Regional Office

 

 for Africa (RAF)

 

 

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Fisheries

RAF's key activities in fisheries are:

Fisheries Information, Statistics, Economics and Policy

RAF worked through the Secretariat of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) to improve the collection, analysis and reporting of fisheries information and statistics on major demersal and small pelagic species in the region. The efforts were complemented by collaboration with the Fish Code-STF Project and the Nansen Programme on building capacity of national fisheries administration and research personnel on fisheries stock assessment and ecosystem approach to fisheries management.

Socio-economic studies in artisanal fisheries were conducted and fisheries policy was formulated in Liberia within the CECAF assistance to member countries.

Fisheries Management and Conservation

The approach adopted within this entity is the strengthening of the regional and sub-regional fisheries bodies through regular statutory meetings, consultations and organizing the working groups constituted within the Scientific Sub-Committee of the main FAO Regional Fishery body, CECAF.

Fisheries resources management measures are formulated in the meetings and disseminated to member countries.

Fisheries Products and Industry 

 In light of the dwindling fish resources coupled with the steady increase in demand and the developments in market access requirements, improving fish utilization for human consumption contributes significantly to socio-economic development and food security. Therefore targeted this area as a priority and collaborated with FIIU to revitalize interaction between technologists/researchers in Africa through regional workshops. Fish loss assessment techniques are also improved through guidelines and a manual developed with the countries. Technical assistance on improving product quality for inter-regional and international trade continued to be of concern to RAF.

Contact (Fisheries)

FAO regional Office for Africa
Gamel Abdul Nasser Road
P.O. Box 1628
Accra-Ghana
Tel.: +233 30 2675000
Fax: +233 30 2668497 / 7010943

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Aquaculture

The major RAF work in aquaculture is based on the Special Programme for Aquaculture Development in Africa (SPADA) which is indeed based on lessons learnt over thirty years of effort and described, among others, in the CIFA-RAF publication on Guiding Principles. Work continues to be between 55-75% "field" programme in terms of support to Member Countries, particularly through extra-budgetary support -- mostly TCPs but also UTFs and GCPs.

SPADA is founded on several principles including the commonalities among national programmes and the high degree of transferability of technologies. The foundations of SPADA were set in 1998 with the first RAF regional aquaculture programme which identified the principles and used them in a common approach across the region. These have now been fine-tuned and formalized into SPADA and its important sub-activity, the Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF). These actions being the centerpieces of the current RAF aquaculture programme along with the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (CIFAA).

Contact (Aquaculture)

FAO Regional Office for Africa
Gamel Abdul Nasser Road
P.O. Box 1628
Accra-Ghana
Tel.: +233 30 2675000
Fax: +233 30 2668497 / 7010943