Complementary Activities on Fisheries Governance

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The Fish Gov project will complement the following interventions:

The NEPAD FAO Fish Programme for Africa (NFFP)

The NFFP is implementing activities for improved governance, application of ecosystem-based approach and mitigation of climate change. The project will build on this collaboration in the specific areas of climate change adaptation measures, statistical data collection, fostering institutional linkages between RECs, RFBs and CSOs, aquaculture development and networking, and dissemination of best practices in fisheries governance. AU-IBAR is a member of the steering committee of this project.

The WWF-East Africa Coastal initiative

The Fish Gov proposal would complement WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative in the SWIO (Southwest Indian Ocean) in strengthening capacity of AU MS in SWIO for optimizing benefits from exploitation of tuna and tuna-like species, promoting implementation of RBFM and fostering regional collaboration for shared fish stocks management.

The WWF-WAMPO WAMER project in West Africa

The West African Marine Ecoregion (WAMER) programme started in 2000 and is run from Dakar, Senegal and funded by WWF. It is designed to address critical marine biodiversity and fisheries issues in the West African eco- region. WWF is in partnership with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), WI (Wetlands International) and NEPAD.

The Fish Gov project would complement the activities of this programme in improving management capacity for marine protected areas, expanding the scope for capacity building in fisheries access arrangements and improving management of small-scale fisheries.


PAF is the International Partnership for African Fisheries Governance and Trade implemented by the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency and funded by DFID. PAF works to improve the sustainability of Africa's fisheries and improve the returns provided by this sector. Through PAF, AU organised the first Conference of African Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) in September 2010, which has provided the basis for the on-going work on Pan-African fisheries Policy Framework and Reform Strategy.

The Fish Gov project would complement the activities (for institutional building and linkages) of the PAF working groups in aquaculture development, fisheries governance and IUU fishing, finance and small-enterprise development and trade. The working group on governance has conducted major interventions on issues of good governance for sustainable fisheries, including supporting policy and legislative review, enhancing transparency in fisheries management, and supporting implementation of conservation measures such as marine protected areas (e.g. Sierra Leone and Ghana). The PAF working on SIP (Stop Illegal Fishing) has fostered collaboration and established mechanisms for cooperation between countries (e.g. Liberia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Namibia) in curbing IUU fishing.

EU-ACP Fish 11 Programme in the African Region

The aim of the programme is to improve fisheries management in ACP countries so as to ensure that fisheries resources under the jurisdiction of these countries are exploited in a sustainable manner. The programme is implemented in Western, Central, Eastern and Southern African. The project will synergize and complement activities of this programme, particularly in the following programmatic areas: i) Improvement of fisheries policies and management plans at regional and national levels; ii) Development of business-supportive regulatory frameworks and private sector investment; and iii) Knowledge and information dissemination on fisheries management and trade at regional level.

World Bank PROFISH Programme - 'Scramble for fish' project'

The PROFISH is a global programme on fisheries aimed at promoting and facilitating the increased contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to sustainable economic growth, better nutrition, economic opportunities for women, and poverty alleviation.

The Fish Gov project would complement the activities of this programme by utilizing the outputs of the activities of PROFISH programme on the evaluation of status of fisheries access agreements in targeted countries. Under the Scramble for Fish programme, and jointly with PAF, information is being generated, through case studies, on fisheries access agreements between selected AU coastal states (e.g. Mozambique, Senegal) and EU or bilateral agencies (e.g. Korea, China). The project will utilize the outcome of these case studies to complement the capacity-building activities on equitable and sustainable fisheries access agreements on the continent. AU-IBAR has also conducted two continental training workshops for AU MS, on capacity development for negotiating fair fisheries access agreements and thus will complement the activities of this project.

The Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme for West Africa (PRCM)

The Fish Gov project will liaise with the PRCM to complement activities in awareness creation and knowledge broadening in EU Common Fisheries Policy and the necessary reforms by mobilizing stakeholders, especially women in fisheries management activities; integrated coastal zone management, including implementing frameworks for establishing MPAs and their management.

Indian Ocean Commission/SMARTFISH programme for Indian Ocean

One of the primary tasks of the EU-funded SMARTFISH Programme is that regional fisheries strategies and policy instruments are harmonised and brought into one overall implementable process to ensure sustainable outcomes in marine and inland fisheries management and development through a more appropriate framework.

The Fish Gov project would be complemented by the EU SMARTFISH Indian Ocean project in the specific areas of fostering coherence in regional fisheries policy, aquaculture development, and cross-cutting issues, particularly on gender and youth.

The Fish Trade Project by World Fish, AU-IBAR and NPCA

The Fish Gov project will strengthen capacity for regional trade in fish and fish product for increased food security and poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Synergies and complementarities would be developed between Fish Gov and the Fish Trade project in capacity development in SPS, and food quality and safety issues, and capacity development for an accredited competent authority for certification.

On-going AU-IBAR initiatives

AU-IBAR is implementing a suite of initiatives geared towards enforcing the contribution of fisheries to food security, poverty alleviation and economic growth on the continent. The Fish Gov project will complement the work initiated by AU-IBAR on the formulation and implementation of a coordination mechanism in African fisheries, capacity building in negotiating equitable and sustainable fisheries access arrangements, capacity building for coherent fisheries policy development, aquaculture development, sustainable management of large marine ecosystems, and fostering institutional linkages.


The Fish Gov project will complement the activities of the PANSPSO on capacity and institutional strengthening for SPS standards setting and promoting compliance with these standards.
ARIS (Animal Resource Information System) fish disease reporting will be done through the disease module of ARIS whereas a separate module of fisheries database will be created.

Veterinary Governance Project.

The Fish Gov project will complement the ongoing activities of the AU-IBAR veterinary governance (Vet-Gov) project on consultation processes for formulation of regulatory of frameworks and policies.

Aquaculture industry assessment by AU-IBAR, FAO and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

AU-IBAR, in collaboration with NPCA, is working towards the development of a Pan African aquaculture strategy. In this regard, AU-IBAR, FAO and USDA are presently conducting an industry assessment in selected AU member states for articulating lessons and packaging best practices for sustainable aquaculture development on the continent.

Complementarity with the WorldFish, AU-IBAR and NPCA Fish Trade Project

The foreseen activities in Result 1 of the project, on strengthening surveillance for fish diseases and sanitary improvement, improving capacity for access agreement negotiations and market access would complement the activities of the fish trade project in enhancing the contribution of the sector to food security and economic growth of the continent.