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  • 2019 GUIDE D’ELABORATION DES PLANS D’AMENAGEMENT DES PECHERIES A MADAGASCAR

    Le Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Elevage et de la Pêche 1 December 2020

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  • 2020 SFMP Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2020

    Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2020

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Project Year 6 (FY20). 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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  • 2020 SFMP Year 6 Amended and COVID Response Cost Extension Period Work Plan. October 1, 2019 – Sept 30, 2020

    Coastal Resources Center 28 May 2020

    This work plan provides an overview of activities scheduled for the terminal phase of the project including amended activities in the last part of Year 5 and extending into the No-Cost Extension period as well as an extension based on achieving the goal of the SFMP COVID-19 response initiative . Year 5 work was heavily impacted by two slow down notices from USAID that restricted funding availability in the first three quarters of the workplan year. With the no-cost extension approval and receipt of funds up to the agreement ceiling in the third quarter, some Year 5 activities that had been delayed previously have now been refined and captured in this amended Year 5 workplan period below (June – Sept, 2019). Work for the No-Cost Extension Period (Oct 2019 – Sept 2020) is also included. A portion of the work covered in this workplan is also part of the USAID’s Learning Initiative on Women’s Empowerment, Access to Finance, and Sustainable Fisheries. On May 28, 2020, the SFMP Cooperative Agreement with URI was modified to provide a 7-month cost extension through April 2021. A supplemental Program description was provided with the following result areas elaborated to achieve the goal of the SFMP COVID-19 response initiative: “To prevent the spread and mitigate the economic effects of COVID-19 among vulnerable households in fishing communities in Ghana.”

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  • 2020 Learning Initiative on Women’s Empowerment, Access to Finance, and Sustainable Fisheries Ghana Case Study

    USAID/SFMP 15 May 2020

    The SFMP case study examines learning questions on two hypotheses in two contexts: (1) small-scale estuarine ecosystems that applied community-based approaches to the management of finfish and oysters, and; (2) a large-scale fishery of migratory small pelagics, consisting mainly of anchovies and sardinella species that is under a national scale and centralized management regime. Interventions implemented through the Learning Initiative in Ghana for both types of fisheries included: • Improving access to finance for women fish processors and traders through the establishment of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA), and facilitating the acquisition of low interest loans from the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre; • Developing women’s leadership skills and promoting gender inclusion in fishery decision-making and benefit sharing; and • Improving businesses of women processors and traders through business, literacy, and improved post-harvest training.

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  • 2020 SFMP Progress Report. January 1 to March 31, 2020

    Coastal Resources Center 31 March 2020

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Project Year 6 (FY20). 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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  • 2019 Progress Report. October 1 to December 31, 2019

    Coastal Resources Center 31 December 2019

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the first quarter of Project Year 6 (FY19). 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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  • 2019 Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana in 2018

    Lazar, N., Yankson, K., Blay, J., Ofori-Danson, P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 December 2019

    This report provides an update of the status of the small pelagic fish stocks of Ghana through 2017. It was led by the FSSD, reviewed and validated by the Science and Technical Working Group (STWG) in June of 2018. The data used in this assessment were provided by Fisheries Commission/’s Fisheries Scientific and Survey Division (FC/FSSD) and the Fridjoft Nansen survey program. Annual landings of sardinella have declined from 100,000 tonnes. in mid-1990s to 19,000 tonnes. in 2017 as fishing effort increased from 8,000 in 1990 to 13,650 canoes in 2017. This drastic decline in landings is caused largely by the artisanal fishing fleet, which operates without proper management controls in an open access. In addition, the unit of effort of a canoe is more efficient today than in the past due to advanced technologies, modern fishing nets, powerful engines and big capital investments. For example, the average size of a purse seine was about 200-300 meters long in the 1970s but today it is 3 times larger - between 600-1000 meters in length and the average crew members on a canoe doubled from 10 to 20 fishermen. Canoe gross tonnage and capacity increased by 2.5 fold (from 2 to 5 metric tons) while the Catch per Unit Effort (CPUE) declined dramatically and the cost and timing of a fishing trip increased as fishermen spend more time searching for fish offshore.

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  • 2019 Report on Monitoring of MSMEs Activities in Project Target Communities (Moree And Anlo-Beach).

    Takyi, M. 1 December 2019

    Monitoring, learning and evaluation of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) is part of CEWEFIA year five work plan. In line with that CEWEFIA in the month of October from 1st to 15th October, 2019 embarked on monitoring of MSMES activities implemented so far in 2019 in the project communities; Moree, and Anlo-Beach in Central and Western Region respectively. The monitoring was done by the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Michael Takyi, CEWEFIA. The monitoring covered all the CEWEFIA activities implemented under the USAID/SFMP program so far including campaigns, education, trainings and sensitization programs. Village Savings and Loan groups, fish processing and demonstration centers and Woodlot plantation at Anlo-Beach were also visited.

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  • 2019 Report on Business Development Training for MSMEs at Ekon and Komenda

    Affel, R., Antwi, D., Addo, O. J., Smith, N. 30 November 2019

    As part of the efforts to achieve its vision; (“Improvement of socio-economic status of rural women and wellbeing of children and the community as whole”), CEWEFIA with support from USAID/SFMP organized a Four-Day Business Development Training for fish processors, fishmongers, fishermen, and all those who are engaged in fisheries related businesses in Ekon and Komenda, in Central Region from Monday, 4th November to Thursday 7th November, 2019. The objectives of the training were to improve the business management skills of its members and to assess the need for improved access to finance and advisory support for maximum income.

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  • 2019 Report on the Class-One Standard Training in MOree and Elmina.

    Opare Addo, J. 21 November 2019

    Fish processors from Moree and Elmina were involved in a one-day training held at the CEWEFIA Fish Processing and Training Center on 21st November 2019. The participants were 15 females. The training was facilitated by Mr. Kwame Damoah of Fisheries Commission and staff of CEWEFIA. The first session was used in discussing the class one certification and requirements. Discussions on registration with district assemblies and health certificates were carried out in this session. The second session was used to discuss the various steps in fish processing and the sanitary aspects of each stage. The third sessions was used to discuss proper and improper packaging of fish and fish products. The final session discussed the use of insecticides and pesticides by fish processors in their kitchens and the sale of fish to the various markets. Some issues were also identified during the training and the participants together with the facilitators made recommendations on how best to tackle the issues.

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  • 2019 Progress Report: Assessing the Biological Effects of the Fisheries Closed Season Implemented for the Artisanal and Semi-industrial Fisheries in Ghana, 2019

    Lazar, N., Darko. C., Ansong, E., Boateng, K. 1 November 2019

    The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) implemented a one month fishing ban for artisanal and semi-industrial fisheries from May 15 to June 15, 2019 to protect the spawning brood stock of small pelagic species, mainly Sardinella aurita, Sardinella maderensis, Engraulis encrasicolus and Scomber colias and reduce fishing effort on these stocks. Following the closed season declaration, the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission (FC/FSSD) in coordination with the STWG and with the support of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), established a monitoring and evaluation plan to assess the biological and socio-economic effects of the closed season and report the findings back to MOFAD. This report is a progress report on the biological effects of the closed season implemented from May 15 to June 15, 2019.

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  • 2019 Annual Progress Report. October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

    Coastal Resources Center, 31 October 2019

    This annual report updates project progress through Year 5 (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 20189) and provides information on how partners are contributing to the achievement of project targets and how these achievements will be sustained to meet the overarching goal of SFMP. One highlight that is key to achieving SFMP’S objectives, is the support for MOFAD/FC to adopt and implement specific management measures to reduce fishing capacity and effort. As part of efforts by MOFAD/FC to address the current rate of decline of the small pelagic stocks, rebuild and sustainably manage it, the Government of Ghana for the first time implemented a closed season for the artisanal and inshore fishery between May 15 – June 15, 2019 as well as an August 1 – September 30 2019 closure for the industrial trawler fishery. SFMP provided financial and technical support to MOFAD/FC to undertake biological and socio-economic surveys to assess the impact of the closure on fish stocks, fisher folk and consumers to inform policy makers on decisions related to implementation of future closed seasons and management of the fisheries resources. While the closures were relatively successful from a compliance perspective

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  • 2019 Progress Report: Assessing the Biological Effects Of The Fisheries Closed Season Implemented For The Artisanal And Semi-Industrial Fisheries in Ghana, 2019

    Lazar, N., Darko, C., Ansong, E., Boateng, K. 1 October 2019

    The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) implemented a one month fishing ban for artisanal and semi-industrial fisheries from May 15 to June 15, 2019 to protect the spawning brood stock of small pelagic species, mainly Sardinella aurita, Sardinella maderensis, Engraulis encrasicolus and Scomber colias and reduce fishing effort on these stocks. Following the closed season declaration, the Fisheries Scientific Survey Division of the Fisheries Commission (FC/FSSD) in coordination with the STWG and with the support of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), established a monitoring and evaluation plan to assess the biological and socio-economic effects of the closed season and report the findings back to MOFAD. This report is a progress report on the biological effects of the closed season implemented from May 15 to June 15, 2019

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  • 2019 Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Annual Report. October 1, 2018- September 30, 2019.

    Owusu, A. A. 1 October 2019

    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 2019 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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  • 2019 COMMUNIQUE from the Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment, Accra, 2019.

    University of Cape Coast 21 August 2019

    The 2nd Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment (CFCE Accra 2019) was held in Accra from 19th to 21st August 2019. The conference was attended by 282 participants drawn from Ghanaian universities, epresentatives from the USAID Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) with the University of Rhode Island, USA, Fisheries and Aquaculture Society of Ghana, Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea, Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank’s West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program, government ministries and agencies, private sector, civil society, research institutions, fisheries associations, fishermen, fishmongers and the media. The conference recognized -the national importance of marine and coastal ecosystems and fisheries to the people of Ghana providing livelihood for 2 million people and contributing 4.5% to the national GDP; -the importance of fish for the national food security strategy and livelihood; -that the fish stock is at an alarming stage and on the verge of collapsing; -the significant contribution and opportunity of the blue economy to the socio-economic development of Ghana; -the need for political will to include civil society in decision making for better fisheries and coastal the management -the need for regional collaboration among neighbouring countries; -the pollution and degradation of the coastal environment; and -the growing menace of pollution, particularly plastic wastes in our seas and made 12 specific recommendations to address these concerns.

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  • 2019 Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment, Accra, 2019, Book of Abstracts

    University of Cape Coast 19 August 2019

    The second edition of the Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment is jointly organised by the Centre for Coastal Management (CCM), the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project of the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) - University of Rhode Island (URI), and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) Ghana. Te Conference was designed to strengthen policy linkages and enable researchers, journalists, and think tanks connect their voices to the sustainable fsheries and coastal development agenda of Ghana. Following the success of the frst edition in September 2017 and the growing challenges of the coastal and marine environment of West Africa, CCM has collaborated with partners to execute the second edition with a regional focus. Te Conference provides an opportunity for a holistic discussion on coastal and marine resources, which are shared by millions of people, yet, threatened by a multiplicity of factors including poor management. CFCE Accra 2019 features panel discussions, keynote presentations and session papers. During this edition of the Conference, opportunity is also given to industry and projects within the sector to showcase key products and milestones as well as emerging technologies for the sustainable management of fsheries and coastal resources.

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  • 2019 Lessons Learned: 2014- 2019 Volume 2

    Robadue, D., Crawford, B., Abbey, N.O. 1 August 2019

    This report, referred to as “Legacy Set Document”, is a collection of relevant policy and management documents and short essays on thematic areas/issues covered during the implementation of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). The short essays describe the context at the start of the project, the project implementation approach, results, accomplishments, lessons learned and recommendations for the way forward. The report is organized into two (2) Volumes. Volume 2 covers: post-harvest improvements; gender mainstreaming, and combatting child labor and trafficking.

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  • 2019 Lessons Learned: 2014- 2019 Volume 1

    Robadue, D., Crawford, B., Abbey, N.O. 1 August 2019

    This report, referred to as “Legacy Set Document”, is a collection of relevant policy and management documents and short essays on thematic areas/issues covered during the implementation of the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). The short essays describe the context at the start of the project, the project implementation approach, results, accomplishments, lessons learned and recommendations for the way forward. The report is organized into two (2) Volumes. Volume 1 covers: legal and policy reform; co-management and constituencies; science for management and institutional strengthening.

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  • 2019 Report on Formation and Training of New VSLA Groups in CEWEFIA’s Target Communities (Ekon, Elmina And Anlo-Beach)

    Antwi, H., Affel, R., Smith, N. 1 August 2019

    Village Savings and Loan (VSLA) is a form of savings among limited self-selected number of community-based people of common economic background. This gives the members the opportunity to accessing loans for additional livelihood in a convenient manner aside bank loan. In view of that CEWEFIA Team as part of the project activities has engaged the community members in Elmina, Ekon and Anlo- Beach to introduce to them the VSLA concept.

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  • 2019 DRAFT Ankobra Estuary Community Based Fisheries Management Plan, Western Region, Ghana

    Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ghana Fisheries Commission 1 July 2019

    The objective of this community-based fisheries management plan is to ensure sustainable management of the Ankobra River Estuarine fishery and improved food security and livelihood benefits, especially for participating estuarine fishing communities as well as those involved in the fishery value chain.

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  • 2019 SFMP Progress Report. April 1 to June 30, 2019.

    Coastal Resources Center 30 June 2019

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Project Year 5 (FY19). 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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  • 2019 Year 5 Amended and No Cost Extension Period Work Plan. June 1, 2019 –September 30, 2020.

    Coastal Resources Center 1 June 2019

    This work plan provides an overview of activities scheduled for the terminal phase of the project including amended activities in the last part of Year 5 and extending into the No-Cost Extension period. Year 5 work was heavily impacted by two slow down notices from USAID that restricted funding availability in the first three quarters of the workplan year. With the no-cost extension approval and receipt of funds up to the agreement ceiling in the third quarter, some Year 5 activities that had been delayed previously have now been refined and captured in this amended Year 5 workplan period below (June – Sept, 2019). Work for the No-Cost Extension Period (Oct 2019 – Sept 2020) is also included. A portion of the work covered in this workplan is also part of the USAID’s Learning Initiative on Women’s Empowerment, Access to Finance, and Sustainable Fisheries.

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  • 2019 Final Report on Ahotor Oven Market Development and Financing Outcomes and Lessons Learned

    Owusu, D. 1 May 2019

    The objective of this report is to explore and review successes, challenges, and lessons learned related to SFMP’s efforts to increase the Ahotor oven’s adoption by fish processors and to recommend strategies to increase uptake of the Ahotor in Ghana going forward. This report is a synthesis of data from experiences and learnings from SFMP’s implementing partners, discusions with early adopters, and a desk study of existing research on fish processing in Ghana.

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  • 2019 Class 1 Recognition Scheme (Operational Guidance)

    SNV Netherlands Development Organisation 1 April 2019

    This manual is designed to create awareness on the requirements to qualify for the Class 1 Certification Scheme. It contains the checklist for the audit of fish processing facilities on to the recognition scheme. This manual is guide for processors who want to enroll on the scheme and a training manual for auditors of the scheme.

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  • 2019 Training of Enumerators for Socio-Economic Studies

    Ofori-Danson, P.K., Asiedu, B., Amponsah, S. 1 April 2019

    The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has declared the closed season to begin from the 15th May - 15th June 2019 for the artisanal fishery and that of the inshore and industrial fishery from 1st August - 30th September, 2019. This management measure is intended to contribute to rebuilding fish stocks by allowing fish to reproduce during the peak of the spawning season before capture.

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