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  • 2017 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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  • 2017 QUARTERLY REPORT October 1, 2016 –December 31, 2016

    Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 January 2017

    This report focuses on progress made on USAID/COMFISH Plus start-up and on implementing the annual fiscal year 2017 work plan during the first quarter (October 1 – December 31, 2016).

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  • 2017 QUARTERLY REPORT January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017

    Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island 1 April 2017

    This report describes the progress made in implementing the Q2 activities of the FY17 COMFISH Plus work plan.

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  • 2017 Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana (2015)

    Lazar, N, Yankson K, Blay J., Ofori-Danson P., Markwei P., Agbogah K., Bannerman P., Sotor M., Yamoa K. K., Bilisini W. B. 30 June 2017

    The marine fisheries sector in Ghana plays an important role in its contribution to the GDP, employment, livelihood strategies, food security and poverty reduction. This sector is composed of four main fishing subsectors: 1) Artisanal fisheries, 2) Inshore fisheries, 3) Industrial Trawl fisheries and 4) Tuna or large pelagic fisheries. Within the continental shelf, fishing is carried out by an important artisanal sub-sector operating from about 186 fishing villages and 292 landing beaches along within 26 coastal metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the four regions of Ghana

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  • 2017 Designing and scoping climate change vulnerability assessments for coastal national parks in the northeast region: Guidance and lessons learned

    Ricci, G., D. Robadue, Jr., and A. L. Babson 1 April 2017

    To plan for climate change adaptation, park resource managers need scientific information identifying the susceptibility of resources to climate change, when impacts are expected and how they are expected to interact with existing stressors. Climate change vulnerability assessments are a priority for many parks to support adaptation planning, but there is a need for park specific guidance on scoping, implementing and using vulnerability assessments. Several frameworks and resources are available focusing on coastal communities and on natural resources. This document summarizes some of these and draws lessons from assessments already completed or underway in parks in the Northeast. The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated a range of climate change research and monitoring actions that address park vulnerability assessment needs. This guide provides additional materials to assist coastal parks in the Northeast Region (NER) to move forward with their vulnerability assessments and describes how to apply results to management. While the frameworks and examples that are the focus of this guide were primarily developed for natural resources, cultural resources and facilities examples are provided as available. This guide represents the combined experience and guidance from NER coastal park resource managers in hopes that others in the region will be aware of the numerous activities happening and lessons learned in the region.

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  • 2017 Progress Report. January 1 To March 31, 2017. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project

    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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  • 2017 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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  • 2017 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 Rebuilding Depleted Small Pelagic Stocks in Ghana.Closed Fishing Season Proposal to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development

    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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 Lessons from the Practice of Marine Spatial Planning: Teaching Case Studies

    Jennifer McCann 30 April 2016

    Curricula developed for the teaching of marine spatial planning(MSP)

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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 Millennium Insurance Partnership Forum

    SSG Advisors 10 March 2016

    Workshop to create Strategic Partnership Concept Paper to outline goals and roles and responsibilities of partners.

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