CIFA TECHNICAL PAPER
Source book for the inland fishery resources of Africa
J.P. Vanden Bossche
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PREPARATION OF THIS DOCUMENT
The Source Book evolved from two earlier CIFA publications: “The Inland Waters of Africa” (1972), and “The Inland Fisheries of Africa” (1979), both by Dr R.L. Welcomme. Dr Garry Bernacsek, in the capacity of a consultant to FAO during the early 1980's, fused the two original publications, checked water bodies against large-scale maps, added tables on national catch and country characteristics from the FAO Yearbook of Fishery Statistics and generated potential yield estimates based on models similar to those developed by Henderson and Welcomme (1974). The Source Book reached a first draft stage in 1987.
In 1989 Mr J-P. Vanden Bossche was hired as an FAO consultant to verify, edit, correct and update the earlier work, expand the coverage by combing the literature for information on new water bodies, add key references and maps of individual water bodies and countries and to compile a bibliography. This was completed in mid-1990.
Financing has come from a variety of sources. Much of the earlier work on SIFRA was funded by the Regular Programme of the FAO Inland Water Resources and Aquaculture Service. The Fisheries Policy and Planning Service also contributed. The bulk of the financing for the recent consultant work on updating and expanding, as well as printing and distribution, came from an FAO/Netherlands Regional Trust Fund Project, GCP/RAF/257/NET. The European Economic Community, through its activity “Ecology in Developing Countries”, generously paid the costs of professional document preparation for the Source Book.
FAO welcomes comments on this publication. Any updates, corrections and additions also would be most sincerely appreciated. Correspondence should be directed to the Chief, Inland Water Resources and Aquaculture Service, FAO Fisheries Department, Rome, 00100 Italy.
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Vanden Bossche, J.-P.; Bernacsek, G.M. Source book for the inland fishery resources of Africa: 3. CIFA Technical Paper, No. 18.3. Rome, FAO. 1991. 219p.
The Source Book for the Inland Fishery Resources of Africa (SIFRA) is a compendium, water body-by-water body, country-by-country, of information on inland fisheries and related topics.
The overall objective is to promote inland fisheries management and development by providing comprehensive information on Africa's inland fisheries in a uniform format, readily accessible to planners, policy makers and fishery workers.
The Source Book, presented in three books, is subdivided into 53 country and associated island files. The countries in Book 3 are: Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, and West Sahara.
Each country file is subdivided into seven sections: Geography and Climate, Hydrography, Fishery Production and Potential, State of the Fishery, Key Bibliography, Water Bodies Directory, and Bibliography.
Under the Water Bodies Directory in each country file the water bodies are presented in alphabetical order under four basic categories: Lakes; Rivers, Floodplains and Swamps; Reservoirs; and Coastal Lagoons.
Inland water bodies are assumed to be located entirely within one country unless identified as “International waters” (indicated under the water body name).
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