing continuous leadership training such as the honam dialogue for the associations. It encourages affirmative action in male dominated groups in the fisheries industry. Another entry point for the inclusion of women as leaders in the fishery sector is through the FC staff, who offer technical support to the fishermen on the management of the landing beaches. The survey also encourages groups/associations to work under the affiliation of NAFPTA Finally the report recommends providing continuous capacity development for associations on governance, organization, a united voice, advocacy, and sustainability of their structures.

  • Fishing Community Livelihood Value Chain Development and Post-harvest Improvements: An Extension Strategy for the Scale-up of Improved Smoker Technologies Coast-wide. SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Central and Western Region Fishmongers Improvement Association, and Coastal Resources Center 1 October 2016

    Fish processing is the main economic activity for women living in and around the coastal and lake areas of Ghana. Preservation methods include salting, frying and freezing, but smoking is the most prevalent form: practically all species of fish available in the country can be smoked and it is estimated that 75% of the domestic marine and freshwater catch is processed this way. Poor product quality and unhygienic handling practices are a major concern in the local fish processing industry. The illegal use of chemicals and explosives in fishing are a major contributor to poor quality of fish caught. The smoking and drying techniques of the Chorkor stove have limitations that deserve greater attention in order to significantly improve livelihoods of small-scale fishers and respond effectively to product safety challenges – especially linked to controlling contamination by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a public health hazard. PAH are carcinogenic, fat soluble, nonvolatile and extremely persistent, and develop especially during the incomplete combustion of organic materials.

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) Pilot Project Christopher Damon 1 December 2015

    To highlight the utility of UAV imagery for evaluating the health and preparedness of coastal ecosystems and infrastructure, a series of pilot studies (Figure 1) were conducted for priority areas identified through the USAID-funded Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP): • Mapping the fisheries value chain and economic development along the waterfront (Axim) • Shoreline change and vulnerability of coastal infrastructure (Sanwoma) • Wetland delineation and encroachment monitoring (Iture) The purpose of these pilots was to demonstrate to project partners how a UAV platform operates, the quality of the imagery than can be captured and the value these products hold for deriving additional data that can feed the policy and decision-making processes.