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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 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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  • 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 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 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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  • 2016 SFMP Bi-annual Newsletter Vol. 1 (1)

    Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island 30 April 2016

    SFMP Maiden Newsletter describing briefly significant milestones achieved in Year One of project implementation

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