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The proposed objectives will be achieved through the following expected results with the following activities:

Result 1: Institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management improved

The major thrust of this result area is to strengthen Africa's capacity for optimizing wealth from sustainable fisheries management through enhanced fisheries sector coordination, efficient MCS to curb IUU fishing activities, implementation of scientific-based fisheries management regimes, and effective participation in regional and international fisheries fora.

  • Activity 1.1 Enhance coordination in the fisheries sector for expeditious development of the sector
  • Activity 1.2 Strengthen institutional capacity and systems for effective MCS to combating IUU fishing
  • Activity 1.3 Support effective participation of African countries in RFMOs for sustainable high sea fisheries management
  • Activity 1.4 Promote coherence and harmonization in fisheries policies and regulatory frameworks
  • Activity 1.5 Ratification/adoption/application of international instruments for sustainable fisheries management
  • Activity 1.6 Strengthen capacities for stock assessment, ecosystem -based surveys and fisheries statistical data collection
  • Activity 1.7 Enhance capacities for fish diseases surveillance and control, timely collection, analysis and sharing of accurate sanitary information
  • Activity 1.8 Strengthen capacities and promote regional arrangements for improved negotiation of fisheries access arrangements
  • Activity 1.9 Strengthen capacities for access to market

Result 2: Sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies enhanced

This result area will aim at improving management of the small-scale fisheries for increased sustainable contribution to livelihoods, food and nutrition security, social-welfare, as well as increasing resilience. The small scale fisheries are crucially important for African communities as sources of livelihoods, food security and income. The full realization of this potential is constrained by weak institutional and resource capacities, resulting in unsustainable fishing practices and dwindling resource base.

  • Activity 2.1 Strengthen policies and development strategies for inland water bodies
  • Activity 2.2 Develop fisheries management plans for capture inland water fisheries
  • Activity 2.3 Strengthen stakeholder organization, participation and promotion of community-based management of small-scale fisheries
  • Activity 2.4 Strengthen capacity for improved management practices, including TURFs (territorial use rights fisheries), Co-managements, and establishment of MPAs (marine protected areas)
  • Activity 2.5 Support capacity development for sustainable development of ornamental fisheries and trade

Result 3: Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development strengthened

The project will focus on capacity strengthening for sustainable aquaculture development. Despite decades of practice on aquaculture, the contribution of the aquaculture sub-sector is still marginally low as compared to capture fisheries. Despite signs of growth in countries like Nigeria, Egypt and Ghana, African aquaculture has been unable to adequately respond to the continent's nutritional needs. The major challenge is capacity building and regulatory frameworks to support sustainable commercial aquaculture development.

  • Activity 3.1 Develop or improve regulatory frameworks and strategies for aquaculture development
  • Activity 3.2 Strengthen capacities and policy frameworks for environmental monitoring, habitat and ecosystems preservation in aquaculture practices
  • Activity 3.3 Strengthening aquaculture network and information sharing
  • Activity 3.4 Develop appropriate extension and service delivery strategy for aquaculture development

Result 4: Advocacy, lessons learning for knowledge sharing and capacity for increased returns from fisheries and access to market enhanced

  • Activity 4.1 Strengthen capacity for evidence based advocacy
  • Activity 4.2 Support advocacy fora for fisheries reforms
  • Activity 4.3 Strengthen capacity and support AU member states to mainstream fisheries in CAADP and development of fisheries and aquaculture investment plans