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  • SFMP Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2018 Coastal Resources Center 1 July 2018

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Project Year 4 (FY18). It also explains how partners contributed to the achievement of targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP.

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  • SFMP Progress Report. January 1 to March 31, 2018. CRC 6 June 2018

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Project Year 4 (FY18). *It also explains how partners contributed to the achievement of targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP.

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  • Summary of the 2016-2018 directed study course for Graduate Students studying integrated fisheries management. Robadue Donald 1 June 2018

    The aim of the directed study was to help new and continuing international students pursuing graduate degrees associated with CRC projects including Ghana and Malawi become established in their study and living situations, augmenting the support provided by their respective departments. *It sought to help them remain engaged with each other and as members of the network of researchers and professionals involved in their respective sponsoring projects at home.

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  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (Revised May, 2018) Coastal Resources Center 1 May 2018

    Following USAID ADS 203 guidance, this document serves as the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (M&E Plan). The M&E Plan is a tool for planning, managing, evaluating, and documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the project. It will help us methodologically evaluate and communicate the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. It will be part of our overarching learning strategy that is based on adaptive management, sound science for management, stakeholder participation, and periodic self-evaluation. The M&E Plan includes two major components. First is the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) and its associated indicator reporting which is tied to the project goal and intermediate results. Second is a knowledge management and learning strategy to communicate and share information, results, and lessons—and solicit input and feedback for adaptive management. This approach will optimize the project’s performance and ensure accountability to USAID and the Ghanaian and American people.

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  • Shellfish Co-Management: Peer to Peer Study Tour to Western Benin Oyster Communities Adité, Alphonse, Adité, Perpétue, Agbey-Dedei, Sarah, Asare, Abraham, Janha, Fatou, Kent, Karen 1 May 2018

    This Shellfish Co-Management Peer to Peer Study Tour to Western Benin Oyster Communities was part of a series of peer to peer capacity development actions facilitated by USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) to support a women-led participatory fisheries co-management planning process for sustainable management of the Densu River estuary oyster fishery in Ghana in partnership with Development Action Associates (DAA). The Densu estuary co-management planning process is modelled on the participatory, ecosystem-based, rights-based co-management approach implemented in The Gambia by the TRY Oyster Women’s Association (TOWA) and the Department of Fisheries, facilitated by the University of Rhode Island (URI) under the USAID/BaNafaa Project. The Benin study tour built on previous peer to peer capacity development activities organized by SFMP

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  • TRY Oyster Women’s Association Technical Assistance Visit to DAA and Densu Oyster Picker’s Association. Janha, Fatou 1 May 2018

    The purpose of this Technical Assistance visit was to follow up on a recent March 2018 study tour of two Densu Oyster Picker’s Association (DOPA) oyster pickers and one DAA staff from Ghana to The Gambia and to support the application of lessons learned. The Ghanaian women came to The Gambia to visit oyster harvesting communities and learn the best oyster harvesting methods, good governance and co- management practices, as well as post-harvest processing and marketing techniques. From May 1 – 5, 2018, a team of three people led by Fatou Janha, Director of TOWA, Lamin Saine from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Isatou Jarju from TOWA, conducted a 5-day visit to the DOPA women oyster pickers in the Densu River estuary delta in Ghana.

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  • A Guide on Illegal Fishing Activities in Ghana Afoakwah, Richmond. 1 April 2018

    This manual is intended to contribute immensely to the development of fisheries, and the value chain in Ghana, improve profitability; and gains to fisheries law enforcers, fishermen, and fish processors would be quantitatively demonstrated.

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  • Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana and recommendations to achieve sustainable fishing 2017 Lazar, N., Yankson K., Blay, J., Ofori-Danson, P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 April 2018

    This report provides an update of the status of the small pelagic fish stocks in Ghana through 2017. It was led by the Scientific and Technical Working Group (STWG) of the USAID/ Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). The information contained here was obtained from the Fisheries Scientific and Survey Division (FSSD) of the Fisheries Commission (FC) of Ghana and other available information. In this report we use the best available scientific information to show the status of small pelagic stocks in Ghana. Although these stocks extend beyond the borders of Ghana’s EEZ, we assume, for management purposes only, that the landings from Ghana form single small pelagic stock. While we recognize that this assumption may not be valid but since the landings realized in the EEZ of Ghana represent a large share of the Gulf of Guinea, it is fair to assume that that this assessment is indicative of the rest of the stock outside the boundaries of Ghana.

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  • Training on Healthy Fish Handling for Fish Processors Development Action Association 1 March 2018

    Hygienic Fish Handling Training was conducted for (30) thirty fishermen and thirty (30) Fishmongers on 21st and 22nd March 2017 at the interim Fisheries Training Centre at Tsokomey in the Ga South Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region. The objectives of this workshop was to help fishers to identify critical points in post-harvest handling of fish that leads to spoilage, to improve fish quality to satisfy consumers, to improve fish quality to increase profit and to avoid unnecessary spoilage of fish after harvest and through the value chain of fish handling.

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  • Hygienic Fish Handling, New Improved Stove And Consumer Awareness Campaign Affel R., Smith. N. 1 February 2018

    The Hygienic Fish Handling, New Improved Oven and Consumer Awareness Creation Campaigns were organized in the four Project target Communities in Central and Western Regions of Ghana namely Elmina, Moree, Anlo-Beach and Sekondi/Ngyeresia. Each of the campaigns was climaxed with a grand durbar. In all, 483 people participated in the campaign comprising of Chiefs, Chief Fishermen, Canoe Owners, Elders, Market Queens, District Assembly Representatives, Food and Drugs Authority Representatives and Fishermen and Fish Processors/Mongers. The campaign has for its purpose awareness creation on the importance of handling fish under hygienic conditions from net to plate. It was also to educate the people on the new improved oven (Ahotor Oven). The durbar ended successfully with its objectives achieved.

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  • Fisheries and Food Security: A briefing from the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, January 2018 Coastal Resources Center 1 February 2018

    The Fisheries sector plays a significant role in the Ghanaian economy overall. It directly employs 263,000 people and is estimated to contribute to the livelihoods of 2.6 million Ghanaians. Ghana’s fish trade deficit is growing. In 2013, it increased to US$319 million while fish imports grew to US$373 million. The small-scale artisanal (canoe) fishery is an important sector of Ghana’s economy and plays significant roles in supporting livelihoods and food security. This fishery produced 70% of the marine fish supply in 2015. Reducing the total fishing effort to the targets recommended by a science and technical working group15 would allow small-pelagic stocks to recover and rebuild. The potential maximum production by 2030 is 90,000MT. Improved post-harvest handling and processing can reverse current post-harvest losses in the value chain that range from 4% to 50% of salted, dried and smoked fish products in Africa. USAID’s significant investments are achieving results and contributing to its country strategy and Ghana’s fisheries and food security development agenda.

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  • MSMEs/VSLAs Formative Evaluation Report McNally, C., Crawford, B. Nyari-Hardi, B., Torell, E. 1 February 2018

    This report presents the results of a study conducted to evaluate the outcomes of the SFMP and CSLP projects support to enhance coastal livelihoods and improve fisheries the post-harvest value chain. The overall purpose of the formative evaluation of project supported MSMEs, VSLAs, and coastal livelihoods are to examine the relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of projects activities. The assessment also gauges the extent to which individual characteristics, geography, and other intervention factors influence change – and the degree of change.

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  • Report On Learning Tour To Torkor For SFMP Partners And Selected Stakeholders Semordzi, Edem. 1 February 2018

    The main objectives of the tour were: *To Provide a learning platform for partners on the Torkor Model. *Experience and understand how real changes on the ground were achieved. *Find opportunities for replication in the Central Region.

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  • SFMP Progress Report October 1 to December 31, 2017 Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2018

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the first quarter of Year 4 (October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017). 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.

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  • Market Development and Financing Strategies for the Ahotor Oven. Owusu, D. 1 January 2018

    SNV has worked closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD), the Fisheries Commission (FC), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Food Research Institute (FRI), and other stakeholders to develop the improved Ahotor oven. This oven improves upon traditional methods of smoking fish, which have been found to raise health and environmental concerns for both the fish smoker and consumer. For instance, the continuous exposure to smoke triggers asthma and causes cancer in some cases while the smoked fish also contain PAH levels that are well above those recommended for human health, with the widely used Chorkor oven producing PAH levels 7-10 times above the EU standard. Despite the benefits presented by the Ahotor oven, its uptake among fish processors has been marginal. The objective of the Market Development and Financing Strategies, is to lay out the factors that are impeding the adoption of the oven – including constrained enabling environment, weak supply chain, and a lack of consumer awareness – and outline strategies to address them, including effective financing methods.

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  • Technical Brief: The Rationale and Impact of a Proposed Second Fishing Holiday for the Artisanal Fisheries of Ghana. Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2018

    This technical brief lays out the rationale and likely impacts of implementing a second traditional fishing holiday by the canoe fleet as one contribution to a suite of management measures needed to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks. It is a pathway to improved landings of fish that have been on the decline for over two decades. This fishing effort reduction measure is one of several measures mandated by the National Fisheries Management Plan for the marine sector adopted in 2015. The second fishing holiday has the support of key national fisheries stakeholder associations including the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council and the National Fish Processors and Traders Association. It is recommended that the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development issue a public notice of a fisheries regulation for an additional non-fishing day for the Western, Central, Greater Accra and Volta regions on Sunday each week, as well as Tuesday as a non-fishing day for Western, Central and Greater Accra, and Saturday as non-fishing day for the Volta region.

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  • USAID/ Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Annual Progress Report, October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017 Coastal Resources Center 1 December 2017

    This is the annual progress report for Year 3 of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. It covers the time period October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

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  • Quarterly Review Meetings With Fisher Folks In Winneba, Apam and Accra Development Action Association 1 December 2017

    DAA has used its Quarterly Review Meetings to disseminate information to members and also share ideas among members. Quarterly review meetings were held in December 2017 in Accra and Apam which included other members of DAA who are farmers to serve the purpose of sharing ideas in general. The objective of these meetings were to discuss and review Year Four activities, identify challenges and oppurtunities, share ideas, success stories and lessons learned and to learn about the way forward.

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  • Training Of Community Based Artisans On Ahotor Oven Construction Etsra, H. 1 December 2017

    The objectives of the training program were to; *Identify and train local artisans on the Ahotor stove construction and promotion. * Control and protect the standards of the Ahotor technology by giving interested artisans the needed training. *Increase the front of Ahotor oven promotion along the coast. *Use the opportunity to create demand for the Ahotor oven.

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  • Implementing Post-Harvest Value Chain Improvements In SmallScale Fisheries In Elmina, Ghana Antwi, H., Beran, K. 16 November 2017

    Fish smoking is the most widely used method for processing fish in Ghana, yet traditional fish smoking methods and techniques used to process fish lead to financial losses and health concerns. There is a need to improve fish quality relative to food safety, food security and value addition given health, economic and environmental concerns within the small-scale fishery post-harvest sector in Ghana. Post-harvest value chain improvements supported by the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project implemented in the small-scale fishery post-harvest sector in Ghana aim to improve fish hygiene and handling practices and preservation techniques through the adoption of improved fish smoking technology to produce safe, healthy fish for consumption and sale

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  • USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) Year 4 Work Plan: October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. Coastal Resources Center 1 October 2017

    Year 4 of SFMP comes with notable changes in some specific activities and in the overall organization of work. Competency-based training for Ghana’s Marine Police is complete. Ongoing gender-based work will be mainstreamed into other work areas of the project. Year 4 work reflects a tighter focus on the formal adoption of outstanding policies and the acceptance and implementation of fisheries management measures by stakeholders in the fisheries sector. This includes a fisheries sector closed season for both trawlers and canoes (although canoes technically are exempted from seasonal closures in the current five-year national fisheries management plan), rollout of the national co-management policy, adoption of an additional fishing holiday (non-fishing day) in all coastal regions beyond the single traditional fishing holidays already established in each region, and broader implementation of the fisheries sector national gender policy. Multi-media and multi-modality efforts will increase awareness of the state of Ghana’s inshore small pelagic fisheries stocks, the problems at the root of the current near-collapse of small pelagics populations, and actions that need to be taken to address these problems.

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  • Synthesis of Scientific and Local Knowledge on Sardinella species in Ghana. Castro, K., Skrobe, L. Asare, C. and Kankam, S. 1 October 2017

    The objective of the LEK is to discover patterns of belief that can be separated into cultural domains that can add new knowledge about Sardinella, fishing and environments. Four focus group discussions (FGD) were conducted by staff from Hen Mpoano from May to July 2016 in different fishing communities: New Takoradi (Western Region), Elmina (Central Region), Tema New Town (Greater Accra Region), and Abutiakope (Volta Region). A total of 105 fishermen attended the FGDs. FGDs were held to collect initial data for the development of the survey instrument to be used for the one-on-one data collection. There was an overwhelming agreement in regards to the state of the sardinella population and 94% of respondents agreed that the population is decreasing in the waters where they fish and 88% said there was a decrease in the overall waters of Ghana.

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  • SFMP Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Annual Report 2017 Owusu, A. A. 30 September 2017

    Environmental Compliance is a mandatory requirement for all USAID-funded programs, to ensure project activities do not have significant impact on the environment. USAID Implementing Partners are obligated to consider throughout the life of project, environmental impacts arising from its activities. During the FY 2017 of the SFMP, All USAID environmental requirements laid down in the project Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) were complied with to ensure no significant impact on the environment from activity implementation.

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  • A Planners’ Guide to Integrated Coastal Management in the Central Region of Ghana. Peter Donkor 1 September 2017

    The toolkit is intended to guide planners and other professionals in the land use sector to engage more meaningfully in the task of searching for sustainable solutions to issues faced by coastal people and ecosystems. Purposes of the Toolkit: * It is a source of coastal hazards, vulnerability and risks information for coastal land use planners and managers. * It provides coastal land use and spatial planning guidance to physical planners. * It demonstrates in a stepwise manner, the utilization of basic geospatial mapping and coastal hazards modeling tools. * It can be adapted as a training manual for physical planners and other professionals in the land use and spatial planning sector.

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  • Report On Hiring Of Consultant To Review Module Training Materials on Competency Based Training (CBT) Development Action Association. 1 September 2017

    This is as a result of the Anamoah Mensah Report on “Meeting the Challenges of Education in the Twenty-first Century” which reviewed the education system and came up with recommendations for reforms, which included Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in 2006. The Educational Report White Paper adopted as a Government policy has a number of recommendations from the Anamoah Mensah Report and also from the TVET Policy framework. Some of the major policies are as follows: * TVET courses should include the core subjects of Mathematics, Science, English, Information and Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship. 2 *Act 718, established a Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and mandated to coordinate and oversee all aspects of TVET in the Country. * Adoption of Competency Based Training (CBT) as a mode of TVET delivery. * Establishment of skills Development Fund (SDF) to finance TVET Delivery. * Set clear standards which can be measured. * Develop competent individuals with transferable skills. * Link education and training to skills needed by employees. * Provide a system which will have the confidence of all users i.e learners, employers and educational establishment.

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  • Functional Literacy Training Report for Shama, Axim and Ankobra Kankam; M 1 September 2017

    This paper focused on training functional Literacy Training in reading, writing, numeracy and language was organized for one-hundred MSMEs selected from three coastal communities, namely Shama, Axim and Ankobra to improve upon their literacy skills. Thirty fish processors were selected from Ankobra, and thirty-five each selected from Shama and Axim.

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  • Campaign And Durbar On Improved Fish Smoking Technology And Best Hygienic Fish Handling And Advocacy Practices Awards Affel R., Smith. N. 1 September 2017

    The report is on the campaign and durbar, which was to reward resource users for most Exemplary Fish Handling, Cleanest Landing Beach and Anti Child Labor and Trafficking Advocacy Practices along Ghana’s coastal zone and for the adoption of Improved Fish Handling and Advocacy Practices. The durbar ended with rewards to participants.

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  • Ghana Fisheries Leadership Program: Training of Trainers Guide Coastal Resources Center 1 September 2017

    This training was to combine the fisheries leadership content with competencies in how to design and deliver quality adult learning programs. The vision is that key fishery leaders are using their unique attitudes and skills to guide the majority of stakeholders towards a co-management arrangement. These leaders are changing how stakeholders see the fishery system that is leading the majority to take responsibility to improve the fishery. This has resulted in improved environmental conditions, added value to the fishery and healthier livelihoods.

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  • Training of Micro-Finance Institutions on Stove Performance Indicators and Financing Scheme Kwarteng E., Benedicta A. 1 September 2017

    The overall goal of the workshop was to sensitize participating financial institutions on the importance of the Ahotor oven as the leading homegrown improved cook stove technology and on the modalities for operationalizing the stove financing model, so as to prepare them (financial institutions) towards the promotion of the Ahotor oven.

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  • Initiating governance mechanisms with Shama District on Pra Resilience Planning process Friends of the Nation 1 September 2017

    The paper focused on meetings which provided the platform to brief the district level stakeholders about the progress of the Pra fisheries co-management pilot process. The following stakeholder institutions were engaged; the Shama District Assembly, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, Fisheries Commission, Traditional Leaders NADMO, the Pra Community leaders, etc.

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  • Microbiological (PAHs) Analysis Of Fish From Selected Areas From Central And Western Regions Of Ghana Aheto, D. W., Adinortey, C. A., Essumang, D. K., Adjei, J. & Ahadzi, E. Kwarteng E. Avega B. 1 September 2017

    This study was to To provide scientific evidence on smoked fish production to guide the promotion of improved processing methods, product quality, packaging, labeling and marketing to significantly increase the value of smoke/dried fish products and shelf life, allowing better penetration to domestic markets, where demand is strong, as well as to neighboring countries. Investigate into microbiological profiles of smoked and salted fish from popular sales points and markets in Ghana.

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  • National Association Executives consensus building Workshops for implementation of the National Fisheries Management Plan Friends of the Nation 1 September 2017

    Fish has always had far-reaching implications for food security in Ghana. Fish supplies naturally augment food availability and ensure good nutritional outcomes particularly for the poor and rural populations of the country. The vast number of people engaged in the fishing industry earn incomes that improve upon their access to food. The workshops were organized against the backdrop of ensuring all-inclusive fisheries management and governance regime. The main objective of the workshops was to solicit feedback from participants on the impacts of the NFMP implementation so far; and the way forward.

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  • Assessment of the Feasibility of Producing Healthy Fish for the Ghanaian Market Kwarteng, E. 1 September 2017

    The research intended to provide insights into the financial and technical feasibility of producing healthy fish for the Ghanaian market by: * Identifying available market for healthy fish. * Determining the percentage of fish processors, traders and consumers who were aware of the implications of smoked fish. * Identifying what clients, consider when purchasing smoked fish. * Identifying the factors necessary for the production of a healthy smoked fish. * Determining the percentage of fish processors who are willing to change ways of processing fish to make it healthier. * Identifying some push factors and conditions that would be considered by fish processors before producing healthy fish. * Determining the percentage of consumers who are willing to pay more for healthy smoked fish.

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  • Assessment of the Feasibility of Producing Healthy Fish for the Ghanaian Market E. Kwarteng;A. Nsiah;G. Tibu;H. Etsra 1 September 2017

    The research intended to provide insights into the financial and technical feasibility of producing healthy fish for the Ghanaian market by: Identifying available market for healthy fish. Determining the percentage of fish processors, traders and consumers who were aware of the implications of smoked fish. Identifying what clients, consider when purchasing smoked fish. Identifying the factors necessary for the production of a healthy smoked fish. Determining the percentage of fish processors who are willing to change ways of processing fish to make it healthier. Identifying some push factors and conditions that would be considered by fish processors before producing healthy fish. Determining the percentage of consumers who are willing to pay more for healthy smoked fish.

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  • CEWEFIA Exchange Visit With DAA To DAASGIFT Quality Foundation Victoria, C.K 1 August 2017

    The objective of this paper was to discuss and plan for the next exchange visit and to visit the women groups in DAASGIFT operational communities. The Executive Director of Daasgift confirmed the information that she would no longer partake in the project but promised her continual support to the other two organizations in carrying out project activities. She also promised to organize her women groups for any activities that DAA and CEWEFIA may want to involve them in.

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  • Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana – 2016. Scientific and Technical Working Group. Lazar, N., Yankson K., Blay, J., Ofori-Danson, P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 July 2017

    This report provides an update of the status of the small pelagic fish stocks in Ghana through 2016. This assessment establishes new biological and management indicators or reference points for the purpose of monitoring the status of the stock with impact of fisheries management actions. However, the STWG recommends maintaining the initial biological references points on biomass (B) and fishing mortality rates (F) estimated in 2015. The trends of declining fish stocks continue to be a major concern for fisheries stakeholders in Ghana. The rapid development of coastal pelagic fisheries over the past four decades is at the center of this decline. The biomass of many small pelagic stocks has drastically fallen at alarming rates due primarily to overfishing and overcapacity.

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  • SFMP Progress Report April 1 to June 30, 2017. Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2017

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Year 3 (April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017). 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.

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  • Report On Year 3 Fourth Quarter Post Harvest Coordinating Meeting JUNE Smith, N. 1 June 2017

    The objective of this report is to To identify areas that need more work and collaboration to share ideas and experiences that will bring innovations to improve the food value chain. CEWEFIA attended the last Quarter Meeting on 29th June, 2017 at SNV Conference Room in Accra. The Partners present at the meeting were SFMP, SNV, DAA, CEWEFIA and NAFPTA. The main agenda was on two issues: presentation of Year 3 activities of each implementing partner, challenges faced in implementing the activities; as well as planned activities for Year 4. Activities could be continued and the ones that needed to be dropped to make way for more impacts.

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  • Five Demonstration Activities on Stove use and Safety Management Kankam, M. 1 June 2017

    This reports objectives are to introduce the AHOTOR Oven to fish processors and the general public, demonstrate to fish processors and the general public on the use, benefits and features of the AHOTOR Oven, and to conduct a comparative test to assess the performance and efficiency of the new technology. The expected outcome of this report are for participants to fully understand how to use the AHOTOR Oven for smoking and to understand the financing model for the acquisition the Oven.

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  • Report On Training on Use and Maintenance of the Ahotor Stove Opari-Addor, J. 1 June 2017

    This report was to ensure that MSMEs acquire enough knowledge about the use and maintenance of the stove, give information on the Ahotor stove, and to get feedback from the MSMEs on using the stove. CEWEFIA has been promoting it in the four target communities and beyond. The financing mode of the stove selected has also proved effective since some of them are already saving with banks. MSMEs (109) have registered with Akatakyiman bank for the stove and the need was felt to further train them to enable them own their stoves.

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  • Report on Biannual Stakeholder Meetings Daasgift 1 June 2017

    This report was to discuss and address Sanitation Issues at landing sites, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fisheries (IUU), familiarization of Fisheries management plan, Gender mainstreaming and brief Participants on the status of DQF trained MSMEs. There were requests by stakeholders in Year Two of SFMP, for the establishment of common platform for briefing on the activities and status of DQF trained MSMEs. It was for this reason that DQF organized the Biannual Stakeholder Meetings/ Dialogues in year three.

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  • Performance Evaluation Survey-Ahotor oven Avega, B., Tibu, G. A. 1 June 2017

    This report works with SNV in August and September 2016 constructed 12 demonstrations, Ahotor ovens and an additional 20 Ahotor ovens for under-privileged women who cannot afford the ovens; 1 stove was also purchased. These ovens were constructed in Elmina, Apam, Winneba, Mumford, Moree in the Central Region, Anlo Beach, Takoradi and Sekondi in the Western Region. SNV in January 2017 conducted an evaluation of the performance of the oven and beneficiary satisfaction with the use of the oven. 30 Ahotor oven hosts were interviewed during the process. The additional 2 stoves were stationed at the Cewefia processing shed as demonstration units. A questionnaire was used for the interview.

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  • Model Improved Fishing Smoking Stove Exhibition – Production of Model Stoves Development Action Association 1 June 2017

    The objectives of the DAA Fisheries Training Center are to improve upon the livelihood of fish processors and also produce healthy fish and fish products into the market, it was decided to build an improved fish smoking stove at the center which will be used for training purposes; in order to improve the knowledge on the improved smoking stoves and benefits thereof. The initial plan was to make miniatures of the stoves for the center but for training purposes it was decided that the single unit Morrison stove at the center be retrofitted to Ahotor oven since there was not enough space at the interim center.

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  • Woodlot Committee Meeting Report Opari-Addor, J., Takyi, M. 1 June 2017

    The cassia plantation in Anlo, Shama District has seen much success from the start of the project to date; from land acquisition, seedling buying, land clearing and planting. This activity which falls under IR 4.2.2 work with women and youth in Anlo to manage woodlot plantation is a direct activity to ensure that fish is protected by protecting the mangrove (ecosystem of Anlo) thereby relating to the main project goal of rebuilding marine fishery stocks since the mangrove is spawning ground for some fish species.

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  • Field Trip To Model Processing Businesses At Ankobra Development Action Association 1 June 2017

    Fish processing is the main source of livelihood for many women along the coast of Ghana. These women battle to processe quality and hygienic fish to meet both local and international standards. To help fish processors from Winneba, Apam and Mumford to upgrade their processing sites and learn from model processors, DAA organized a study tour for 30 SMEs from Apam, Winneba and Mumford to a model fish processing site at Ankobra in the Western Region. The study tour was organized on 30th June, 2017 through the support and sponsorship of USAID, under the SFMP. There was knowledge gain from the study tour where the processors learned modern ways of processing; and also exchanged skills and experiences.

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  • Stakeholder Participation and Social Network Baseline and Year 2 Report Asare, M., Corvese, C., Long, N., Odjidja, E., Robadue, D., Wallace, K. 1 May 2017

    This report draws upon the event participation and contact information to trace the growth of stakeholder engagement related to SFMP activities. In addition to the cumulative number of individuals and encounters, the data has been analyzed to determine how many new individuals—men and women—are becoming involved over time. In addition, we explore whether it is possible to document shifts over time in the levels of engagement of women in policy-related events compared to livelihood related training and meetings, to see if elements of success in implementing the SFMP gender strategy for increasing women’s engagement in policy can be detected. Finally, we utilize approaches employed in social network analysis to draw additional insights out of this routine information in terms of actors who are more central or well-placed to foster or block information exchange. Some results of this exercise are also presented.

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  • Training Of MSMES In Fish Processing Business Development In Volta Region Etsra, H., Kwarteng, E. 1 May 2017

    The objectives of the training program was to increase participants’ knowledge on business records keeping and profit calculation, increase participants’ understanding of the benefits of savings and encourage them to practice it, increase participants’ interest in the benefits and use of Dzidedi oven and strengthen existing groups and adopt them into NAFPTA.

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  • Training On Gender Fisheries Policy Report Opari-Addo .J, Takyi M. 1 May 2017

    This report is about how women and men work together in the fishery value chain to ensure coherent supply of fish all year round. In carrying out their gender roles these actors either positively or negatively impact each other’s work. This training therefore sought to clarify the various gender roles played by men and women in the fisheries value chain. Also the training was carried out to create understanding about the roles and how the negative impacts can be dealt with. Gender training's are held to help fisher folk discuss pertinent issues hampering their progress as men and women working together to develop the fishery sector; and preserve other activities in the value chain as well as find ways to ensure that everyone benefits from the current state of dwindling fish stocks in order to maintain their livelihoods. Women can do more things given the right resources and it is hoped that their participation would enable them engage in decision making and also advocate for change in illegal, unregulated and reported fishing practices. The training was held from 17th to 18th May 2017 in the four target communities respectively.

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  • Exchange visits to Oyster Growing Area Development Action Association 1 May 2017

    The objectives of this visit were to learn possible measures the Ada clam farmers have put in place towards management of the clams, to learn how close seasons have helped in managing the clams and to give in-depth knowledge on training received on oyster biology, ecology and management. The visit which was embarked on by 30 oyster pickers included other stakeholders like the secretary Sakumo-We (Sakumo family) who are the custodians/owners of the Densu resource in Bortianor, a representative from Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD). The trip was embarked on 24th May, 2017.

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  • 2017 Annual Forum with the Fisheries Minister Ayesua N., Asare A. 1 May 2017

    The annual forum with the Fisheries Minister is part of an advocacy platform instituted by Development Action Association to interact with policy makers in order to ascertain first-hand information on the laws and regulations regarding fisheries in Ghana and the international community. For this year’s 4th forum, participants were drawn from the Greater Accra, Central and Western regions, Development Action Association (DAA), Central and Western Region Fisheries Improvement Association (CEWEFIA) and DAASGIFT Quality Foundation (DQF). A communique outlining the successes and challenges of fish processors, solutions to ensure responsible fishing, and fish processing in the country was read on behalf of the group by Sister-Hope Asmah; and then presented to the Minister. The Minister, Hon. Elizabeth Aforley Quaye was very pleased to meet the fish processors and appreciated the hard work done by the three organizations to support sustainable fisheries in Ghana.

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  • Field Trip To The Monitoring, Control And Surveillance Unit Of The Fisheries Commission, Tema Development Action Association. 1 May 2017

    The objective is to understand the monitoring systems undertaken by the Fisheries Commission in implementation of the fisheries laws. *The study tour was undertaken upon request of the participants during the two-day training on the fisheries laws.

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  • Hownam Dialogue Report Leadership and Conflict Management Adeborna, D. 1 April 2017

    The key objective of the hownam dialogue in year three is to increase participants’ understanding of group conflict and group conflict management. In doing this, the dialogue aims to highlight the importance of group dynamics and conflict management by using practical examples and group exercises. This report therefore aims to highlight the key areas of the dialogue in Apam and the relevant results achieved.

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  • Business Development Training for MSMES in Moree, Elmina, and Anlo CEWEFIA 1 April 2017

    The broad objective of the training is to improve the knowledge and skills of trainees in basic business management and practice in order to promote growth through the provision of effective training

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  • SFMP Progress Report. January 1 To March 31, 2017 Coastal Resources Center 31 March 2017

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Year 3 (January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017). 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.

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  • Technical training in Hygienic Fish Handling, Packaging and Branding, Fire and Safety for 200 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Swanzy, S., Kankam, M 1 March 2017

    Active Fire Precautionary measures were very poor in the communities of Axim, Shama and Ankobra causing a lot of fire outbreaks of which most of the vulnerable were fish processors. Some businesses collapsed due to fire outbreak. Therefore an intervention was organized in the form of theoretical and practical training by Daasgift.

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  • Business development training for 100 new Micro Small Medium Enterprises Swanzy, S., Kankam, M. 1 March 2017

    The lack of business development and management skills among majority of fish processors to expand their businesses and also create an alternative livelihood is an important concern that can be addressed by business management training. The general objective of the program was to provide business development and management training by educating fish processors to mobilize their own resources through savings and credit activities with a view to improving the socio-economic conditions of the community, their business, community members and creating alternative livelihood.

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  • Business Skills Services Training Development Action Association 1 March 2017

    Apart from fishing from the sea, which is predominantly a male activity, all other fishing related businesses are mostly undertaken by women. These women in their daily business activities continue to battle with proper record keeping and costing all inputs in their processing sector. Due to improper record keeping coupled with poor costing of processing inputs it had led to low income and low profit margins of most processors in the country. The situation had made standard of living in the fishing Communities very poor and the children are those that suffer since they go through child labor and trafficking due the hardship of the parents/guardians. In view of the above, DAA under the SFMP trained one hundred and fifty (150) SMEs on business skills advocacy training.

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  • Profiling of Oyster Fisheries Report Abraham Asare 1 February 2017

    The successes of TRY Oyster Group, a peer woman-based organization in the Gambia with similar missions that have developed successful community-based strategies for sustainable fisheries management and value chain improvements led to the realization of similar possible management practices for the oyster fishery in the Densu delta. * The Densu Delta was designated as a RAMSAR site in 1992, recognizing it as a protected wetland of international importance under the International Convention on Wetlands. *A management plan for the Delta was developed in 1999, but did not make reference to oyster harvesting activities. * Shellfish, and particularly oysters, are valuable food for human health which contains about 80% water, 17.2% protein, vitamins such as A, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, C etc., as well as minerals that satisfy human nutritional needs.

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  • Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) of the Densu Estuary Oyster Harvesting, Bortianor/Tsokomey, Greater Accra Region, Ghana Janha, F., Ashcroft, M., & Mensah, J. 1 February 2017

    This report is a synthesis of the results of a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) commissioned by the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), in partnership with Development Action Association (DAA) and the women fisher folk at Tsokomey in the Bortianor municipality of the Greater Accra Region. The purpose of the PRA was to assess prospects for development of a community based management plan for oyster harvesting as a sustainable livelihood and food security venture in the Densu River estuary. The Densu Delta was designated as a RAMSAR site in 1992, recognizing it as a protected wetland of international importance under the International Convention on Wetlands. A management plan for the Delta was developed in 1999, but did not make reference to oyster harvesting activities.

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  • Training Report on Anti-CLaT Strategies, Referral Process and Community Action Planning Adeborna D. 1 February 2017

    The key outcomes of this workshop was to develop the capacity of the participants on anti-CLaT strategies, as published in the anti-CLaT policy in fisheries Strategy developed under the SFMP in 2016. Also, participants were trained on the use of the systematic referral mechanisms and protocols developed under the Child Protection Compacts. (IOM, 2016). Finally, the training workshop sought to train participants on the development of Community Action Plans (CAPs).

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  • Training Report on Gender Mainstreaming Strategy training for Zonal Fisheries officers Mensah-Kutin R, Akakpo P. Avega B. 1 February 2017

    This report was to increase the knowledge of Zonal fisheries officers on how to mainstream gender in their day to day work and to train Fisheries Zonal officers on the new Gender Mainstreaming strategy. The training was conducted by Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin and Ms. Patricia Blankson Akakpo, the consultants working with MOFAD, FC and SNV on the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GMS) for the fisheries sector in Ghana.

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  • Leadership Skills Training Fiatui, G. 1 February 2017

    This training program is to equip the leaders in the various groups within communities in leadership skills. In collaboration with the Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM), CEWEFIA organized a two-day workshop at the Oguaa Teachers Credit Union Hall in Cape Coast, to build and strengthen the existing capacities of the leaders in the various groups.

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  • Training in Numeracy and Book Keeping Development Action Association 1 February 2017

    Needs assessment conducted in six fishing communities for SMEs namely Kokrobite, Nyanyanor, Oshiyie, Chorkor, Tsokomey and Bortianor revealed that people engaged in the fishing enterprise seldom kept records of their business. As a result, a business skills training was organized for sixty small and medium fishing enterprises for two days at the Interim Fisheries Training Centre at Tsokomey on 16th - 17th and 21st - 22nd February, 2017 for fishermen and fish processors respectively.

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  • Report on the Second Training of Central Region Town and Country Planning Department Officers, January 10 to 12, 2017 Spatial Solutions 11 January 2017

    The GIS trainings are aimed at activating the newly established GIS Data Hub to function as the model training center, not only for TCPD staff, but other sister land sector agencies and departments. The first series of trainings were organized in September, 2016 to build the capacity of 20 officers (8 Planners and 12 Technical officers) in basic GIS/GPS applications relevant to spatial planning. Prior to the trainings a need assessment had been conducted to ascertain the background of prospective participants in GIS and general computing. This second training involved the second set of officers who were shortlisted based on the results of the assessment.

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  • Training on Hygienic Fish Handling, Packaging, Marketing and Fire Safety Development Action Association. 1 January 2017

    The Hygienic Fish Handling and Fire Safety training were for 183 SME’s from Apam, Winneba and Mumford. The SME’s were divided into 3 batches for the training. The first batch was trained on the 16th May, 2017 at Winneba, the second batch 17th May, 2017 at Apam and 18th May, 2017 at Mumford for the last batch. The expected outcomes of training are: * To improve knowledge in basic fire safety measures. * To know how to control basic fire at the processing site. * How to properly package fish for Market. * How to observe personal hygiene before, during and after processing fish. * To know develop marketing and packaging skills.

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  • National Association Executives consensus building Workshops for implementation of National Fisheries Management Plan (NFMP) Friends of the Nation 1 January 2017

    The workshops were organized against the backdrop of ensuring all-inclusive fisheries management and governance regime. *The main objective of the workshops was to solicit feedback from participants on the impacts of the NFMP implementation so far; and the way forward.

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  • Community Restores Degraded Mangroves Fast! 1 January 2017

    Success story about the Sanwoma community restored degraded mangroves

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  • Manual for GIS Training of Central Regional TCPD Officers Owusu Donkor, P., Mensah, J. C, Adams, O. and Mohammed, M. 1 January 2017

    The manual aims to activate the GIS Data Hub as the data clearinghouse and training center for the region and to introduce the use of Quantum GIS, GPS and Google earth for basic data collection and mapping purposes. he GIS training is one of the activities aimed at activating the Central region GIS Data Hub to function as the model training center, not only for TCPD staff, but other sister land agencies and departments.

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  • Small Pelagic LEK Validation Report Asare C., Nortey D. D. N. 1 January 2017

    The Local Ecological Knowledge study of fishermen was to gather detailed information about the knowledge and perceptions of fishermen in coastal communities on Sardinella Fisheries in Ghana. The goal of the validation exercise was to present the findings of the study to the fishermen to vet if it was an accurate representation of their knowledge as provided by interviewees.

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  • Continuous Technology Development for the Low PAH Stove – Ahotor Oven Kwarteng, E., Nketia, S., Manu S. D., Etsra, H., Abbey, L., Amponsah, S., Morrison, A. 1 January 2017

    The SFMP initiated a low PAH improved stove development program in 2016 to find solution to the high levels of PAH in smoked fish produced in Ghana. This exercise led to the development of the downdraft and Ahotor technology. The downdraft technology – a fired-brick combustion chamber that allows for the use of small but efficient fire, the combustion gases from which are then pre-mixed with a larger flow of clean air, to give faster flowing but cooler gas stream at an optimal temperature of ~120°C (250°F). This is then used to smoke/dry the fish in conditions that prevent the formation of high PAH levels. However, the downdraft design is very cumbersome and complicated to construct. Also, although it is easy to operate, using it could be quite frustrating due to high temperature in the smoking chamber which disallows uniform smoking/cooking in the chamber. To address this challenge, the Ahotor oven was developed as a retrofit of the Chorkor stove to reduce PAH levels in smoked fish and smoke exposure to stove users, as well as resolve the lack of uniformity in smoking observed with the downdraft designs. The Ahotor technology is simple, easy to build, functional and user friendly.

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  • SFMP Progress Report. October 1 to December 31, 2016. 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.

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  • Report On Sensitization Meeting At Sekondi Opare-.Addo J 1 December 2016

    The purpose of this sensitization meeting was to increase constituencies to support in rebuilding the fisheries which is near collapse. Stakeholders after promising their support for the project were informed by CEWEFIA that they would be included in the implementation of project activities directly and indirectly. It is hoped that post- harvest activities would have a greater impact at Sekondi.

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  • Field Support and Coaching Of Partners; Training on Use Of Ahotor Oven Kwarteng, E. Avega B 17 November 2016

    the objectives were to train participants on the effective use of Ahotor oven for optimum utilization using fish smoking demonstrations, to increase participants’ knowledge on promotional messages for effective awareness campaigns, to educate participants on a financing scheme for the improved stove promotion program.

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  • Morrison Stove Independent Evaluation Report Odjidja, E., Yeboah, D., Abgekpornu, H., Manu, S., Beran, K. 1 November 2016

    This report is an independent evaluation of the Morrison stove commissioned by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture under direction of the Fisheries Commission Post-Harvest Unit with funding provided by the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. Since its introduction, fish processors and fish traders have started using the Morrison stove for smoking small pelagic fish. In order to evaluate their experience using the Morrison stove, which includes benefits and challenges of its use, an independent study was conducted among fish processors using the Morrison stove, those not using it (a control group) and traders who buy and sell fish smoked using a Morrison stove. The survey was conducted in four regions across Ghana, including Greater Accra, Central, Volta and Brong Ahafo.

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  • Initial Meeting with Stakeholders on Oyster Group Formation Report Asare, A. 1 November 2016

    This report is on the meetings with stakeholders on oyster group formation. The meeting was targeted at making participants aware of the formation of an oyster management group who will be trained on how best to manage and cultivate oysters while using it as an alternative livelihood.

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  • Report on 2nd Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Validation Workshop Avega B. 1 November 2016

    This report is to review the second draft strategy document with a wider stakeholder group and to finalize the strategy document. The meeting was successful. There was not much technical review as most participants were really pleased by the amount of work that has been done so far. The participants acknowledged the efforts of the consultants, MOAD/FC and SNV for making the strategy a reality.

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  • Fishers Micro Insurance Partnership-Year 1 Work Planning Workshop Report SSG Advisors 1 November 2016

    The newly formalized Fishers Micro insurance Partnership brings together Millennium Insurance, UT Life Insurance, Vodafone, BIMA, and SFMP to create a micro insurance scheme for fisher folk (both fishermen and fish processors). This insurance partnership, formally entered into with a Letter of Collaboration in October 2016, seeks to overcome the reluctance of traditional insurance firms in Ghana to cover artisanal fishermen and fish processors in order to improve the livelihoods of fisher folk by reducing their risks and providing a means of saving for retirement. This partnership also serves to complement existing government efforts to provide micro insurance for fishers.

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  • USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Annual Progress Report, October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. Coastal Resources Center 31 October 2016

    This is the annual progress report for Year 2 of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. It covers the time period October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

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  • Fisheries Commission Presentation Hen Mpoano 27 October 2016

    Powerpoint presentation from the SFMP Fisheries Commission.

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  • USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Year 3 Work Plan: October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017 Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 October 2016

    Year 3 represents the mid-term period of the project. The first two years have garnered much experience and lessons learned concerning the evolving context within the marine fisheries sector and a better understanding of what can be achieved over the life of project. The following narrative first provides a big picture overview and describes adjustments in the Life-of-Project targets based on the initial project experience and better conforms to the expectations of what can be achieved in the remaining three years of the project.

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  • 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.

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  • Fisheries Management Operational Committee (FMOC) Monitoring the Performance of the National Fisheries Management Plan (Ghana). Terms of Reference for Establishing an FMOC Najih Lazar 1 October 2016

    The MoFAD developed a five-year National Fisheries Management Plan (NFMP 2015-2019) to end overfishing, protect marine habitat and meet the regional and international fisheries management obligations. The Plan sets out a five-year strategy for the fishery and provides direction for the formulation of management actions in the context of existing legislation. The Fisheries Commission is responsible for the implementation of the Plan through the establishment of a Fisheries Management Operational Committee (FMOC). This document is a terms of reference for establishing the committee.

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  • Business Model Options and Strategy for Upscale of Stoves. Richard Amaning 1 October 2016

    This business strategy and model option document provides holistic strategies and a comprehensive business model for upscale of improved fish smoking stoves in Ghana. It has been developed to assist government, development partners and businesses in the improved cookstoves market with the requisite business strategies and models to reach scale. The document also draws upon lessons from other business models used in scaling improved fish smoke stove adoption in Ghana and other parts of the world.

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  • Subsidies in Ghana’s Marine Artisanal Fisheries Sector. Tobey, J., A. K. Normanyo, P. Osei, K. Beran, & B. Crawford 1 October 2016

    The pace of overcapacity and overexploitation of fisheries resources is exacerbated by capacity-enhancing subsidies such as fuel and engine subsidies. The premix fuel subsidy and tax waivers cost the Government of Ghana US$44 million annually. It is a ‘capacity-enhancing’ subsidy, meaning it promotes increased fishing effort, overexploitation of fish stocks, lowers fishing productivity in the long run, and makes fishermen, boat owners and everyone in the fishery sub-sector poorer. The outboard engine subsidy is also a capacity-enhancing subsidy that is costing the people of Ghana over US$4.5 million/year. Fisheries actors would be better off without the capacity-enhancing subsidies and funds used toward these programs could be redirected to programs that promote conservation, research, monitoring, and enforcement of fisheries which are referred to as beneficial subsidies. However, outright removal of subsidies could result in severe short-term socio-economic consequences. Based on the analysis in this report, phasing out capacity enhancing subsidies in fisheries is recommended, while at the same time redirecting investment toward programs that will make fishermen and fisheries stakeholders better off in the medium to long term.

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  • Advocacy training for fish processors World Rural Women’s Day Development Action Association 1 October 2016

    The role of women in post-harvest fishery delivery especially in fish processing is enormous, and supports household income and livelihoods. However, the post-harvest value chain of the fishing industry is confronted with many challenges. Central among them is management of the fishing business itself as a means of generating sustainable income to better lives; and low involvement in decision making that affect them. Apart from fishing from the sea which is predominantly a male activity, all other fishing related businesses are mostly undertaken by women. These women in their daily business activities continue to battle with making their views and voices heard in socio-economic issues that boarders on their development. The Development Action Association (DAA) organized a two-day training in basic advocacy skills to enable them build their capacity, sharpen their skills in advocating on issues that affect their businesses and livelihood. This will enable beneficiaries build the needed strength and constituencies to improve their sector, as well as create awareness for improved fishing and processing practices.

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  • Report on the Baseline Survey of Small Pelagic Fishing Households along the Ghana Coast Crawford, B., L. Gonzales, D. Amin, B. Nyari-Hardi, & Y.A. Sarpong 30 September 2016

    This report provides a baseline of the current context and conditions of coastal fishing households as well as their attitudes and perceptions in a number of areas the project is working to change. The baseline also captures a number of comparable indicators that are being collected in the USAID Feed the Future northern zone of influence (ZOI) and reported in the Population Based Survey Report. These include indicators on the prevalence of hunger and dietary diversity and some other measures in relation to household structure, contents and ownership of durable goods, and a selected set of indicators included in the women’s empowerment index. This will allow for some level of comparison of conditions in coastal fishing households versus Northern farming households although this is not a focus of this report. With respect to fisheries, the baseline captures information on a number of long term trend indicators including perceptions of change in quality of life, status of the fisheries and other factors the project is attempting to influence. These include, awareness and compliance with fishing regulations and perceptions concerning illegal fishing, empowerment of women within the industry, and aspects of child labor and trafficking. As part of the project’s monitoring and evaluation framework, these indicators will be tracked during the project's progression at mid-point and at the conclusion of the project to assess the impact of the SFMP.

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  • SFMP Bi-Annual Newsletter “Our Fish. Our Coast. Our Future.” Vol. 1 (2) Coastal Resources Center 30 September 2016

    Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Newsletter. Volume 1, Number 2, describing significant events in fisheries management in Ghana, and milestones achieved in Year Two of project implementation (FY 2016).

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  • SFMP Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Quarterly Progress Report, October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016. Adiza Owusu 30 September 2016

    During the FY 2015 of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), an Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (EMMP) was prepared and approved by USAID. The EMMP complies with 22 CFR 216 and was prepared based on the revised USAID’s Ghana Economic Growth Portfolio Initial Environmental Evaluation (IEE) which was already in place for the (SFMP). This document reports on implementation of the plan during 2016.

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  • Testing Of Low PAH Improved Fish Smoking Stove (Ahotor Oven) Institute for Industrial Research- CSIR, Ghana Standard Authority, Kwarteng E. 1 September 2016

    This report presents the findings from a Controlled Cooking Test (CCT) on an improved fish smoking stove called the AHOTOR OVEN design by the combine effort of SNV, FRI, FC and NAFPTA under the USAID funded Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. The Project aims at ending overfishing of key stocks important to local food security through a multi-pronged approach.

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  • Exchange Visit for Town and Country Planning Department Officers: Workshop Report Mensah, J., Kankam, S. 1 September 2016

    This year‟s Exchange Visit event was intended to illustrate tools and methodologies for coastal spatial planning and highlight the utility of spatial planning approaches for completing coastal climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning using examples from the Western region. Additionally, the event provided the opportunity to initiate preliminary discussions on the outline and content of an Integrated Coastal Management toolkit proposed for central region.

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  • Low PAH Improved Fish Smoking Stove Design Development Report Pemberton-Pigott, C., Robinson, J., Kwarteng, E., Boateng, L. 1 September 2016

    This study seeks to assess improved fish drying technologies and provide design guidance for the development of an adequately efficient fuel device that produces dried fish with low PAH levels. This report presents an overview of the fish smoking process and a review of five smoking stoves tested by SNV: three existing low-cost stove designs (Chorkor, Morrison and Open Source), plus the two higher-cost stove designs (FAO Thiaroye Technology (FTT) and Divine), with respect to performance, construction, costs, capacity, user-friendliness and PAH levels in fish. Based on this analysis, the optimal conditions for this process are recommended and a design process is outlined that resulted in two new prototype fish smoking stoves– a new build downdraft stove and a combustor to retrofit to existing stove types.

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  • Livelihood Options Synthesis Report Kwarteng, E., Nsiah, A.A.H, Samey B., Boateng L., Aziebor, E. 1 September 2016

    In this report the SFMP is synthesizing knowledge on post-harvest livelihoods to better understand the scope and opportunities available for scaling up. The objective of this report is therefore to Identify and understand the various livelihood options on fish post-harvest value chain along the coast of Ghana, determine the financial viability of the different livelihood options, identify the various barriers associated with these options, recommend options for scaling up under the project

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  • Climate Change Adaptation Options for Axim and Sanwoma Communities with Emphasis on Fish Processing Households Adams Osam, Stephen Kankam and Peter Owusu Donkor 1 September 2016

    This paper seeks to determine vulnerability of fish processing infrastructures and households to flood hazards. In addition economic impact of flooding is estimated for various assets at risk within Axim and Sanwoma. With additional purpose focused on estimating economic impact of flooding on assets at risk. Also low flood risk zones were mapped to inform siting of fish processing infrastructure within these communities. Lastly, recommendations are made for short and long-term flood hazard mitigation with thier cost implications.

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  • Fisheries Data Collection Workshop, August 22-23, 2016 R. Bowen, N. Lazar 22 August 2016

    The workshop was organized between the SFMP team and the Ghana Fisheries Commision Fisheries Scientific Survey Division to evaluate the current data flow for catch and effort data being collected in the field and the data bases used to manage that data in the FSSD office. Current practice involves paper based survey techniques with data being hand entered into desktop data systems in the FSSD office in Tema. Data frequently takes 8 to 12 months to move from the canoe fishery landing site to the statistical survey effort at FSSD. Modern technology can be applied to this field survey technique that would improve the speed of information acquisition and management as well as the quality (QC and QA) of the resulting data. Multiple efforts are being explored by SFMP, WARFP and the FAO to move the Ghana Fisheries Commission toward electronic data collection and as such we found it important to bring the FC/FSSD group together to determine what the best direction would be for them.

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  • Ghana Leadership for Fisheries Management Course 2016: Report and Recommendations K. Castro, G. Ricci 31 July 2016

    The “Leadership for Fisheries Management” course offered by the URI’s Coastal Resources Center of the Graduate School of Oceanography and the Fisheries Center of the College of Environment and Life Sciences was an intensive program focused on the application of an ecosystem approach and a whole systems view to fisheries management as the overarching themes of this leadership development experience. The participants explored new and innovative concepts in fisheries management with examples from international fishery cases.

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  • SFMP Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2016. Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2016

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Year 2 (April 1, 2016 to June 30, 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.

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  • National Coastal Planning Workshop Agbogah, K., Etornam Kassah, J. and Sowah, S. 15 June 2016

    This document contains the proceedings of the National Coastal Planning Workshop in Ghana. In April, 2016, extreme tidal events along the coast of Ghana reported as “Tidal Waves” did considerable damage to private and public infrastructure. The wave events and destruction that followed has highlighted the need for a forum to discuss the issues, learn lessons and put institutional arrangements in place to plan for and respond to coastal hazards. The workshop’s objectives included understanding the nature and extent of these events and exploring ways to help address such losses in the future and consider the range of options to protect, rehabilitate, relocate and redesign vulnerable settlements and infrastructure. A total of 34 participants from local and international institutions, as well as representatives of affected communities, attended the 2-day workshop held at the Pempamsie Hotel in Cape Coast.

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  • National Coastal Planning Workshop Agbogah, K., Etornam Kassah, J., Sowah, S. 1 June 2016

    This document contains the proceedings of the National Coastal Planning Workshop in Ghana. In April, 2016, extreme tidal events along the coast of Ghana reported as “Tidal Waves” did considerable damage to private and public infrastructure. The wave events and destruction that followed has highlighted the need for a forum to discuss the issues, learn lessons and put institutional arrangements in place to plan for and respond to coastal hazards. The workshop’s objectives included understanding the nature and extent of these events and exploring ways to help address such losses in the future and consider the range of options to protect, rehabilitate, relocate and redesign vulnerable settlements and infrastructure. A total of 34 participants from local and international institutions, as well as representatives of affected communities, attended the 2-day workshop held at the Pempamsie Hotel in Cape Coast.

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  • 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.

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  • Vulnerability Assessment for Axim Fish Landing Site, Nzema East District Adams, O., Kankam, S., Owusu Donkor, P. 1 June 2016

    This assessment focuses on investigating the vulnerability of fish processing infrastructure in Axim to the impacts of flooding and evolving sea level rise as a result of climate change. In addition, economic impacts of flooding and evolving sea level rise on fishing households and infrastructure are also assessed. The assessment takes into account the overall planning context in the Nzema East Municipal Assembly and how this influences decisions and choices for building coastal resilience.

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  • Improved Stove Financing Scheme Report Avega, B. Kwarteng E 1 June 2016

    This intervention involves the installation of improved stoves to interested fish processors (smokers) at a cost subsidy of 30% for the first 50 early adopters after which all adopters acquire the stove at its original price. The main stakeholders that will be involved in this partnership is SNV and the project partners who will carry out awareness creation campaigns, on one side, the financial institution, the stove company and the beneficiary.

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  • Evaluation Of Fisheries Stock Assessment And Management Of Small Pelagics In Ghana Stock Assessment Peer Review Brown B., Moustahfid, H. 1 June 2016

    The meeting of the Scientific and Technical Working group (STWG) focusing on the management of the small pelagic fisheries in Ghana was well run and participation excellent. The composition of the body wisely included both scientific and technical expertise from multiple sources including government and universities.as well as independent observers. Most critically it included representation from the fishing community, both fishers and processers. That latter were particularly important in areas such as what was happening in the fishery since the last available official data and in in discussing impacts of various management options on the communities as well as candid discussions of fishing practices useful in understanding the data from the fishery.

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  • Training Report on Woodlot Plantation for Youth Addo, J.O., Antwi, H., and Takyi, M. 1 June 2016

    Two day woodlot plantation training was organized for the Youth of Anlo, Krobo and Bosomdo on the 23rd – 24th June 2016. A total of 26 women and 27 men were present. The activity is aimed at helping to preserve the mangrove at Anlo and satellite communities which is being harvested as fuelwood by the youth living along the lagoon. The objectives of the training were to reduce reliance on mangrove as fuelwood, to enable the youth to set up their own plantations and to provide alternate livelihood to the youth in charcoal burning.

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  • The Formation and Inauguration Of Community Child Protection Committees (CCPCS) at Elmina and at Moree in the Central Region. Smith N., Hannah, A. and Takyi, M. 1 June 2016

    The Inauguration of the Formed Community Child Protection Committees for both Moree and Elmina took off on Thursday, 11th February, 2016 at the Oguaa Teachers Credit Union Conference Hall, Cape Coast. A total of 67 persons attended the ceremony, made up of 20 females and 57 males. The CCPC members alone were 34 while the rest were Government Officials, Opinion Leaders, Traditional Authorities, SFMP Official, an Official from Challenging Heights, 2 Staff from Friends of the Nation, 6 Staff from CEWEFIA, 10 Media personnel, 2 Community Facilitators and 4 anti-CLaT Advocates. The Inaugural Ceremony was chaired by The KEEA Municipal Director of CHRAJ. The Acting Regional Director of Department for Gender gave the Keynote Address while the Regional Director of Department for Social Development inaugurated the Community Child Protection Committees.

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  • Organizational Development Manual Agbey, S., Tsikata, S., Childress, A. 1 June 2016

    This Manual has been prepared for Local Partners on the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project to help local Non-Governmental Organizations understand the need for organizational development and to get them ready for the USAID FORWARD initiative. The USAID Forward initiative was instituted by the Obama Administration to support local Non-Governmental Organizations to receive direct funding from the donor community.

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  • Prosecutorial Chain Workshop, Western Region, Proceedings Friends of the Nation 19 May 2016

    Workshop to discuss success, challenges, and identify strategies for strengthening marine fisheries prosecution chain.

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  • Fisheries Law Enforcement Training, May 19-21, 2015. Friends of the Nation 19 May 2016

    This report presents outcome of the second in the series of fisheries enforcement training since the inception of SFMP. The three-day training workshop was held at the office of Friends of the Nation (FoN) from the 19th of May to the 21st,2015. The training brought together 30 officers of the marine police as well as officials from the Fisheries Commission. Resource persons with dignified backgrounds from Fisheries Commission (FC), Friends of the Nation and the Ghana Police Service (GPS) facilitated the three-day training.

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  • Anti-Child Labor and Trafficking Radio Dialogue Program Radio Peace Report Friends of the Nation 1 May 2016

    The objective is to advocate for CLaT practices to be “socially unacceptable practice in the coastal-fishing source communities to *eliminate or reduce the incidences of exploitation of children by individuals therefore hindering the development of the child.

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  • Energy Expenditure Survey and Assessment of the Economics of Fish Processing at Anlo Beach Kwarteng, E., Nsiah, A.A.H, Aziebor, E. 1 May 2016

    Contributing to the high rate of deforestation is the widespread use of inefficient fish smoking techniques. The popular fish smoking stove used in Ghana is the Chorkor stove introduced in Ghana by FAO in 1969. Since then, there has been few improvement attempts with recorded successes as well as some failures. Some of the successful innovations and improvements to the Chorkor stove include the Morrison stove, Frismo/Frismo stove, AWEP stoves among others. This study will investigate and compare the energy budgets and economics of using the various fish smoking techniques. The Anlo Beach community is used as a case study.

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  • Market Segmentation Study Report Amaning, R. 1 May 2016

    The purpose of the segmentation study is to clearly identify the socio-economic conditions under which the Smoked Fish Processors operate (Stove Users), their needs and provide a clear understanding of the nature of their businesses and operations. The study is also expected to clearly identify key characteristics of the various segments of Smoked Fish Processors in the Central and Western Regions.

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  • Investment Impact Tool Amaning, R. 1 May 2016

    This tool is expected to be used to assess the level of investment made into the operations and activities of Fish Processors within the fishing industry in Ghana. It is among other things to be used to measure the level of impact made with respect to the business operations of the Fish Processors.

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  • Report on Interim DAA Fisheries Training Center Staff Training Avega B. 1 May 2016

    The objectives of the training were to: * Inform the staff of the project concept and objectives and how the center fits into achieving the project objective * To explain the need for the center and the business plan developed for the center * To explain their responsibilities and role in managing the center towards achieving the project’s goal.

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  • Supporting the Fisheries Commission’s Community Fisheries Watchdog Committees: Review of the Ghanaian Legal Context. Tuinese Edward Amuzu, SSG Advisors 30 April 2016

    Review of the legal basis for a community-based enforcement program.

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  • Supporting the Fisheries Commission’s Community Fisheries Watchdog Committees: Legal Review of the Bantay Dagat Program in the Philippines. Mario Maderazo, SSG Advisors 30 April 2016

    Report on the Bantay Dagat marine police and enforcement program in the Philippines.

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  • Memorandum of Agreement Between the Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana University of Cape Coast, Ghana and University of Rhode Island 15 April 2016

    The objectives of this MOU are to identify and strengthen areas of synergy between the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Cape Coast and the newly established Center for Coastal Management (CCM) in the implementation of their respective USAID-funded projects and create avenues to continue the exchange of scientific expertise and management capabilities in areas of marine fisheries and coastal management beyond the life of the two USAID funded projects. CRC and CCM agree to leverage existing academic and outreach programs of both universities in marine fisheries and coastal management and provide opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in joint research, education and extension programs. The CRC and CCM agree to continue ongoing consultations at all levels on the basis of mutual benefit of their respective USAID-funded projects.

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  • Proceedings of the National Fisheries Stock Assessment Peer Review Workshop:The Status of Small Pelagic Fisheries in Ghana Lazar, Najih 13 April 2016

    The overall objective of this peer review workshop was to review and validate the stock assessment report presented by the STWG on the status of the stock of small pelagic fish in Ghana. The panel shared experiences on stock assessment and explored appropriate methods based on existing fisheries data available in Ghana. The workshop also developed management recommendations and strategies to improve fisheries data and assessment methods.

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  • Supporting the Fisheries Commission’s Community Fisheries Watchdog Committees: Design Document SSG Advisors 1 April 2016

    In a workshop held by USAID/Ghana SFMP in March 17-18, 2016, representatives of the Ghanaian Government, enforcement agencies, fishermen and fish processors discussed and agreed on the formation of a Ghanaian community-based enforcement initiative to help halt and reverse the decline of Ghana’s fish stocks. The workshop outcomes echoed the earlier decision made by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to institute community fisheries watchdog committees.

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  • SFMP Bi-Annual Newsletter “Our Fish. Our Coast. Our Future.” Vol. 1 (1) Coastal Resources Center 1 April 2016

    This newsletter outlines the success stories and milestones of Year 1 of the Ghana SFMP Project. These include: From Ground to Tabletop, Fishers Become Researchers in Collaborative Research Intervention, National Marine Fisheries Plan Unveiled at Stakeholders Dialogue, Stakeholders Poised for Change; Consultations Reveal, SFMP and WARFP Philippines Study Tour Paves the Way, & USAID Sister Projects on the go!

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  • Validation Workshop On Business Model Options & Segmentation Study Reports Amaning, R. 1 April 2016

    SNV Netherlands Development Organization organized a 2-day validation workshop on the business model options and market segmentation study reports from 27th -28th April, 2016 at Erata Hotel, East Legon-Accra. The purpose of the validation workshop was to discuss the results of the business model options, segmentation study and validate the findings through brainstorming sessions as well as solicit the views of implementing partners and stakeholders in finalizing the report.

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  • Profile of Ankobra Estuary Resource Users and Use Patterns Hen Mpoano 1 April 2016

    The Profile of Ankobra Estuary resource users and use patterns characterizes the users of the Ankobra estuary and their resource utilization patterns including their traditional management practices and perceptions. The process also investigated the fishery of the estuary to unearth key species and their subsistence and or commercial value. As a follow up activity to the Ankobra Climate and Livelihood Vulnerability assessment, this profile aims at developing further understanding about community and ecosystem resilience and laying the groundwork for the development of community-based estuarine fishery planning and management approaches.

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  • Shama Disaster Management Committee Meeting and Field Work To Plan Anlo Beach Resettlement Friends of the Nation 1 April 2016

    The scoping and literature review exercised conducted by Friends of the Nation (FoN) under the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) recommended the need to conduct Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (SWOT) Analysis of some relevant committees who are connected in one way or the other to ensuring the management of natural resources and sustainable development of communities within coastal areas. Amongst these committees, the Disaster Management Committee (DMC) was identified. This committee is chaired by the District Chief Executive (DCE) who occupies the highest office in the district. The committee is made up of 8 members representing the Physical Planning and Engineering and Works Department of the assembly, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Fire Service, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Navy, and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

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  • URI President’s Visit to Friends of the Nation and the Western Region Friends of the Nation 1 April 2016

    On Saturday April 16, 2016, the President of the University of Rhode Island (URI) Dr. David Dooley visited Friends of the Nation (FoN) and some of its implementing partners of the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), and were hosted in FoN’s conference room. Prior to this, the President and his entourage made a stop at Anlo Beach to observe the mangrove restoration intervention by FoN, the community and the Shama District Assembly (SDA).

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  • Marine Police Training Curriculum Friends of the Nation 1 April 2016

    This curriculum is an introductory course meant to prepare fisheries enforcement officers by providing basic information about Ghana’s marine fisheries sector. Although this curriculum is not intended to be a complete course for marine fisheries enforcement, it provides very useful information that will prepare enforcement officers to understand Ghana’s marine environment, the importance of marine fisheries to Ghana, the basic offences and the areas of the fisheries laws that relates to those offences.

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  • Resilience Planning Workshop for Pra Estuary. Friends of the Nation 31 March 2016

    Report on Pra estuary resilience planning.

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  • SFMP Progress Report. January 1 to March 31, 2016. Coastal Resources Center 31 March 2016

    This progress report hereby details activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Year 2 (January 01, 2016 to March 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 SFMP

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  • Household at Risk Tool Training Workshop Report. Adeborna, D. 30 March 2016

    SNV Ghana and the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fishery Management Project (SFMP) believe that children should enjoy all their basic rights including the right to education, right to play and the rights to family life. Children should not be subjected to hazardous or dangerous works or be coerced to move from one place to the other to be exploited. In line with this, the project aims to support livelihood activities targeted at vulnerable households most likely to engage in child labor and trafficking, under the premise that economic hardship is the root cause of the problem. SNV developed a “Households at Risk Tool.” The Child Labor Household at risk tool is a matrix used for identifying households susceptible to child labor in a particular community. SNV trained partners and identified stakeholders on the use of the tool on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.

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  • Multi-Stakeholder Workshop to Design a Citizen Watch on Water Initiative for Fisheries Co-management in Ghana SSG Advisors. 19 March 2016

    Workshop for stakeholders in Ghanaian fisheries sector to co-design a framework for a citizen watch program.

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  • Study Tour to the Volta Region Doku, D., Owusu, A., Gormey, B. 1 March 2016

    The objectives of the study tour were to expose participants to some of the different management systems practiced in the Region and to promote Co-management of resources at the Ankobra. As part of efforts by the SFMP to sustain these resources through a co-management approach, a replanting activity at the Ankobra estuarine area has been scheduled, in other to sustain the efforts, there was the need for the people of Ankobra area to be able to see the need to manage and sustainably harvest these resources.

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  • Evaluation Report on Morrison Stoves Avega, B., Nsiah, A., Kwarteng, E. 1 March 2016

    Based on the successes Under SNV’s previous Improved Fish Smoking project, SNV introduced and promoted the improved Morrison fish smoking stoves to the new Sustainable Fisheries Management Project as a potentially scalable support programme towards improving the livelihood of fish processors.

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  • Regional Study Tour on Women’s Empowerment and Post-Harvest Improvements Coastal Resources Center 29 February 2016

    Report on women's roles in the fishery sector, a study tour in The Gambia.

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  • Refresher Training for TCPD Staff Report Mensah J. C, Nortey D. D. N. and Kankam S. 25 February 2016

    The refresher training is one of the activities aimed at reactivating the Western region GIS Data Hub to function more effectively as the central clearinghouse of all spatial data in the region. The specific objectives for the 2-day training were to review the functionality of the GIS data Hub and identify possible solutions to issues of concern and to introduce the use of Quantum GIS for basic data collection and mapping purposes

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  • Business Model Training in Shama, Ankobra and Axim Daasgift Quality Foundation 10 February 2016

    In line with Daasgift-led fisheries value chain improvement and livelihoods in Western Region focusing on Ankobra and Pra estuary, eight (8) - week Business Model Training was organized in three towns namely; Shama (Apo and Bentsir), Axim and Ankobra. The training focused on eight topics, that were developed from a Training Needs Assessment conducted for selected MSMEs in the three towns. A training Manual developed previously was reviewed and used as a guide by the facilitators for the entire duration of the program. Two days were allocated in every week, that is, Wednesdays (Shama and Axim) and Thursdays (Ankobra).

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  • Rebuilding Depleted Small Pelagic Stocks in Ghana. A Closed Fishing Season Proposal to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development. The Scientific and Technical Working Group. Lazar, N., Yankson K, Blay J., Ofori-Danson P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 February 2016

    This paper outlines a proposal for a closed fishing season developed by the STWG with considerations of input from stakeholders through an intensive series of consultative meetings held by Friends of the Nation (FoN) for SFMP. The proposal was conceived to highlight the alarming declining status of the fisheries resources in Ghana, and to request immediate and urgent action to stop overfishing with a plan to reverse the downward trends in order to rebuild fish stocks which are already near collapse.

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  • Partnership Strategy Coastal Resources Center. 1 February 2016

    Strategic Partnerships bring together SFMP project resources with leading multinational and Ghanaian companies, business associations, foundations and government agencies in a collaborative effort that advances SFMP project goals. Resources from both SFMP and partners may come in the form of funding, expertise, technology, human resources, or brand leverage. Strategic Partnerships will be governed by Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), which will define overall partnership goals, resource contributions, responsibilities and partnership governance.

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  • Gender mainstreaming in fisheries management, a training manual Torell, E., Owusu, A., and Okyere Nyako, A. 30 January 2016

    How gender is mainstreamed throughout the Ghanaian fisheries sector.

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  • Ankobra Vulnerability Assessment Information Dissemination Workshop Report. Kankam S, Mensah C.J, Owusu A.A, Gormey B. 19 January 2016

    This information-sharing workshop was held at Esiama, in the Ellembelle district in Western Region of Ghana as a direct follow-up on the vulnerability assessment validation workshop conducted for the five estuarine communities of the Ankobra Estuary catchment area. The purpose of workshop was to share the assessments (spatial options analysis, Ankobra climate vulnerability assessment) and relevant information on the Ankobra area with key stakeholders and foster a collaborative approach to finding lasting solutions to identified issues.

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  • USAID/Ghana SFMP Gender Mainstreaming in Fisheries Management: A Training Manual Torell, E., Owusu, A., and Okyere Nyako, A. 15 January 2016

    As a basis for the gender mainstreaming activities of SFMP, a detailed gender analysis focusing on the fisheries sector and value chain was conducted and formed the basis for the gender strategy. This gender mainstreaming manual will assist the SFMP partners as they work to mainstream gender into fisheries co-management. It is a tool for implementing the project’s gender mainstreaming strategy.

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  • DAA Training Center Environmental Compliance Review Netherlands Development Organisation. 1 January 2016

    Working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission, USAID/Ghana SFMP aims to end overfishing of key stocks important to local food security through a multi-pronged approach: * Improved legal enabling conditions for co-management, use rights and effortreduction strategies * Strengthened information systems and science-informed decision-making * Increased constituencies that provide the political and public support needed to rebuild fish stocks * Implementation of applied management initiatives for several target fisheries ecosystems

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  • Developing Capacity in Spatial Planning. Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2016

    It is quite evident that Ghana needs a coastal zone management program that can address critical issues of coastal erosion and frequent flooding events and other coastal development challenges. Over the next several years and decades, the costs of dealing with these issues will soar upwards. The SFMP and the Fisheries Commission and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development are interested in the well-being of fishing communities and needed access to safe and secure areas for them to conduct their food production activities, fisheries development programs therefore should take an integrated approach and support development of resilient communities that can cope and adapt to living in dynamic coastal zones. In addition, there is a need to maintain areas for local food production to serve as a form of food bank. Many agricultural and fish production areas are being converted to plantation agriculture, industrial and residential development and tourism resorts, resulting in increasing scarcity of places for local coastal communities to live, grow their own food, and sell it locally.

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  • Dialogue Supporting the Directive Actions of the National Fisheries Management Plan 2015-2019 Lazar, N. 1 January 2016

    The Council will increase awareness and positive engagement of fishermen through Fishermen to Fishermen (F2 F) consultation process and an education campaign to rebuild depleted fish stocks and recoup lost yield and revenues. The Council will encourage mass participation by its members in the implementation of the fisheries management plan. This will change fishermen’s attitude and behavior with regards to fishing practices and allows a sense of ownership so that fishermen stop regarding fisheries regulations as some alien restraint imposed on them by government.

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  • Terms of Reference for Fishing Capacity Assessment Workshop Methods for Measuring and Managing Fishing Effort Lazar N. 1 January 2016

    The Goal of the workshop is to create a better understanding of the management strategy evaluation of fishing effort in the context of industrial and artisanal fisheries of Ghana. Ultimately, the objective of the workshop is to discuss and develop a strategy for effort reduction and provide recommendations on the process of implementation by the national fisheries management plan.

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  • Report On Hygienic Fish Handling and Packaging Training Antwi. H 1 January 2016

    The training was practical; this enabled all participants to own the training programme. Participants processed fish, packaged and labeled them neatly. They were of the view that the label alone on the neatly packaged fish can increase their sales as interested individuals could get quick access to them. The participants quoted a high price for the improved packaged fish under hygienic environment; indicating that quality goes with high price.

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  • National Gender Mainstreaming Strategy For The Fisheries Sector. Accra, Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) 1 January 2016

    By analysing the value chain, it becomes obvious that even though women participate at certain stages of the value chain (fish market, processor, restaurants/catering and retailers), the fisheries sector is essentially male dominated. This means that the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GMS) has to look at each of the stages of the value chain to identify entry points for promoting women’s active participation at all levels of the value chain.

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  • Training Manual on use and maintenance of improved ovens Takyi, M. 31 December 2015

    Report on training course about improved fish cooking ovens.

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  • SFMP Progress Report, October 1 to December 31, 2015. Coastal Resources Center 31 December 2015

    This progress report hereby details activities, results, lessons learned during the first quarter of Year 2 (October 1 to December 30, 2015). It further explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP.

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  • SFMP Success Story: Fishers Become Researchers in Fight to Restore Stocks Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 December 2015

    In the quest to rebuild Ghana’s fish stocks, some fishers are now helping conduct fish stock assessments.

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  • SFMP First Person Story: Child Labor Practitioner, Turned-Advocate Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 December 2015

    A mother in a fishing community in Ghana becomes an advocate for keeping children safe and in school.

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  • SFMP Before and After: From Ground to Tabletop Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 December 2015

    Fishers in Ghana abandon the ground to instead cut fish on clean table tops and improve hygiene and value of the fish products.

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  • 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.

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  • USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project Annual Progress Report, October 22, 2014 – September 30, 2015 Coastal Resources Center 30 November 2015

    The first Annual Report (Fy 2015) for the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), a five-year project (October 2014-October 2019) is aimed at rebuilding marine fisheries stocks and catches through adoption of responsible fishing practices. The project contributes to the Government of Ghana’s fisheries development objectives and USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative. Working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission, USAID/Ghana SFMP aims at ending overfishing of key stocks which are important to local food security.

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  • The Daily Graphic: Revamp the Fisheries Sector Shirley Asiedu-Addo 30 November 2015

    This special feature news article and photos in The Daily Graphic, a daily newspaper in Ghana, discussed the crisis in the fisheries sector and the role of CRC's SFMP in addressing it.

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  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Working Group Strategy Workshop Report Entee, S. 30 November 2015

    Workshop report details a workshop conducted by the ICT group formed to advance SFMP objectives and support Government of Ghana goals.

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  • Ghanaian Trawler Fleet Study Tour of US Fisheries Leadership Castro, K., Skrobe, L., Somers, B. 30 November 2015

    Report on study tour for the Ghanaian Trawler Fleet.

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  • The Daily Graphic: Revamp the Fisheries Sector Asiedu-Addo, Shirley 30 November 2015

    The implementation of the SFMP has committed to ensuring that the nation rebuilds its stocks. A forum organized discussed the effective implementation of the national marine fisheries management plan, a national policy for the management of the marine fisheries sector.

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  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy Paper SSG Advisors 12 November 2015

    Outline of strategic partnership plan with descriptions of possible partners.

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  • National Fisheries Dialogue Hen Mpoano 2 November 2015

    The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) and its implementing Agency, the Fisheries Commission (FC) on November 2 – 4, 2015 engaged fisheries stakeholders at Cape Coast to discuss the content of the newly gazetted National Marine Fisheries Management Plan (NMFMP) and how it could be effectively implemented to rebuild Ghana’s dwindling marine fisheries.

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  • Post-Harvesting Loss Reduction Study Report Dapaah, G., Samey, B. 31 October 2015

    Study of post-harvest loss reduction in four coastal fishing communities in Ghana.

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  • Local Forum On Improved Smoking Stoves. Kankam, M. 31 October 2015

    Report on meeting to identify and improve fish smoking technologies in Shama and Axim.

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  • MSMEs Identification and Screening Report in Ankobra Estuary and Shama Old Town Daasgift Quality Foundation. 31 October 2015

    Report on meeting about designing an identification and screening guide for Ankobra estuary and Shama Old Town

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  • Report on Sanitation Assessment to Explore Opportunities and Viability of Trashy Bag Business at Ankobra Estuaries Swanzy, S. 31 October 2015

    Assessment report on plastic waste in coastal Ghana.

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  • Report on MSMEs Training Needs Assessment for Ankobra and Pra Estuaries. Swanzy, S. 31 October 2015

    Training needs assessment report for MSMEs.

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  • Results of field survey for the small pelagic fisheries profile Asare, C., Nortey, D.D.N., Lazar N, Kankam, S. and Agbogah, K. 31 October 2015

    Report of preliminary survey results of a field survey of fishermen and fisherwomen.

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  • Report on Needs of MSMEs in Elmina, Moree and Anlo Takyi, M., Buabeng, J., Antwi, H. 31 October 2015

    Report on training needs for value chain and livelihood improvements in coastal Ghana.

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  • Report on Needs of MSMEs in Elmina, Moree and Anlo Takyi, M., Buabeng, J., Antwi, H. 31 October 2015

    Report to identify training needs of MSMEs located in the Central and Western Regions.

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  • Ankobra Estuarine Community Climate Vulnerability Assessment Mensah J, Amoako O.A, Kankam, S. 30 October 2015

    Complimentary analysis of climate vulnerability in five estuarine communities of the Ankobra River.

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  • Child Labour Literature Review and Scoping Study Report Adeborna, D., Johnson, K. 30 October 2015

    Review of child labour and trafficking in Ghanaian fisheries sector.

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  • Child Labour Curriculum Design Adeborna, D. 30 October 2015

    Powerpoint presentation of child labour curriculum design.

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  • Child Labour and Trafficking Assessment Tool Presentation Adeborna, D. 30 October 2015

    Powerpoint presentation of child labour and trafficking assessment tool.

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  • Child Labour Factsheet Adeborna, D. 30 October 2015

    Child labour and trafficking factsheet.

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  • SFMP Information Agbey, S., Tsikata, S. 30 October 2015

    Information about the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project in Ghana, 2014-2019.

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  • Post-harvest Processing Stove Performance Report Entee, S. 30 October 2015

    Findings from a Controlled Cooking Test on various fish stoves based on locations in coastal Ghana.

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  • Fisheries Training Center Business Plan Otoo, A., Ajongbah, L., Samey, B. 30 October 2015

    Business plan for Fisheries Training Center for Development Action Association (DAA).

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  • Fisheries Training Center Consensus Building Workshop Report, 2015 Samey, B. 30 October 2015

    Workshop report to inform Development Action Association (DAA) members about the progress of the Fisheries Training Center.

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  • Post Harvest Processing Value Chain Literature Review Report Entee, S. 30 October 2015

    Literature survey to document all types of post-harvet fish processing in Ghana and internationally.

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  • Analysis of Spatial Planning Options: Ankobra Donkor, P., Agyemang, F. 29 October 2015

    Detailed examination of land uses along the Ankobra estuarine system and their implications for the current and future ecosystem health.

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  • Report of the Seventh Session of the Scientific Sub-Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic, Tenerife, Spain Lazar, N. 14 October 2015

    The purpose of the study is to identify the genetic structure of the sardinella fish stocks between Morocco and Angola for management purposes. The terms of reference for the study were presented to the seventh session of the CECAF Scientific Sub-Committee in Tenerife, Spain from 14-16 October 2015.

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  • Fisheries Management Plan of Ghana: A National Policy for the Management of the Marine Fisheries Sector, 2015-2019 Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ghana 1 October 2015

    The Ghana Government is fully committed to implementing a robust Fisheries Management Plan to ensure long term conservation of its fish stocks whilst at the same time contributing to improved food and nutritional safety at a national level. The goal of the Management Plan is to rebuild fish stocks to enhance the socio-economic conditions of fishing communities, create employment within national and international frameworks and standards and improve food security as well as contribute to GDP and foreign exchange earnings. The Management Plan has been developed to meet the following key objectives: i. to reduce the excessive pressure on the fish stocks; ii. to ensure that fish stocks within the marine waters of Ghana are exploited within biologically acceptable levels; iii. to ensure that effective fisheries legislation is implemented to protect the nation’s fish resources; iv. to protect marine habitats and bio-diversity; v. to contribute to enhancing export opportunities and strengthening value addition; vi. to strengthen participatory decision making in fisheries management(co-management); and vii. to meet regional and international obligations in fisheries management. Text in this document is based on the officially gazetted Fisheries Management Plan of Ghana, published on October 2015.

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  • Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Report, 2015 Owusu, A. 1 October 2015

    During the FY 2015 of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), an Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (EMMP) was prepared and approved by USAID. The EMMP complies with 22 CFR 216 and was prepared based on the revised USAID’s Ghana Economic Growth Portfolio Initial Environmental Evaluation (IEE) which was already in place for the (SFMP). This document reports on implementation of the plan during 2015.

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  • USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) Year 2 Work Plan, October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. Coastal Resources Center 1 October 2015

    This is the approved Year 2 work plan for the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. The project purpose is to “Rebuild targeted fish stocks through adoption of sustainable practices and exploitation levels.” This project will forge a campaign that builds a constituency for change that captures the support of high-level decision makers and politicians as well as grass-roots fishermen, fishmongers and processors. To achieve sustainable fishing practices and exploitation levels, reduced fishing effort or harvest must occur in order to end overfishing. This, over the longer term, will lead to safeguards of sufficient spawning biomass to produce higher and more sustainable fishing yields. This signals to stakeholders and beneficiaries a causal chain and time lag between ending overfishing and improved stock biomass, and ultimately, improved fish yields and profitability (household income).

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  • USAID/Ghana SFMP Anti Child Labor and Trafficking Field Survey Report Johnson K.B.R, Eduful F, FoN 30 September 2015

    Child Labor and Trafficking exists in Ghana’s fisheries sector and is found widely in the Central Region. To understand the nature, severity, and root drivers of CLaT issues in the CR, a series of studies and assessments were conducted through comprehensive literature reviews and field surveys. This report presents the findings of those surveys.

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  • Anti-Child Labor and Trafficking Field Survey Report Friends of the Nation 30 September 2015

    Household surveys to define and analyze Child Labour and Trafficking in coastal Ghana.

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  • Fuel Wood Value Chain Report Darko Obiri. B, Owusu-Afriyie, K., Kwarteng E,, Nutakor E, 30 September 2015

    Analysis of the fuelwood value chain for the fish smoking industry in four coastal regions of Ghana.

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  • Fisheries Training Center Needs Assessment Otoo, A., Ajongbah., L., Samey. B. 30 September 2015

    Needs assessment report to develop a business plan for a Fisheries Training Center for Development Action Association (DAA).

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  • Sardinella and Other Small Pelagic Value and Supply chain of the fishery sector, Ghana Nunoo, F.K.E., Asiedu, B., Kombat, E.O., Samey, B. 30 September 2015

    Assessment of te entire supply and value chain of Sardinella and other small pelagic fishes.

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  • Organizational Capacity Assessment Report for government and Public University Units Kent, K 30 September 2015

    Overview of perceptions by leaders, staff and key informants of each Government of Ghana unit's core purpose and approach.

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  • Rapid Partnership Appraisal and Partnership Prioritization Report Coastal Resources Center 1 September 2015

    Strategic partnerships with the private sector have the potential to play a critical role in helping Ghana SFMP meet its goals. In May-July 2015, SSG Advisors conducted a Rapid Partnership Appraisal (RPA) in the Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions of Ghana in order to identify high-value public-private partnership opportunities for Ghana SFMP. Through the RPA, SSG aimed to identify partnership opportunities with companies and other key stakeholders in Ghana, to leverage additional resources for the sustainable development of the country’s fisheries sector. As part of the RPA, SSG conducted over 70 interviews with multinational and Ghanaian companies, business associations, development projects, Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs) and government institutions to better understand the interests and challenges of potential partners vis-à-vis SFMP objectives, and to begin to formulate possible partnership opportunities. SSG also interviewed each of the SFMP implementing partner organizations, to better understand project goals, vision, and priorities.

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  • Report on Multi-Stakeholder Meeting held on 23rd September 2015 at GNAT Hall, Cape Coast Buabeng, J. 1 September 2015

    As part of CEWEFIA’s activities under the SFMP, a multi-stakeholder meeting was organized to brief the stakeholders on the activities and achievements of Year One as well as present the activities to be carried out in Year Two. The meeting also aimed at discussing the way forward for the implementation of the SFMP.

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  • Report on MSMEs Small Business Development and Management Capacity Building Training Workshop at Shama Anlo Beach, Elmina and Moree from 17th-29th August, 2015 Opare-Addo, J., Smith, N. 31 August 2015

    Report on the activities undertaken during a six day small business development and management course.

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  • Community Champions / Advocates Orientation Guide on Child Labour and Trafficking (ClaT). Takyi, M. 31 August 2015

    Guide to analyze child labour and trafficking in Ghanaian fisheries.

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  • Leadership in Fisheries Management Course Curriculum. Castro, K., Ricci, G. 31 August 2015

    Course curriculum to create a strategy to implement fisheries management in Ghana.

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  • Leadership in Fisheries Management Course Report Ricci, G., Castro, K. 31 August 2015

    Report on course to create a strategy for implementing fisheries management in Ghana.

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  • MSME Small Business Development and Management Training Ayiglo, G, Aziebor, E. 30 August 2015

    Training materials for small business management.

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  • SFMP Community Champions/Advocates Orientation Guide on Child Labour and Trafficking (CLaT) CEWEFIA 11 August 2015

    A guide to creating community advocates for integrating family planning into local fishing village culture in Ghana.

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  • Media Orientation Workshop Report SNV, Netherlands Development Organisation, Coastal Resources Center. 5 August 2015

    This one day workshop brought together stakeholders such as the Fisheries Commission led by the Director of Projects, Mr. Thomas Insaidoo, Programs Coordinator of Friends of the Nation (FoN) Mr. Kyei Yamoah, Mrs. Sarah Naa Dedei Agbey and Senyo Tsikata of SNV and selected media houses. The objective of this workshop was to heighten awareness in environmental reporting relative to the fisheries sector, to sensitize participants on the alarming state of the fisheries sector and to create awareness of Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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  • The Stakeholder Association Leaders Meeting of Small Pelagic Options Friends of the Nation 1 August 2015

    Summary of fisheries stakeholder meetings to discuss management of small pelagic fish species.

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  • Baseline for Prosecution: Summary of Fisheries Arrests and Prosecution in the Western and Eastern Commands Friends of the Nation 1 August 2015

    The key objective of the project is to contribute to the rebuilding of Ghana’s marine fisheries stock (small pelagics) and catches through adoption of responsible fishing practices. Towards contributing to the above objective and as part of SFMP activities, baseline information was collated from Fisheries Commission to understand the trend of arrest and prosecution of marine fisheries cases and conduct analysis with the accessed data. This information will inform the implementation of the SFMP strengthened law enforcement component.

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  • Report on Forums on Improved Smoking Technologies Central and Western Region Fishmongers Improvement Association 1 August 2015

    As part of the SFMP’s activities outlined under IR 4.8 (Fisheries Value chain Improvements and Livelihoods development), three forums were organized on three separate dates at Shama Anlo Beach 14th August 2015, Elmina, 21st August 2015 and Moree 15th September 2015 to sensitize fish processors on the improved smoking technologies and the benefits to be derived from its adoption.

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  • USAID/Ghana SFMP Post-Harvest Processing Stove Performance Report SNV 31 July 2015

    This report presents the findings from a Controlled Cooking Test (CCT) on fish stoves in various fishing communities in Ghana as part of the SFMP for the promotion and adoption of clean cooking and other renewable energy technologies in support of fish processing industries, in order to enhance environmental sustainability and livelihoods. In addition, to ensure technology transfer, the activity serves as an opportunity for testing and comparing stove performance (energy and production efficiencies).

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  • Baseline Survey Report for Winneba and Apam Akutse, P., Samey, B. 31 July 2015

    Survey to determine the current status of Winneba and Apam, two fishing communities in coastal Ghana.

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  • Gender Mainstreaming Strategy Okyere Nyako, A., Owusu, A., and Torell, E. 30 July 2015

    The SFMP Gender Mainstreaming Strategy is an iterative process which will assess the potential impact of planned interventions for men and women as well as children engaged in fisheries along the central and western coast of Ghana. The objective of this is to ensure that both men and women are empowered to work effectively in fisheries management.

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  • Report On Training Course On Fish Stock Assessment Methods University Of Cape Coast Lazar, N. 6 July 2015

    This is one-week intensive training program in fish stock assessment methods for Ghanaians involved in fisheries assessment and management training program was intended to present theoretical elements in fish population dynamics and guide participants in putting theory into practice in managing fisheries resources. It was to provide instruction, demonstration, and exercises in fisheries stock assessment as applied to fishery resources. The main goal of the training was to strengthen the capacity of the Fisheries Commission and its partners in basic fish stock assessment techniques and prepare its professionals to take the next steps in stock assessment results and apply it to fisheries management.

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  • SFMP Progress Report April 1 to June 30, 2015 Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island/SFMP Accra, Ghana 30 June 2015

    A quarterly report on the programmatic progress of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP).

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  • SFMP Series of Action Option Briefs Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island/SFMP Accra, Ghana 30 June 2015

    A series of 11 action options with initial steps, impacts, pros and cons, enabling bodies and conditions for restoring Ghana's small pelagic fisheries.

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  • SFMP Philippines Study Tour Report Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island/SFMP Accra, Ghana 30 June 2015

    A report describing the experiences and lessons learned during a study tour to the Philippines by Ghana fisheries principals and members of the SFMP/Accra team.

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  • USAID/Ghana SFMP Gender Needs Asssessment Report Owusu, A., and Okyere Nyako, A. 30 June 2015

    The SFMP Gender Needs Assessment (GNA) identifies and analyses the specific needs of the men, women, boys, and girls who are involved in fishing, fish processing, and fish trading activities along the central and western coast of Ghana, specifically in Apam, Winneba, Axim, and Elmina. The GNA is part of a suite of gender documents being prepared under the SFMP and complements the Gender Analysis Report, which provides an overview of the roles of children, women and men in the fisheries sector in the project pilot areas.

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  • Gender Needs Assessment Report Okyere Nyako, A., Owusu, A., and Torell, E. 30 June 2015

    Identification and analysis of specific needs of men, women, and children involved in the Ghanaian fisheries sector.

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  • CLaT World Day Against Child Labour Adeborna, D. 30 June 2015

    Report on World Day Against Child Labour event.

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  • Post Harvesting Processing Scoping Study Report Entee, S. 30 June 2015

    Evaluation of fishing communities in the Central and Western Regions of Ghana.

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  • Post-Harvest Process Characterization Studies and Needs Assessment Report on Fish Smoking and Salting of Fish Entee, S. 30 June 2015

    Findings from post-harvest fish processing technologies including smoking and salting.

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  • Exchange Visit for TCPD Officers: Workshop Report, June 29-30, 2015 Mensah, J., Amoakoh, A.O., Kankam, S. 30 June 2015

    Report of workshop to replicate the Data Hub that occurred in the Central Region.

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  • SFMP Progress Report, April 1 – June 30, 2015 Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2015

    This publication details the the third quarter, Year One progress of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP).

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  • SFMP Ghana Fisheries Gender Analysis Torell, E.; Owusu, A.; Okyere Nyako, A. 26 June 2015

    This publication provides a detailed gender analysis report focusing on Ghana's fisheries sector and value chain. The analysis will for the basis for a gender strategy and supporting activities as part of the SFMP.

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  • Small Pelagic Fisheries Profile Refresher Training Asare C, Kankam S, Lazar N, Dovlo E, Nortey D.D.N, Mensah J 26 June 2015

    The objective of the training was to develop sampling protocol and sample size by region; share emerging lessons and challenges from canoe enumeration and modify survey protocol as necessary.

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  • Study Tour to the Philippines SSG Advisors 1 June 2015

    Twenty Ghanaian fisheries stakeholders attended a Study Tour to the Philippines to learn about sustainable fishing practices.

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  • Fuelwood Value Chain Analysis Literature Review Report Kwarteng, E. 31 May 2015

    Meta-analysis of literature relevant for Ghana woodfuel value chain.

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  • Momentum-Research & Innovation — Lives in the Balance: Protecting Our Planet’s Coastal Communities University of Rhode Island Division of Research and Economic Development, Bruce Mason 30 May 2015

    This magazine article focuses on CRC's Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) in Ghana, led by CRC's Brian Crawford.

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  • Small Pelagic Fisheries Data Collection: Orientation Training Report Asare, C., Owusu, A.A., Kankam, S., Nortey D.D.N 30 May 2015

    Trainings for small pelagic fisheries data collectors.

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  • Western Regions Fisheries Working Group Friends of the Nation 12 May 2015

    Summary of meeting to ensure support for the Western Region Fisheries Working Group.

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  • USAID/Ghana SFMP Small Pelagic Fisheries Data Collection: Orientation Training Manual Kankam S, Asare C, Lazar N, Dovlo E, Nortey D.D.N, Mensah J and Agbogah K, Hen Mpoano 5 May 2015

    This training manual is for persons collecting data on Ghana’s small pelagic fishery. It aims to introducefisheries data collectors to the basic protocols for collecting and processing fisheries data.

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  • Small Pelagic Fisheries Data Collection: Orientation Training Manual Kankam, Stephen, Asare, Cephas, Nortey, Daniel, Mensah, Justice. Agbogah, Kofi, Lazar, Najih. 5 May 2015

    Training manual for people that collect data on Ghana's small pelagic fishery.

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  • Memorandum of Understanding Between the University of Rhode Island, USA, and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana University of Cape Coast and University of Rhode Island 5 May 2015

    This Memorandum of Understanding establishes cooperative relations to develop academic and cultural interchange in education, research, and other areas, between the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and the University of Rhode Island

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  • Report on Competencies for Enforcement Glenn Ricci 1 May 2015

    International Technical Assistance Trip Report by Glenn Ricci related to the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project activities IR 1 Strengthened Enabling Environment for Marine Resources Governance; and IR2 Science and Research Applied to Policy and Management.

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  • 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.

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  • Literature Review On Sardinella Value Chain Samey, B. 30 April 2015

    Meta-analysis of fishery sector literature with a focus on small pelagic fishes.

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  • Issue Brief: Ghana’s Small Pelagic Fishery in Crisis National and Regional Food Security at Risk Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 28 April 2015

    National and regional food security at risk. Brief provides overview of threats to Ghana's small pelagic fishery, methods for addressing them and how the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) will help solve the problem.

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  • Momentum-Research & innovation- Lives in the Balance: Protecting our Planet’s Coastal Communities Mason, B 1 April 2015

    Last October, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $24 million grant — the largest in URI’s history — to the CRC to lead a five-year sustainable fisheries project in Ghana, West Africa. The objective of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project is to rebuild key marine fisheries stocks through responsible fishing practices. The project aims to set up a legal framework to protect the fisheries, develop more effective management plans and educate policymakers and the public.

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  • SWOT Analysis Workshop For Shama District Agriculture and Coastal Management Sub- Committee Friends of the Nation 1 April 2015

    In the scoping and literature review, there were some essential information identified. And in that was a SWOT Analysis to be conducted of key local institutions identified during the scoping and literature review and this will help develop and build capacity building initiative for these local institutions. In view of this, Friends of the Nation organized a SWOT Analysis workshop with the Agriculture and Coastal Resource Management Sub-Committee which was one of the local institutions in the Shama District identified during the scoping and literature review. The workshop took place at the Conference Room of the Shama District Assembly on April 19, 2016 around 10:12 am.

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  • Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 31 March 2015

    This document serves as the project's Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, a tool for planning, managing, evaluation and documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the project.

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  • SFMP Progress Report, January 1 – March 31, 2015. Coastal Resources Center 31 March 2015

    This publication details the the second quarter, Year One progress of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP)

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  • SFMP Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. Coastal Resources Center 1 March 2015

    This document serves as the project's Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, a tool for planning, managing, evaluation and documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the project.

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  • Central Region Coastal-Fishing Communities Anti Child Labor and Trafficking Sensitization Program Friends of the Nation 1 March 2015

    The team was able to facilitate a successful engagement with the communities. It also succeeded to get a pool of volunteers in each community who volunteered to act as Community Anti-CLaT Advocates and Whistle-blowers. The volunteers will be further supported and resourced to reduce the incidence of CLaT the communities, and promote human rights, and the welfare of children.

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  • Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP): Partners Meeting Report Patricia Aba Mensah, SFMP 28 February 2015

    This report outlines the presentations and activities of the initial partners meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Feb. 25 and 26, 2015, and details the agenda, outputs and participants.

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  • The USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) Partners Meeting Report, February 25-26, 2015 Coastal Resources Center 26 February 2015

    This report outlines the presentations and activities of the initial partners meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Feb. 25 and 26, 2015, and details the agenda, outputs and participants.

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  • USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP): In Brief Carol McCarthy, CRC; Patricia Aba Mensah, SFMP 31 January 2015

    A brief description of the USAID/Ghana funded five-year sustainable fisheries project launched in October 2014.

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  • USAID/Ghana SFMP Branding and Marking Plan Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 31 January 2015

    Details of the branding and marking plan for the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, a five-year initiative that aims to rebuild the fisheries in the West African nation of Ghana to ultimately benefit tens of thousands of stakeholders.

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  • Baseline of Fisheries Prosecutions in the Western and Eastern Commands Friends of the Nation 14 January 2015

    Baseline information for marine fisheries prosecution cases in Central and Western Regions of Ghana.

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  • Small Pelagic Fisheries Profile: Preliminary Analysis of Regional Results Lazar N., Asare C., Nortey D. D. N., Kankam S., & Agbogah K. 1 January 2015

    This report is the preliminary result of regional analyses for the small pelagic fisheries profile under the USAID-funded Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) in Ghana. The overall objectives of the small pelagic fisheries profile are to guide fishery management strategies, potential fisheries capacity control and reduction plans, economic development initiatives (post-harvest), infrastructure investments and community and marine fisheries spatial planning and support Fisheries Commission with updated information on both fishermen and fish processors.

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  • MSME Training Report: Eight Week MSME Training For Ankobra, Axim And Shama Fisherfolk Daasgift Quality Foundation 1 January 2015

    The objective of the program is to mobilize resources through savings, financial management, planning and credit activities with a view to improving the socio-economic conditions the community members for diversified livelihoods.

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  • MSME Training Report: Eight Week MSME Training For Ankobra, Axim And Shama Fisherfolk Daasgift Quality Foundation 1 January 2015

    The objective of the program is to mobilize resources through savings, *financial management, *planning and credit activities with a view to improving the socio-economic conditions the community members for diversified livelihoods

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  • MSME Training Report: Eight Week MSME Training For Ankobra, Axim And Shama Fisherfolk Daasgift Quality Foundation 1 January 2015

    The objective of the program is to mobilize resources through savings, financial management, planning and credit activities with a view to improving the socio-economic conditions the community members for diversified livelihoods.

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  • MSME Training Report: Eight Week MSME Training For Ankobra, Axim And Shama Fisherfolk Daasgift Quality Foundation. 1 January 2015

    The objective of the program is to mobilize resources through savings, financial management, planning and credit activities with a view to improving the socio-economic conditions the community members for diversified livelihoods.

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  • MSME Training Report: Eight Week MSME Training For Ankobra, Axim And Shama Fisherfolk Daasgift Quality Foundation 1 January 2015

    The objective of the program is to mobilize resources through savings, * financial management, *planning and credit activities with a view to improving the socio-economic conditions the community members for diversified livelihoods.

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  • Toward a Sustainable Fishery: Action Options Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2015

    Supporting the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, the USAID Ghana Sustainable Management Project (SFMP) is a five-year initiative that aims to rebuild targeted marine fisheries through the adoption of sustainable fishing practices. SFMP has identified a suite of Action Options toward achieving these goals and is describing each option to stakeholders in a series of briefs. The planning process now must move from discussion of problems toward developing a consensus of how to secure a rebuilt, healthy small pelagic fishery. Stakeholders must debate and decide on potential science-based options, listed above, and act.

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  • Baseline Study Of The Demersal Fisheries In The Western Region (Pra And Ankobra) Fynn-Korsah S., Effah E., Lazar N. 1 January 2015

    The purpose of the study is to establish a baseline fisheries assessment on key demersal species in the Western Region. In addition, a pilot project on cooperative research with fishermen and other stakeholders was initiated involving 12 fishermen.

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  • USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2015

    Working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission, USAID/Ghana SFMP aims to end overfishing of key stocks important to local food security through a multi-pronged approach

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  • Before and After: From the Ground to Tabletop Krugar, M 1 January 2015

    Safer and healthier ways to conserve fish for consumption. Due to less and less fish being landed, the fish that are need to be handled with care. Fishers abandon the ground and started cutting the fish on clean table tops.

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  • First Person Story: Child Labor Practitioner, Turned Advocate Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2015

    Araba Takyiwa is a beneficiary of the USAID/SFMP Anti-Child Labor Campaign. In need of money, she trafficked out her sons and daughter. She has not yet been able to relocate her daughter but was able to find her sons. Araba now sends her sons to school and is spreading the word throughout the community, helping others see the longer term benefits to their children, families and communities when children stay in school.

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  • Success Story: Fishers Become Researchers in Fight to Restore Stocks Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2015

    Raymond Annan is a fisherman from Sekondi and also a member of he collaborative fish research team. Now, as he hauls his catch, he records with hash marks on paper the number of fish he catches in each of the four key species. He cuts them open and records their sex, size and maturity of the eggs if females. Raymond also takes photos. This all helps rebuild the stocks.

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  • Report of the Training in Biological Fisheries Sampling and Data Management Lazar N. 1 January 2015

    The purpose of the training is to enhance skills and knowledge of the Fisheries Commission, FSSD in biological sampling and data management. The trainees had the opportunity to go through a series of lectures on biological techniques supported by hands on exercises. The training provided an overview of sampling techniques, measuring lengths, weights and collecting age and growth information. This was followed with a training in database systems and database development using MS Access.

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  • Report on Identification of MSMEs in Elmina, Moree and Anlo Smith N; Opare-Addo J; Buabeng J; Takyi M. 1 January 2015

    This report was aimed to report on the need of business development services for targeted communities. The goal was to identify, screen and select Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for business development training.

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  • Apam and Winneba Sensitisation Workshop Report Sasu L., Asare A., Ayensua N. 1 January 2015

    This report is aimed towards sensitization workshops, which seek to bring together all stakeholders within Apam and Winneba associated with fisheries. The objective was to create awareness of the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project and gain the acceptance and support of the people and institutions at Apam and Winneba.

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  • Monitoring Report On MSMEs Activities In Elmina, Moree, and Anlo Takyi, M. 1 January 2015

    This monitoring exercise was to observe how these MSMEs were applying the knowledge gained in their daily activities. MSMES were visited at their work places to inspect their activities to ensure that they are using the right methods in smoking their fish and also if they had stopped the negative practices such as using empty cement papers to pack their fish for the market.

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  • Report on Community Town Hall Meeting at Moree in Abura-Asebu- Kwamankese District of Central Region Opare-Addo, J.; Antwi, H. 1 January 2015

    This report was on a meeting that was aimed to create awareness on the SFMP to all the stakeholders and the benefits of the project to the community and to debrief stakeholders on the role of CEWEFIA in the project. Within the meeting there was participation of all government agencies, community stakeholders, fishermen, fish processors, women’s groups, whom had related comments and asked critical questions show their willingness to support the USAID/SFMP.

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  • Training Needs Assessment Tools for MSMEs Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2015

    This document includes the competency assessment and general training assessment tools used by Daasgift Quality Foundation in preparing their programs for Micro, Small and Medium sized enterprises.

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  • Initial Stakeholder Engagements in 2015 SNV 1 January 2015

    This paper reports on initial stakeholder engagement efforts by the Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management project. The SFMP team is working on this project to end overfishing of key stocks important to local food security through a multi-pronged approach. Some of the stakeholder’s concerns include the issue of Chinese trawlers fishing in Ghanaian waters. Other issues brought up include how poverty level in the fishing community is very high to the extent that fishermen sell their children out to other fishermen along the Volta. SNV has contacted the traditional Chiefs for communities, the District Assemblies, the Fisheries officers, and the Business Advisory centers under the Rural Enterprise program for both communities. Fish processing groups and fishermen associations have been met in both communities. Also the Central Region Fishermen and Fish processors association (CENFA) has been identified and other organisations such as Challenging Heights, Plan Ghana and International Needs have also been identified.

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  • SFMP Progress Report, October 22 – December 31, 2014 Coastal Resources Center 31 December 2014

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the first quarter of Year 1 (October 22 – December 31, 2014). It explains how partners significantly contributed to the achievement of set targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP.

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  • SFMP Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan Coastal Resources Center 1 December 2014

    This document outlines the plan for environmental management and mitigation of project activities. The first section of the report provides information on the activities to be implemented by the SFMP over Life-of-Project (LoP) and the determinations for each used to develop the later section of this report: the Environmental Management and Mitigation Plan.

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  • USAID/Ghana Projet de Gestion Durable de la Pêche Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 November 2014

    L’agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (USAID) a consacré 24 millions de dollars à la mise en oeuvre du projet USAID/Ghana de gestion durable de la pêche. L’objectif de ce projet de cinq ans (octobre 2014-octobre 2019) est de rétablir les stocks et les prises de pêche marine par une adoption de méthodes de pêche responsables. Le projet participe à l’accomplissement des objectifs du Ghana en matière de pê

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  • Award Document.The USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). US Agency for International Development 22 October 2014

    Document from USAID formally awarding the USAID/GHANA Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP).

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  • The USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) Year 1 Work Plan (October 2014-September 2015) Coastal Resources Center 1 October 2014

    This document lays out the objectives, activities and tasks for the first year of the USAID/Ghana SFMP.

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  • Fisheries Working Group Meeting in Central Region Friends of the Nation 13 May 2014

    Formation of a new Fisheries Working Group in the Central Region to promote stakeholder collaboration and enhance fisheries governance.

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  • Communications Strategy. Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2014

    This strategy serves as a plan to guide communications through the five-year tenure of the project and will be updated and amended at least semi-annually according to the dynamic nature of this project and its goals. The initial phase of SFMP concentrates primarily on rebuilding the small-pelagic fishery stocks through efforts and activities on the local, regional and national levels. Therefore, this initial communications strategy concerns itself with activities, publications, documents, messaging, audiences, events, etc. that have a direct impact on this priority fisheries objective.

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  • USAID/Ghana Projet de Gestion Durable de la Pêche Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2014

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