What are AU-IBAR’s perspectives on Coral Reef fisheries and attendant benefits? What are the consequences with regards to livelihoods, food security and environmental threats? Hellen Moepi, Fisheries Officer at AU IBAR, answers these concerns based on the Africa Blue Economy Strategy. There are presented during her opening speech on behalf of the AU IBAR Acting Director during the workshop of launching the project for “Enhancing Livelihoods, Food Security and Maritime Safety through Increased Resilience of Fishing Communities Dependent on Coral Reef Fisheries in the African Coastal Counties of the Indian Ocean” held on 23rd February 2021 in Kilifi County, Kenya. The project is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the support of Government of Japan.
The Africa Blue Economy Strategy has a vision for an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth and aims to guide the development of an inclusive and sustainable blue economy. The strategy is a significant contributor to continental change and growth through advancing knowledge on marine and aquatic biotechnology, environmental sustainability, the growth of an Africa-wide shipping industry, the development of sea, river and lake transport, the management of fishing activities on these aquatic spaces, and the exploitation and beneficiation of deep sea mineral and other resources.