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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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  • 2016 Our Fish. Our Coast. Our Future.

    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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 2016 Partnership Strategy

    SSG Advisors 29 February 2016

    Detailed Strategic Partnership document that outlines partnerships among private and national and local levels of government in Ghana.

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