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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 Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2017. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project

    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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  • 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 Community Restores Degraded Mangroves Fast!

    1 January 2017

    Success story about the Sanwoma community restored degraded mangroves

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  • 2017 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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  • 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 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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  • 2017 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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  • 2017 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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  • 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 Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Annual Report

    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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 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 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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