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Press Release - Fisheries Communication Workshop at Elmina, Ghana

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Fisheries Communication Workshop, Elmina, Ghana, 29th February – 4th March 2016.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Fisheries Communication Workshop, Elmina, Ghana, 29th February – 4th March 2016.29th February – 4th March 2016. A fisheries communication workshop was organized by African Union InterAfrican-Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the SubRegional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) from the 29th February to the 4th March 2016 in Elmina, Ghana. The objectives of the workshop were to enable African journalists in making fact-based reporting on fisheries issues and enhance their capacity to play active role in the implementation of the African Union African policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa at national and regional levels. There were over 100 journalists and communication specialists from over 40 member states of the Africa Union

The workshop also provided excellent opportunity for AU-IBAR to share with the journalists some of the outcomes, particularly in terms of lessons learnt and best practices, of activities that had been carried out in fisheries and aquaculture sector on the continent. The expectations were that such accurate knowledge-based reporting will create the needed awareness in countries and thereby create a better enabling environment for the reforms to which governments have engaged.

Brief opening and welcome statements were made by the World Bank Country Director in Ghana but also responsible for Sierra Leone and Liberia, Mr. Henry G.R. Kerali, the USAID Representative, Mr. Kofi Agbogah, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the SubRegional Fisheries Commission, Madam Marieme Talla Diagne and Dr, Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU-IBAR, on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed El-sawalhy.

Mr. Henry G.R. Kerali, the World Bank Country Manager, in his opening statement, expressed concern over overcapacity in the fisheries sector noting that there were too many boats chasing too few fish and if the trend continues unchecked, reviews have stated that there would be more plastics in the oceans than fish by the year 2050. The representative of AU-IBAR, Dr. Mohamed Seisay, reminded the participants of the uniqueness of the workshop and opportunity for African journalists to support sustainable fisheries development on the continent. He noted the timeliness of the workshop giving the urgent need to accurately inform the wider citizenry and decision-makers on the challenges, opportunities, the current benefits and inherent potential of the sector. He informed the journalists that the pan African policy fisheries and aquaculture policy framework and reform strategy provides an excellent opportunity for coherent development of African fisheries and aquaculture sector.

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Press Release - Southern Africa Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Aquaculture

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Southern African Regional Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management, 25-28 February 2015, Maputo, Mozambique.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Southern African Regional Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management, 25-28 February 2015, Maputo, Mozambique.25th to 28th February, 2016. Maputo, Mozambique. The consultative workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management for the Southern Africa Region was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) with support from the European Union.

The overall focus of this workshop was to embark upon the development of appropriate regional and continental frameworks on environmental management for sustainable aquaculture development that shall provide the basis for sectoral policy and management. The specific objectives of this workshop therefore were to (i) inform and enable participants to apply the principles of ecosystems approach to aquaculture (EAA) at the sectoral level; (ii) identify key components to develop and implement appropriate mechanisms for specific regional and national environmental management of aquatic animal production systems; (iii) formulate draft regional frameworks for environmental management for commercial aquaculture development and zonation for Southern African - region; and (iv) help the SADC region to validate the draft Aquaculture Strategy that incorporates and promotes EAA approaches.

The meeting was attended by participants from 11 Southern African countries which include Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Other participants were from the FAO, Research and Academic Institutions in Southern Africa and the Private Sector.

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Press Release - Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management for North Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Workshop on Aquaculture Environemal Management for North Africa, 11-13 February 2016, Cairo, Egypt.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Workshop on Aquaculture Environemal Management for North Africa, 11-13 February 2016, Cairo, Egypt.11th – 13th February 2016, Cairo, Egypt. A consultative workshop on aquaculture environmental management for the North Africa and Great Lakes Region was organised by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) with support from the European Union from the 11-13 February 2016 in Cairo, Egypt. The overall focus of this workshop was to embark upon the development of appropriate regional and continental frameworks on environmental management for sustainable aquaculture development that shall provide the basis for sectoral policy and management. The specific objectives of this workshop were to (i) inform and enable participants apply the principles of ecosystems approach to aquaculture at the sectoral level; (ii) identify key components to develop and implement appropriate mechanisms for specific regional and national environmental management of aquatic animal production systems; and (iii) formulate draft regional frameworks for environmental management for commercial aquaculture development and zonation for Northern African.

The meeting was attended by over 10 participants from North African region including 3 African Union member states namely Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania; 4 Professors respectively from Suez Canal University, Benha University, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Agricultural Research Center (ARC); 2 representatives from WorldFish and lastly African Union staff.

The meeting was officially opened by Prof Ahmed El-sawahly, Director of AU-IBAR. The meeting was informed by several technical presentations.

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Training Workshop on Capacity Building on Fishing Vessel Boarding, Inspection, Enforcement and Prosecution Procedures for Effective Combat, Deterrence, and Elimination of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) in West Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Participants at training workshop on strengthening capacity on MCS issues (Enforcement and Prosecution) for  West Africa, 18-20 February, 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Participants at training workshop on strengthening capacity on MCS issues (Enforcement and Prosecution) for West Africa, 18-20 February, 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.18-20 February 2016 - Abuja, Nigeria. A training workshop on strengthening capacity in fishing vessel boarding, inspection, enforcement and prosecution procedures for effectively combating, deterring and eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in West Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) , with support from the European Union, in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from 15-17 February, 2016.

The overall objective of the meeting was to strengthen and /or build the capacity of relevant holders in countries of West Africa in MCS issues, including fishing vessel boarding, inspection, enforcement and prosecution to effectively combat IUU fishing in the region.
The training workshop was officially declared open by Dr. Simplice Nouala, the AU-IBAR Chief Animal production Officer on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy. The training was conducted by Mr. Kwame Mfodwo, Fisheries Technical Assistant to AU-IBAR under the Fisheries Governance project and Dr, Mary Ann Palma Robles, Visiting Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia.

The workshop was attended by about 70 participants comprising mainly of Directors of Fisheries, Heads of MCS Units, personnel from the Judiciary and naval divisions in West African coastal states (Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire) , representatives from ECOWAS, SubRegional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) , Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA), Indian Ocean Commission, European Union, Ministerial Conference of Countries Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (ATLAFCO), Non-state actors, experts and African Union staff.

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Workshop on Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) to Deter, Combat and Illiminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) in West Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Workshop on strengthening regional cooperation in monitoring, control and surveillance for effective fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa, 15-17 February 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Workshop on strengthening regional cooperation in monitoring, control and surveillance for effective fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa, 15-17 February 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.15-17 February 2016 - Abuja, Nigeria. A workshop on strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance to effectively combat, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa was jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), with support from the European Union, in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from 15-17 February, 2016.

The overall objective of the meeting was the identification of priority actions for strengthening MCS capacity at national and regional levels as well as proposing options for establishing effective regional cooperation on MCS matters. The specific objectives were to (i) identify challenges and constraints to effective national and regional MCS (ii) identify priority actions for national and regional plan of actions to deter, combat and illuminate IUU and ( iii) develop a roadmap for establishing/strengthening of regional MCS Centre(s).

The meeting was attended by about 50 participants including Directors of Fisheries and MCS Experts from West African coastal states (Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire), representatives from ECOWAS, SubRegional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) , Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA), Indian Ocean Commission, European Union, the Ministerial Conference of Countries Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (ATLAFCO), European Union, ECOWAS, Non-state actors, experts and African Union staff.

The opening ceremony marked by four statements from the representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, ECOWAS, AU-IBAR and the European Union. Mrs. Louise Hill, the representative of European Union, expressed appreciation to AU-IBAR and ECOWAS for extending invitation to the European Union to participate in the highly important meeting. IUU fishing wherever it occurs, she noted, is of serious concern to EU and that EU is ready to work with partners in the fight against this practice.