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  • 2018 Year Five Work Plan, October 1, 2018 to October 29, 2019

    Coastal ResourcesCenter 1 October 2018

    There are funding challenges that are reflected in the Year 5 work plan. On July 10, 2018 SFMP submitted a pipeline request for funding of US$ 2,598,917. On August 23, 2018 USAID informed SFMP that a budget modification would be made to provide US$1,750,00 in additional funding with the possibility that no additional funding would be available until March 31, 2019.This work plan reflects programming of the entire amount currently obligated through March 31, 2019.The project will require an additional obligation in FY 19,prior to April 1, 2019 of US$1,592,550 to carry SFMP activities through closeout of the project by Oct 29, 2019.

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  • 2018 SFMP Progress Report. April 1 To June 30, 2018

    Coastal Resources Center 1 July 2018

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the third quarter of Project Year 4 (FY18). 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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  • 2018 Strategy on Anti-Child Labor and Trafficking in Fisheries

    The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) 1 July 2018

    Child Labor and Trafficking (CLaT) is a major global problem that governments, civil society and development partners show grave concern about because of its devastating impact on society. The ILO's 2008 estimates asserts that about 60 percent of the 215 million boys and girls engaged in child labor occur in the agricultural sector (including fishing, aquaculture, livestock and forestry) while UNIDOC reports that a total of 161 countries are identified to be affected by human trafficking by either being a source, transit or destination country. US Department of State data indicates that an estimated 600,000 to 820,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders yearly, with approximately 50 percent being minors.

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  • 2018 SFMP Progress Report. January 1 to March 31, 2018.

    CRC 6 June 2018

    This progress report details activities, results, and lessons learned during the second quarter of Project Year 4 (FY18). *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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  • 2018 Summary of the 2016-2018 directed study course for Graduate Students studying integrated fisheries management.

    Robadue Donald 1 June 2018

    The aim of the directed study was to help new and continuing international students pursuing graduate degrees associated with CRC projects including Ghana and Malawi become established in their study and living situations, augmenting the support provided by their respective departments. *It sought to help them remain engaged with each other and as members of the network of researchers and professionals involved in their respective sponsoring projects at home.

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  • 2018 Rapport Projet Comfish Plus BPH BPT French

    Momar Yacinthe DIOP 1 June 2018

    La prise en compte de la formation des femmes dans la promotion et le développement de leurs activités de production gage de leur développement économique, est un véritable défi à relever pour la lutte contre la pauvreté. Le contexte socio- économique actuel secoué par des perturbations multiples (environnement déséquilibré, la rareté des ressources naturelles, la hausse des prix), a créé beaucoup de difficultés qui ont même perturbé la vie des femmes.

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  • 2018 Guide Bonnes Pratiques d’Hygiène Projet USAID Comfish Plus French

    Monsieur Momar Yacinthe DIOP 1 June 2018

    Ce guide s’adresse donc en priorité aux femmes évoluant dans le secteur de la transformation du poisson. Il constitue un référentiel qui a pour but de guider les actrices dans leurs activités de tous les jours. Il est en même temps un répertoire de comportements et d’attitudes qui prend en compte toutes les opérations dans le processus de transformation de produits alimentaires à base de poissons. S’adressant à un public avec un faible niveau d’alphabétisation, il a été réalisé dans un langage simple, illustré par des images.

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  • 2018 Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (Revised May, 2018)

    Coastal Resources Center 1 May 2018

    Following USAID ADS 203 guidance, this document serves as the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (M&E Plan). The M&E Plan is a tool for planning, managing, evaluating, and documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the project. It will help us methodologically evaluate and communicate the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. It will be part of our overarching learning strategy that is based on adaptive management, sound science for management, stakeholder participation, and periodic self-evaluation. The M&E Plan includes two major components. First is the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) and its associated indicator reporting which is tied to the project goal and intermediate results. Second is a knowledge management and learning strategy to communicate and share information, results, and lessons—and solicit input and feedback for adaptive management. This approach will optimize the project’s performance and ensure accountability to USAID and the Ghanaian and American people.

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  • 2018 Shellfish Co-Management: Peer to Peer Study Tour to Western Benin Oyster Communities

    Adité, Alphonse, Adité, Perpétue, Agbey-Dedei, Sarah, Asare, Abraham, Janha, Fatou, Kent, Karen 1 May 2018

    This Shellfish Co-Management Peer to Peer Study Tour to Western Benin Oyster Communities was part of a series of peer to peer capacity development actions facilitated by USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) to support a women-led participatory fisheries co-management planning process for sustainable management of the Densu River estuary oyster fishery in Ghana in partnership with Development Action Associates (DAA). The Densu estuary co-management planning process is modelled on the participatory, ecosystem-based, rights-based co-management approach implemented in The Gambia by the TRY Oyster Women’s Association (TOWA) and the Department of Fisheries, facilitated by the University of Rhode Island (URI) under the USAID/BaNafaa Project. The Benin study tour built on previous peer to peer capacity development activities organized by SFMP

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  • 2018 TRY Oyster Women’s Association Technical Assistance Visit to DAA and Densu Oyster Picker’s Association.

    Janha, Fatou 1 May 2018

    The purpose of this Technical Assistance visit was to follow up on a recent March 2018 study tour of two Densu Oyster Picker’s Association (DOPA) oyster pickers and one DAA staff from Ghana to The Gambia and to support the application of lessons learned. The Ghanaian women came to The Gambia to visit oyster harvesting communities and learn the best oyster harvesting methods, good governance and co- management practices, as well as post-harvest processing and marketing techniques. From May 1 – 5, 2018, a team of three people led by Fatou Janha, Director of TOWA, Lamin Saine from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Isatou Jarju from TOWA, conducted a 5-day visit to the DOPA women oyster pickers in the Densu River estuary delta in Ghana.

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  • 2018 A Guide on Illegal Fishing Activities in Ghana

    Afoakwah, Richmond. 1 April 2018

    This manual is intended to contribute immensely to the development of fisheries, and the value chain in Ghana, improve profitability; and gains to fisheries law enforcers, fishermen, and fish processors would be quantitatively demonstrated.

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  • 2018 Status of the small pelagic stocks in Ghana and recommendations to achieve sustainable fishing 2017

    Lazar, N., Yankson K., Blay, J., Ofori-Danson, P., Markwei, P., Agbogah, K., Bannerman, P., Sotor, M., Yamoah, K. K., Bilisini, W. B. 1 April 2018

    This report provides an update of the status of the small pelagic fish stocks in Ghana through 2017. It was led by the Scientific and Technical Working Group (STWG) of the USAID/ Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). The information contained here was obtained from the Fisheries Scientific and Survey Division (FSSD) of the Fisheries Commission (FC) of Ghana and other available information. In this report we use the best available scientific information to show the status of small pelagic stocks in Ghana. Although these stocks extend beyond the borders of Ghana’s EEZ, we assume, for management purposes only, that the landings from Ghana form single small pelagic stock. While we recognize that this assumption may not be valid but since the landings realized in the EEZ of Ghana represent a large share of the Gulf of Guinea, it is fair to assume that that this assessment is indicative of the rest of the stock outside the boundaries of Ghana.

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  • 2018 Rapport Trimestriel N0-2 1 Janvier 2018 – 31 Mars 2018

    1 April 2018

    L’objectif du projet USAID/COMFISH Plus est d’appuyer les efforts du Gouvernement du Sénégal visant à réformer le secteur de la pêche et à augmenter la résilience des communautés de pêcheurs et leurs moyens d’existence. Cela passe par le renforcement des conditions préalables nécessaires à l’amélioration de la gouvernance des pêcheries, l’accès à la science pour appuyer les processus de prise de décision, l’identification et l’adoption de mesures contribuant à améliorer la résilience au changement climatique.

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  • 2018 COMFISH Plus Mise en place des unités de concertation Sine Saloum

    Minata DIA 1 March 2018

    Ce document est un compte rendu de la mise en place des Unités de Concertation émanant des CLPA de Toubacouta, Missirah, Foundiougne, Djirnda, Bassoul, Niodior, Fimela et Palmarin pour la mise en oeuvre du Plan de Gestion Participatif de la pêcherie de l’ethmalose au Sine Saloum.

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  • 2018 Training on Healthy Fish Handling for Fish Processors

    Development Action Association 1 March 2018

    Hygienic Fish Handling Training was conducted for (30) thirty fishermen and thirty (30) Fishmongers on 21st and 22nd March 2017 at the interim Fisheries Training Centre at Tsokomey in the Ga South Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region. The objectives of this workshop was to help fishers to identify critical points in post-harvest handling of fish that leads to spoilage, to improve fish quality to satisfy consumers, to improve fish quality to increase profit and to avoid unnecessary spoilage of fish after harvest and through the value chain of fish handling.

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  • 2018 Hygienic Fish Handling, New Improved Stove And Consumer Awareness Campaign

    Affel R., Smith. N. 1 February 2018

    The Hygienic Fish Handling, New Improved Oven and Consumer Awareness Creation Campaigns were organized in the four Project target Communities in Central and Western Regions of Ghana namely Elmina, Moree, Anlo-Beach and Sekondi/Ngyeresia. Each of the campaigns was climaxed with a grand durbar. In all, 483 people participated in the campaign comprising of Chiefs, Chief Fishermen, Canoe Owners, Elders, Market Queens, District Assembly Representatives, Food and Drugs Authority Representatives and Fishermen and Fish Processors/Mongers. The campaign has for its purpose awareness creation on the importance of handling fish under hygienic conditions from net to plate. It was also to educate the people on the new improved oven (Ahotor Oven). The durbar ended successfully with its objectives achieved.

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  • 2018 Fisheries and Food Security: A briefing from the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, January 2018

    Coastal Resources Center 1 February 2018

    The Fisheries sector plays a significant role in the Ghanaian economy overall. It directly employs 263,000 people and is estimated to contribute to the livelihoods of 2.6 million Ghanaians. Ghana’s fish trade deficit is growing. In 2013, it increased to US$319 million while fish imports grew to US$373 million. The small-scale artisanal (canoe) fishery is an important sector of Ghana’s economy and plays significant roles in supporting livelihoods and food security. This fishery produced 70% of the marine fish supply in 2015. Reducing the total fishing effort to the targets recommended by a science and technical working group15 would allow small-pelagic stocks to recover and rebuild. The potential maximum production by 2030 is 90,000MT. Improved post-harvest handling and processing can reverse current post-harvest losses in the value chain that range from 4% to 50% of salted, dried and smoked fish products in Africa. USAID’s significant investments are achieving results and contributing to its country strategy and Ghana’s fisheries and food security development agenda.

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  • 2018 MSMEs/VSLAs Formative Evaluation Report

    McNally, C., Crawford, B. Nyari-Hardi, B., Torell, E. 1 February 2018

    This report presents the results of a study conducted to evaluate the outcomes of the SFMP and CSLP projects support to enhance coastal livelihoods and improve fisheries the post-harvest value chain. The overall purpose of the formative evaluation of project supported MSMEs, VSLAs, and coastal livelihoods are to examine the relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of projects activities. The assessment also gauges the extent to which individual characteristics, geography, and other intervention factors influence change – and the degree of change.

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  • 2018 Report On Learning Tour To Torkor For SFMP Partners And Selected Stakeholders

    Semordzi, Edem. 1 February 2018

    The main objectives of the tour were: *To Provide a learning platform for partners on the Torkor Model. *Experience and understand how real changes on the ground were achieved. *Find opportunities for replication in the Central Region.

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  • 2018 COMFISH PLUS RAPPORT TRIMESTRIEL 1er Octobre 2017 – 31 Décembre 2017

    Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island 31 January 2018

    Ce rapport décrit les progrès réalisés dans la mise en oeuvre des activités du premier trimestre du plan de travail de l’année fiscale 2018 du projet USAID/COMFISH PLUS.

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  • 2018 COMFISH PLUS FY18 Q1 Report Final

    Coastal Resources Center - CRC 1 January 2018

    The project objective is to support the Government of Senegal's efforts to reform the fisheries sector and increase the resilience of fishing communities and their livelihoods. The project does this by strengthening the enabling conditions for improved governance, including gender empowerment; improving access to science for decision making; and identifying and taking actions that increase resilience to climate change.

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  • 2018 SFMP Progress Report October 1 to December 31, 2017

    Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2018

    This progress report details the activities, results, and lessons learned during the first quarter of Year 4 (October 1, 2017 to December 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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  • 2018 Market Development and Financing Strategies for the Ahotor Oven.

    Owusu, D. 1 January 2018

    SNV has worked closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD), the Fisheries Commission (FC), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Food Research Institute (FRI), and other stakeholders to develop the improved Ahotor oven. This oven improves upon traditional methods of smoking fish, which have been found to raise health and environmental concerns for both the fish smoker and consumer. For instance, the continuous exposure to smoke triggers asthma and causes cancer in some cases while the smoked fish also contain PAH levels that are well above those recommended for human health, with the widely used Chorkor oven producing PAH levels 7-10 times above the EU standard. Despite the benefits presented by the Ahotor oven, its uptake among fish processors has been marginal. The objective of the Market Development and Financing Strategies, is to lay out the factors that are impeding the adoption of the oven – including constrained enabling environment, weak supply chain, and a lack of consumer awareness – and outline strategies to address them, including effective financing methods.

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  • 2018 Technical Brief: The Rationale and Impact of a Proposed Second Fishing Holiday for the Artisanal Fisheries of Ghana.

    Coastal Resources Center 1 January 2018

    This technical brief lays out the rationale and likely impacts of implementing a second traditional fishing holiday by the canoe fleet as one contribution to a suite of management measures needed to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks. It is a pathway to improved landings of fish that have been on the decline for over two decades. This fishing effort reduction measure is one of several measures mandated by the National Fisheries Management Plan for the marine sector adopted in 2015. The second fishing holiday has the support of key national fisheries stakeholder associations including the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council and the National Fish Processors and Traders Association. It is recommended that the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development issue a public notice of a fisheries regulation for an additional non-fishing day for the Western, Central, Greater Accra and Volta regions on Sunday each week, as well as Tuesday as a non-fishing day for Western, Central and Greater Accra, and Saturday as non-fishing day for the Volta region.

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  • 2018 Rapport Diagnostic Projet Comfish Plus

    Coastal Resources Center 1 December 2017

    Ce présent rapport de mission est le résultat d’un diagnostic participatif de cinq sites de transformation artisanale de produits halieutiques de Cayar, Yenne Todd, Guéreuw (Guéréo), Pointe Sarène et Missirah dans le cadre du projet USAID/COMFISH Plus pour une amélioration de la qualité et une meilleure mise en marché des produits halieutiques transformés, à travers l’établissement d’un état des lieux des unités de transformation ciblées. Elle s’est déroulée du 06 au 08 Décembre et du 11 au 13 Décembre 2017.

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