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2016 EAF-Nansen project Forum

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0100




Upcoming EAF-Nansen Project Forum

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0100

From 17 to 18 October 2016, the EAF-Nansen project Forum will be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Project Forum provides an opportunity for progress reporting, dissemination of experiences, identification of best practices and discussion of strategies pertaining to the EAF-Nansen Project. The Forum also provides the means for partners to exchange views regarding the past and on proposals for future collaborative activities. The 2016 Forum is the last in this phase of the project. The new phase of the project (to be called the EAF-Nansen Programme) will begin in January 2017 with a new research vessel also to be called Dr Fridtjof Nansen. The science plan and the capacity development component of the new Programme will be discussed at the Forum.

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EAF-Nansen project taxonomy and marine species identification workshop

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:00:00 +0100

Twenty participants from 7 countries attended a training workshop on basic taxonomy and marine species identification at the Eduardo Modlane University of Maputo, Mozambique. The course, organized by EAF-Nansen Project and intended for scientists and fishery data collectors started on 31 August and finished on 12 September 2015. This workshop is the first initiative of a broader programme aimed at strengthening the knowledge base on marine resources and biodiversity in developing countries. Integrating information on biodiversity with fisheries information is an essential component of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). Correct identification is essential for collecting information on catches and, more broadly, is required in various aspects of fishery research and management.

The objective of the workshop was to improve the capabilities of scientists and fishery data collectors to correctly identify marine species of interest to fisheries in the wider EAF context.

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Expert Meeting on Social Protection in Fisheries

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0100

For more information: Poulain, Florence (FIPI) - (florence.poulain@fao.org)
Kalikoski, Daniela (FIRO) - (daniela.kalikoski@fao.org)





Regional Forum on Fish in School Meals

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0100










Algeria Seafood Fair

Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0100




EAF-Nansen training workshop on basic taxonomy and marine species identification

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0100

From 31 August to 12 September 2015 a training workshop on basic taxonomy and marine species identification will be held at the Department of Biological Science of the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique.

The objective of the workshop is to improve the capabilities of scientists and fishery data collectors to correctly identify marine species of interest to fisheries in the wider EAF context. This workshop is the first initiative of a broader programme aimed at strengthening the knowledge base on marine resources and biodiversity in developing countries. Integrating information on biodiversity with fisheries information is an essential component of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). Correct identification is essential for collecting information on catches and, more broadly, is required in various aspects of fishery research and management.




EAF-Nansen Project Announcement: Training Course in Trawling and Acoustic Surveys

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0100

The EAF-Nansen Project is organizing a three-weeks a training course on trawling and acoustic surveys to be held at the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) in Durban, South Africa from 29 June to 17 July 2015. The medium of teaching will be English. Interested persons, preferably scientists working in fisheries research institutions, may write to the Coordinator of the EAF-Nansen Project for consideration. A recent CV (curriculum vitae) is required together with a support letter from the head of the applicant's institution. A similar course in French will be held at a later date. Applications must reach the Coordinator by Monday 13 April, 2015.

Applications must be sent to:

Kwame Koranteng
EAF-Nansen Project Coordinator
Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch (FIRF)
Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Use and Conservation Division
Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla,
00153 Rome, Italy

Kwame.Koranteng@fao.org




R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen explores seamounts of the Southeast Atlantic

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0100

The UN General Assembly has listed seamounts among marine habitat that may have particularly vulnerable benthic communities and fisheries resources. The recent cruise of the R/V "Dr. Fridtjof Nansen", from the 15 Jan to the 12 Feb 2015 aimed at mapping the occurrence and abundance of benthopelagic fish and sessile epibenthos in the southeast Atlantic.

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New webpage dedicated to the new R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0100

The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, has released a new webpage dedicated to the building of the new research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen. Photos from the building process and a monthly newsletter to keep track of the construction of the vessel are available on the page.

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Workshop on EAF Implementation in the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) area held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0100

A workshop on the EAF Implementation in the SWIOFC area organised by the EAF-Nansen project has just been held at the White Sands Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The workshop was meant to examine where countries in the SWIOFC area stand in the adoption and implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries is a follow up of the previous workshop held in Pretoria, South Africa from 20 to 24 February 2011.

The results of the workshop will be presented at the back to back Sixth Session of the Scientific Committee of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission, held at the White Sands Hotel as well, from 18 to 21 March 2015.

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The Global Record Working Group provides guidance on the way forward

Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0100

(image) The 1st meeting of the Global Record Informal Open-Ended Technical and Advisory Working Group was held from 23 to 25 February 2015. The meeting, which was attended by 25 participants from FAO Members and Observers, addressed key issues related to the Global Record, such as the scope, system development and governance framework. The way forward, including options for financial mechanism for the long-term sustainability of the Global Record Programme was also discussed. In the very near future, the report of the meeting will be posted on the meeting's webpage as well as on the Global Record website.




Side event “Aboard the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen: A month-long research voyage in the deep seas off South West Africa”

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0100

On 19 February 2015, on the occasion of the Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction”, a side event was jointly organized by the EAF-Nansen Project and the FAO Deep-sea Programme. The event was to present aspects of the survey carried out on the seamounts in the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organization (SEAFO) area by the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen and share insights on capacity development for the sustainable management of fisheries and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ. The Side Event was opened and chaired by Merete Tandstad, Fishery Resources Officer at the FAO Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch. She welcomed participants and she introduced the side event, aimed, she said, to provide more insight into one of the knowledge generating and hands on capacity development activities that was recently undertaken to gain improved knowledge on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems and key resources on selected seamounts in the Southeast Atlantic Fisheries Commission Convention Area. She said It is expected that the results of this survey will be used in the context of the work of the Scientific Committee of SEAFO in their analysis of VMEs and in their assessment work, as the basis for scientific advice to the Committee. Furthermore, an agreement has been reached with the Iziko Museum in South Africa to maintain/create the species collection from the survey. The EAF-Nansen Project Coordinator, Dr Kwame Koranteng presented then current achievements and future plans. Then Edoardo Mostarda, a Marine Biologist working for the FAO Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch provided a snapshot on the key results of the survey. The floor was opened for discussion and a number of questions were collected and addressed. Unfortunately, due to starting of the workshop session it has not been possible to listen to all the comments and questions from participants, but however we hope we provided all the requested information.




Norway and FAO to launch state-of-the-art research vessel

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0100

Norway is to build one of the most advanced research vessels in the world as part of an ongoing project with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support developing countries improve the management of their fisheries. The new $80 million research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen will replace an older craft of the same name that has been operating in the maritime waters of many developing countries, mainly in Africa, since 1993. The vessel carries out in-depth research into the state of the continent’s marine ecosystems under the EAF-Nansen Project, the latest phase of a unique 40-year Programme financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad.




Signing of Addendum 7 to the EAF-Nansen Project Agreement

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0100

On the occasion of the 2014 Norad/FAO/IMR Semi Annual Meeting of the EAF-Nansen project, held in Casablanca, Morocco, on the 25th October 2014, the Tripartite Agreement for the EAF-Nansen Project was signed by Mr Einar Telnes, Director of the Department of Climate, Energy and Environment of Norad, Dr Gabriella Bianchi, Senior Fishery Resource Officer of FAO's  Marine and Inland Fisheries Service, and Mr. Åsmund Bjordal, Director of the Center for Development Cooperation in Fisheries at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR). The Addendum provides for the completion of the Transition Phase of the project in June 2016 and paves the way for the commencement of the new programme under development.




Nansis Training of Trainers course held in Casablanca, Morocco

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0100

A Training of Trainers course on Nansis (Nansen Survey Information System), a database with accompanied software for logging, editing, storing, and retrieving of biological and environmental data from marine research surveys, was organized by the EAF-Nansen project in Casablanca, Morocco, from 27 to 31 October 2014. The training was supported by two instructors from Norwegian Institute of Marine Research in Bergen.

The objective of the workshop was to train scientists in the use of Nansis and to introduce them to the thinking behind the database layout and structure. Sixteen participants from 12 African countries successfully completed the course. They expressed their sincere thanks to the EAF-Nansen Project and the course instructors for the immense knowledge acquired through the course. They also appreciated the significant improvements made in the software. The participants will be included in the Network of Nansis Expert Users and will serve as resource persons for training at national and regional levels. These trainees would also have a special status in receiving new and updated versions of the software and in rapid assistance from the designers and programmers of the software.







Women Onboard: celebrating 40 years of the Nansen Programme

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0100

In a popular and packed side-event at the 31st session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI), project staff, partners and participants from many countries gathered to celebrate one of the longest-running projects that FAO has been involved in.

Coordinator of the EAF-Nansen Project, Mr Kwame Koranteng emphasised that the Nansen Programme's focus has always been to enhance management power and to maximise capacity for fisheries research in developing countries. (Click here for full article)




Global Record at COFI 31

Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0100

(image) Work on the Global Record has progressed since COFI 30 session in addressing all COFI requests. In addition, FAO is presenting a Strategy Document on the proposed way forward for the Global Record and is demonstrating a Prototype System at the Side Event on IUU fishing.

The following relevant documents are available in the COFI 31 website:

  1. COFI/2014/4.2/Rev.1 "The Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance, The 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures and Other Instruments Combating IUU Fishing"
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  1. COFI/2014/Inf.12/Rev.1 "Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels"
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  1. COFI/2014/SBD.2 "Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels-The way forward (Strategy Document)"
    (Spanish and French versions available soon).

Watch the following informative videos:




Ecosystem survey in the waters of Gabon

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0100

On the 9th of May 2014, The research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen started an ecosystem survey in the coastal waters of Gabon. Following the request from Gabon, the main objectives of the survey are:

  • to describe the distribution, composition and estimate the abundance of the main demersal fish species on the continental shelf by a swept-area method;
  • to map the distribution and estimate the acoustic abundance of the main pelagic fish species groups;
  • to conduct a complete distribution and abundance estimation of marine mammals, turtles and birds;
  • to collect bottom sediment samples to map bottom type and bottom hardness;
  • to collect phytoplankton and zooplankton samples for biomass and species identification;
  • to map the general hydrographic regime by using a CTD to monitor the temperature, salinity and oxygen at bottom trawl stations and on hydrographic transects;
  • on-the-job training for local scientists, covering the main survey routines.

Before the commencement of the survey, the FAO Country Representative for Gabon Mr. Dan Rugabira and the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security of Gabon paid a visit to the vessel at Port Gentil. They were welcomed on board by the cruise leader, Dr. Kathrine Michalsen of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR).




Meeting on the implementation of Shrimp Fisheries Management plans for Gabon, Cameroon and Nigeria held in Lagos

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0100

Between 24 and 27 March 2014 a Regional four day workshop was held in Ikeja, Lagos, to discuss the implementation of the shrimp fisheries management plans that the EAF National Task Groups of the three countries have been preparing with the support of the EAF-Nansen project.

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Approval of the Beach Seine fishery management plan for Côte d’Ivoire

Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0100

Following the joint EAF-Nansen project, NFFP (NEPAD-FAO Fish Programme), FCWC (Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea) mission to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the management plan for the beach seine fishery of the country was approved by the Minister of Animal and Fishery Resources Mr. Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani on Tuesday 18th of February 2014.
In the Preface to the plan, the Minister stressed the importance of the application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) principles and thanked FAO for providing support to the National Task Group of Côte d'Ivoire for the preparation and validation of the management plan.
The Minister stated further that currently the beach seine fishery is characterized by the use of mesh sizes not prescribed by regulation and resulting in the capture of many juvenile fishes (about 65% of landings), the destruction of spawning grounds and degradation of critical habitats thereby posing serious threats to the livelihoods of people who depend on the fisheries. He noted that the plan will contribute to the sustainable use of coastal fishery resources in the country and will therefore be a valuable step towards enhancing the livelihood of the communities engaged in fishing with beach seines.
The importance of effective stakeholder participation in the implementation of the plan, as was with its development, was also highlighted.

























The preconditions of using the IMO Number as the UVI for vessels have been met - Global Record

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

(image) At its 30th session that was held in June 2012 the FAO Committee on Fisheries recognized the necessity of a global Unique Vessel Identifier (UVI), as a key component of the Global Record to identify and track vessels and suggested the UVI, as a first step, be applied to vessels of 100 gross tonnage and above.
An independent study commissioned by FAO concluded that the IMO Ship Identification Number Scheme was the most suitable on the base of efficiency, compatibility and technical considerations for the first phase of the Global Record for vessels of the above-mentioned size category.
At its 92nd session that was held in June 2013 the IMO Maritime Safety Committee approved a proposal that was cosponsored by FAO to remove the exemption of fishing vessels from the IMO Numbering Scheme. Then on 4 December 2013, the 28th regular session of the IMO Assembly, which is the highest governing body of IMO, adopted a new Assembly resolution, A.1078(28) on IMO Ship Identification Number Scheme that, in addition to merchant ships, also applies to fishing vessels of 100 gross tonnage and above. Consequently, the preconditions of using the IMO Number as the UVI for vessels, for which Phase 1 of the Global Record applies, have now been met.




NEW@FBL - December 2013 issue

Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Recent articles;
Ocean Acidification;
Asian Fisheries Science;
End of the year claims;
Did we include your article?



NEW@FBL - November 2013 issue

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Recent articles;
Fisheries Tenure;
Marine natural heritage;
Les aires marines protégées et la pêche;
IAMSLIC Conference!



R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in Myanmar

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0100

The R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen returned to Myanmar after 33 years.

The vessel arrived at Yangon port on Sunday 10 November after three hour steaming up the winding shallow river.




The Fridtjof Nansen of Cameroon

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Message from Dr Meke Soung Pierre Nolasque, Deputy Director, ISH, Douala, Cameroon:
Mr Tchoufong, the father of Mr Fridtjof Nansen Tchoufong, a graduate student of the University of Douala Institute of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (ISH), Cameroon, was working at a famous hotel located in Douala when he heard about Fridtjof Nansen through a South African radio broadcast. He admired the profile of the famous man and decided to give this name to one of his sons. On 2 October 1990 when a son was born to him, Mr Tchoufong named him Fridtjof Nansen. Some ethnic groups in Cameroon believe that "a son dies or lives by the name he is given. This is to suggest that carrying the name of a famous person always leads to favours for the sake of that name". The young Nansen of Cameroon is now in the second year of a master’s programme in Oceanography at ISH.

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Dr Meke Soung (left) with Mr Tchoufong (right) and Fridtjof Nansen Tchoufong




Task Force starts the development of the new EAF-Nansen Project

Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

A Task Force has been established by FAO as one of the steps towards the second phase of the EAF-Nansen project. It is made up of experts from FAO, IMR, beneficiary countries and partner organizations including IOC/UNESCO and UNEP. The Task Force will provide a high level technical support in guiding the formulation of the project document for a new phase of the project that will respond to the new needs and challenges of developing countries in relation to sustainable use of marine resources and ecosystems. It will work closely with organizations and individuals across the international marine science and development community to make sure that the future project will be well coordinated with existing initiatives, on the one hand, and contribute to filling existing gaps, on the other.

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Task force members in discussion



Evaluation of the EAF-Nansen Project

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

An evaluation of the first phase of the EAF-Nansen project was carried out by a team of three experts in July/August 2013. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the project achievements, progress made towards contributing to the long term objective and any factors affecting performance. It was also to formulate recommendations on the thrust, scope, duration and approach of the second phase of the project. The evaluation team met a large number of the project's stakeholders, both in Africa and Europe and visited 8 countries. The persons that the team met included fisheries ministers, directors, fishers, university lecturers and the project Focal Points.

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The project evaluation team leader (Dr Sophie des Clers) and one other team member in Accra to interact with the EAF implementation workshop participants










EAF-Nansen project holds Forum and Steering Committee meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0100

From 7 to 12 October, the EAF-Nansen project organized a series of events in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On 7 October, the second joint meeting of the Regional Steering Committees of the project was held; it attended by 61 participants from 26 African countries and representatives of 10 agencies comprising Regional Fishery Bodies, Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) projects, Norad, IMR, FAO and other United Nations agencies. The joint meeting of the RSCs assessed the implementation status of the EAF-Nansen project and updated the activities that contribute to capacity development. Past surveys carried out in 2012/2013 and the plans for surveys in 2013/2014 were also discussed. The Steering Committee was followed by the Project Forum, the Norad/FAO/IMR semi-annual meeting and the meeting of the Task Force for the development of the second phase of the project. The third Forum of the EAF-Nansen project was held on 8-10 October under the theme: Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries - Progress Made in Africa. It was opened by the Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries of Tanzania in the presence of Mrs Lise Stensrud of the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, and Mr Soren Dalsgaard, Ag. FAO Representative. The Forum discussed the development of the second phase of the project with working groups constituted to discuss the proposed components.

Project Forum | Regional Steering Committees




Environmental Monitoring for the Oil Industry

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

Offshore oil production started in Ghana in December 2010 and naturally there were concerns that the activity may have negative impact on the marine resources including loss of marine biodiversity. The problems with pollution and transport of pollutants are complex and a transboundary. With the possible impacts on the ecosystem and on the different users of the sea it is important to provide as good documentation as possible of the environmental conditions in the area before and during the exploitation for oil and gas. In Ghana, a programme of baseline/monitoring surveys was put into place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with technical and financial assistance of the EAF-Nansen project (involving FAO and the Institute of Marine Research of Norway), the Norad Oil for Development (OfD) programme and Tullow Oil, one of the oil extraction companies operating in Ghana. Other national institution, notably the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, Survey Department, and the Marine Fisheries Research Division participated in the programme. The 3 surveys conducted between 2009 and 2011 using research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen were the first investigations focusing on environmental monitoring of the Ghanaian continental shelf in relation to oil and gas. The area from the beach/littoral zone and out to 1 200 m depth has been sampled along 9 transects. A special videograb designed to collect sediment samples down to 2 500 m water depth, was deployed. The videograb also provides oceanographic information and high resolution pictures and videos. A full set of data from the sediments off the coast has been collected and analysed according to the OSPAR guidelines for environmental monitoring in oil producing areas and these have provided the baseline for environmental monitoring which started in 2012. In the course of the surveys, a deepwater coral reef was found. The reef, 400 m long 50 m high, is located at 500 m water depth. From data and information gathered with the videograb there seems to be a very rich biodiversity on and around the reef. Identifying all the benthic fauna from the samples will be interesting, but difficult and time consuming. This work makes Ghana one of very few countries in the world that established a good environmental baseline prior to the commencement of substantial oil activities. An environmental monitoring plan has also been put in place. This work has attracted interest of many other African countries to follow the "Ghana Model". The FAO Assistant Director General (Fisheries and Aquaculture Department) Mr Árni Mathiesen (right), with Hon. Bernard Esau, Minister of fisheries and Marine Resources of Namibia The Federal Director of Fisheries of Nigeria at the stand The EAF-Nansen/IMR stand at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum [...]






Ghana establishes a Marine Police Unit

Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com |Local News
In June this year (2013), the government of Ghana established a Marine Police as a Unit of the Ghana Police Service, to monitor the activities of fishermen including the use of illegal fishing methods. National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) has lauded government for this initiative.




RFBs/RECs Think Tank meeting in Johannesburg

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

The Second Regional Fisheries Bodies and Regional Economic Communities Think Tank meeting was jointly organized in Johannesburg, South Africa on 7 and 8 September, 2013 by the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). The purpose of the meeting was to enhance coherence of fisheries in Africa with regional integration agenda in line with the recommendations of the first Conference of African Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) held in Banjul, the Gambia in 2010.
Twenty-six persons from Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs), Basin Commissions, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) programmes, FAO (EAF-Nansen project and NFFP), NPCA and DREA attended the meeting. The Coordinator of the EAF-Nansen project appraised the meeting on the development of the second phase of the EAF-Nansen project and noted that the new phase would include pollution and climate variability as major divers and would contribute to global climate change programme.




NEW@FBL - July/August 2013 issue

Mon, 2 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0100

New articles by FAO staff;
Publishing and copyright;
Gender inequalities in fish value chains;
Climate change and oceanic fisheries
A champion for fishers
Build your own library!



EAF Training of Trainers course held at Rhodes University, South Africa

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

The EAF-Nansen project is collaborating with a number of universities in Africa to organize training courses on the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). The objective of this initiative is to bring the knowledge and practice fisheries practitioners and also to eventually mainstream EAF training in the curricula of a number of universities in Africa. Related to this, a Training of Trainers course was held at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa from 4 to 14 September 2013. The course was attended by 17 participants (including 2 Europeans) 8 of which were university lecturers. The course was cofounded by the EAF-Nansen project and the NEPAD-FAO Fish Programme (NFFP) and facilitated by FAO and the Department of Ichthyology of the Rhodes University.

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Participants of the EAF Training of Trainers course, Rhodes University, 4–14 September 2013




Fifteenth LME Consultative Committee Meeting held in Paris

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

The 15th IOC-IUCN-NOAA Large Marine Ecosystem Consultative Committee Meeting was held in Paris, France on 10 and11 July 2013. In a presentation made on his behalf by Merete Tandstad of FAO, the EAF-Nansen Project Coordinator recalled the service that the EAF-Nansen project had provided to all LME projects to date in spite of the financial constraints of some of them. Areas of collaboration were in marine research surveys (including surveys on the southern Indian Ocean seamounts in collaboration with the ASCLME project, IUCN and the Zoological Society of London), capacity development for research and management, and environment surveys related to the oil and gas sector. These activities have contributed data, information and knowledge used in the preparation and/or revision of Transboundary Diagnosis Analyses reports and formulation of Strategic Action Plans which are key outputs of all LME projects.
He was happy that the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen is acknowledged by the African LME Caucus as a platform for excellent scientific collaboration (both south-south and north-south). The meeting was then informed about the Norwegian government’s decision to replace the vessel with a new one that will be better equipped to handle emerging needs in marine research.




BCC Institutional Arrangements workshop held in Cape Town, South Africa

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

A meeting on institutional arrangements for EAF implementation in Angola, Namibia and South Africa was held at the University of Cape Town Business School, in Cape Town, South Africa from 1 to 3 July, 2013. The EAF-Nansen project has been assisting the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) in the project on “Guidance on Institutional Arrangements which Support an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAF/09/02)”. The specific objective of the project is to provide information and advice to the national fisheries institutions on any institutional changes needed to meet the requirements for effective implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. In 2010, a consultant who was engaged to assist with the study visited the fisheries institutions in Angola, Namibia and South Africa to obtain information about the implementation of fisheries management in accordance with EAF in the country. In his report, the consultant concluded that the current institutional arrangements in all three countries compare well with best practice and made recommendations to address the identified gaps related to the institutional structure and the legislation, policies and planning. Following discussions at the BCC Management Board and the EAF-Nansen project’s Regional Steering Committee (RSC), the BCC secretariat was advised to organize a consultation to study and customize the recommendations to suit local context and to sensitize decision-makers on the results, lessons learnt and way forward. The Cape Town meeting was attended by 26 senior and middle-level managers from the three countries, and also BCC/BCLME SAP-IMP, IMR, FAO and the private sector. It was moderated by Professor Bjorn Hersoug of the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø. The participants discussed the way forward to improve understanding and knowledge of the need for the effective adoption and implementation of the recommended institutional arrangements to concretely advance to EAF implementation at national (countries) and sub-regional (BCC) levels.

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Professor Bjorn Hersoug of the University of Tromsø moderated the BCC Institutional Arrangement workshop in Cape Town.

Some of the workshop participants.



Benguela Current Convention is signed in Angola

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

The Benguela Current Convention was signed in the Angolan city of Benguela on March 18, marking the establishment of the first multi-lateral Commission in the world to be based on the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) approach to ocean governance. The signing ceremony was attended by a large number of officials from Angola, Namibia and South Africa, and representatives of the UN agencies and other sponsors and partners. The ceremony was officiated by Hon. Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa, Hon. Victoria de Barros Neto, Minister of Fisheries of Angola, and Hon. Bernhard Esau, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Namibia.
“The historic signing of the Benguela Current Convention represents the culmination of many years of research, consultation and negotiation, all of which have been carried out in a spirit of trust and cooperation,” said Dr Hashali Hamukuaya, Executive Secretary of the Benguela Current Commission.




The South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) closes

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

After nearly six (6) years of implementation, the GEFassisted South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) came to an end in April 2013. The Sixth (and final) session of the project's Regional Policy and Steering Committee (RPSC) was held at the Ledger Plaza Bahari Beach Hotel, Kuduchi, Dar es Salaam on 25 and 26 February, 2013. The session was attended by representatives of all SWIOFP participating countries, the Indian Ocean Commission, FAO, the World Bank and regional NGOs.
SWIOFP was a major partner of the EAF-Nansen project. The two projects collaborated to assist all the countries in the South West Indian Ocean region (both mainland and island States) to prepare management plans for various fisheries. The two projects also collaborated to carry out other capacity building activities as well as fisheries assessment surveys.
In a presentation to the RPSC, the EAF-Nansen project Coordinator recalled the partnership involving the EAF-Nansen project, SWIOFP and the countries for fisheries management which were in the areas of surveys with R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen, organization of training courses in EAF planning and in fish stock assessment, facilitation of fishery resources Working Groups and other support to countries including for the preparation of fisheries management plans. It was noted that the two projects and the countries in the region had committed as much as US$440 000 towards the preparation of the various fisheries management plans, including the training of national experts for the exercise. It was also noted that together with the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC), the two projects had helped to set baselines for EAF implementation in the region and had facilitated shared understanding of values and objectives of the various fisheries. Governance capacity, political will and commitment to implement and follow the plans are, however, country-based and are most important.
It was also noted that the co-funding provided by EAF-Nansen project to SWIOFP for the various activities was to the tune of US$1.5 million. The corresponding support to SWIOFP's sister project the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem (ASCLME) project was about US$2.1 million, mainly for survey activities which also benefitted SWIOFP.

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Hon. David Mathayo David, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development of Tanzania, delivering his opening address at the last SWIOFP meeting in Dar es Salaam




Progress on the Management Plans

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

From the beginning of this year (2013), the EAF National Task Group of a number of countries worked frantically to finalize the management plans that they had been preparing under the EAF country projects. In the period under review Benin, Comores, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Togo completed their plans. In March the breaking news of approval of the Tanzania management plan reached the EAF-Nansen family. That was the first of the plans to be approved. A few months later the plans for Comores and Madagascar were also approved for implementation by the respective sector Ministers.
In a preface to the Madagascar plan, Hon Sylvain Manoriky, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, noted that “This plan emphasizes the analysis of the various constraints on the groundfish fishery and measures to mitigate these problems. I invite therefore all actors involved in marine fisheries (fishermen, traders, civil society and other relevant government departments) to implement and comply with the measures contained in this plan. These measures are in perfect harmony with the efforts to improve the national economy and the sustainability of resources and the standard of living of fishermen in Madagascar. The adoption of this management plan is a step closer to the sound management of fisheries resources. I wish that the measures it contains will be fully implemented.”
All three countries are making frantic efforts to start implementation of the plans. The EAF-Nansen project will stay close to the countries and try to provide the support necessary to ensure that the plans are implemented.




Seventh Annual Norad/FAO/IMR. Meeting Held in Rome

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

The 7th Annual Norad/FAO/IMR meeting was held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome on 20 and 21 March, 2013. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Ms Mette Møglestue, Head of the Norad delegation, thanked the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department for the work carried out so far under the EAF-Nansen project and stressed on the high priority given by Norad to international cooperation in fisheries research and management. She expressed Norad's appreciation to the EAF-Nansen side event organized during the 8th North Atlantic Seafood Forum in Bergen (5-7 March 2013). On her part, Ms. Gabriella Bianchi, Coordinator of the Marine and Inland Fisheries Branch of FAO recalled that the EAF-Nansen project is by far the largest project in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO and particular attention is given to its implementation and future development. The meeting Agenda included Implementation status of the EAF-Nansen project, Financial statements for 2012 and first phase of the project, the project Work Plan for 2013 including surveys planned in 2013 and forecast for 2014, the second phase of the project including updates on the new research vessel and preparation of a new science programme.

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On the occasion of the Annual Meeting the Addendum 6 of the Tripartite Agreement between Imr, Norad and FAO was signed.




The ongoing Scientific Cruises

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

The research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen carries out surveys to produce basic information on resource abundance and distribution necessary to ensure sustainable utilization of the marine living resources and an improved protection of the marine environment. In the first half of 2013, the vessel conducted 6 surveys starting with the BCC regional hake survey. The hake resource is shared between Namibia and South-Africa and it is important to establish a common understanding of its biomass and other biological properties. After 10 years of work with the same sampling regime, a good understanding of the migration patterns of mature deepwater hake has now been established. Three surveys were conducted off Angola to carry out a hydro acoustic assessment of the fish assemblages over the continental shelf as well as the abundance and distribution of demersal fish using the swept area method. Hydrographical data and zooplankton samples were also collected using standardized methods. The fifth survey was carried out in North West Africa in May in collaboration with the CCLME project and included an experimental work aimed at defining the distribution and circulation of eggs and larvae of sardinella and anchovy in a well known spawning region south of Cape Vert. The horizontal and vertical distributions of eggs and larvae were mapped and related to recorded water mass circulation and frontal boundaries.
The last survey was conducted in the transboundary area between Angola and Namibia with a focus on biomass estimation and distribution of pelagic fish assemblages over the continental shelf. For management purposes, it is important to establish a common understanding of the status of the biomass of the resources that are shared between the two countries.




EAF-Nansen Project at the Eight North Atlantic Seafood Forum

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

From 5 to 7 March, 2013 the 8th North Atlantic Seafood Forum was held in Bergen, Norway. It was attended by 620 participants including about 30 from Africa. The North Atlantic Seafood Forum is the world's largest seafood business conference and a leading executive meeting place for the seafood industry. A side event on the Nansen programme was jointly organized by the EAF-Nansen project and IMR (Institute of Marine Research, Bergen). The following six presentations were made at the side event:

  • Contribution of the Nansen Programme/EAF-Nansen project to Sustainable Fisheries and livelihoods of fishery communities in Africa (Dr Kwame Koranteng, Coordinator, EAF-Nansen Project, FAO),
  • Moving towards a new fisheries management regime – Lessons from Kenya and Nigeria (Mrs Mwaka Barabara Said, EAF-Nansen project Focal Point, Kenya and Mrs Foluke Areola, Director of Fisheries of Nigeria),
  • Results from deep water sampling and observations off Ghana with the new “video-grab” equipment on the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen (Dr Bjørn Serigstad, Programme Leader, CDCF, IMR),
  • The Design and Capabilities of the new R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen (Dr Åsmund Bjordal, Director, CDCF, IMR) and
  • The future Nansen Programme - development of a new Science and management programme (Dr Gabriella Bianchi, Coordinator, FIRF, FAO).

At the FAO/IMR stand at which various communication materials and reports relevant to the theme of the Forum were displayed, three videos including a new one on the work of the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen were shown.




Second Risk Assessment workshop for the CCLME Demonstration Project 1 held in Casablanca

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

From 27 to 30 May 2013 the second risk assessment workshop for the development of a management plan for the small pelagic species in Northwest Africa was held in Casablanca, Morocco. The workshop was attended by 22 participants from the fisheries administration and research institutions and the fishing industry in Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and the Gambia. There were also experts from the Sub- Regional Fisheries Commission, FAO and the CCLME project. An international consultant recruited to draft the small pelagic fisheries policy (regional strategic orientations document) also attended.
The regional policy to promote the sustainable development of small pelagic fishes in the sub-region was discussed and validated at the workshop. There was then a review and validation of the priority issues related to the small pelagic fisheries in northwest Africa. From the baseline report prepared earlier in the process, the outcome of the risk assessment workshop, the policy document, and other relevant documents, a draft regional management plan for the small pelagics in North West Africa is being prepared.




EAF Toolbox Released

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

The much awaited EAF Toolbox prepared by the EAF Group of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department was finally released. The colorful and informative document is already a hit. The Toolbox has been designed to guide users through each of the four main EAF management planning steps and activities using simplified text and clear instructions. The toolbox guides users to decide on which tool(s) could be most appropriate for each step given the type of fishery, their resources and capacity.
A web version of the Toolbox is also available through EAFnet which has been developed to facilitate access to the information and resources that are available at FAO on the application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF).




NEW@FBL - June 2013 issue

Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

New article by FAO staff;
Chapter on Fish and Seafood in OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2013-2022;
Access to library resources from tablet or smartphone;
FBL is joining Office for Corporate Communication



SmartFish - FAO supports the Mauritian Government with sustainable aquaculture development through the promotion of small-scale cage culture

Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

A pilot project supporting an alternative income option for fisher folks though the promotion of cage culture at two pre-identified locations, namely at Poste de Flacq and at Quatre soeurs, has been launched. The ultimate objective of the project is to gradually convert select fisher folk to become fish farmers through diversification of opportunities such as fish cage culture at sea. The main species to be cultured will be the "Cordonnier" which has given good results in cage culture.



SmartFish - Hygiene and quality of fish product issues tackled by FAO SmartFish using innovative approaches

Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

The EU funded project SmartFish, managed by the Indian Ocean Commission, and co-implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has developed a multimedia awareness raising package that will be disseminated through the "Clean Fish, Better Life" campaign along 12 major landing sites around Lake Victoria.
The campaign will be launched on the 13th of July in Kisumu, Kenya. The main feature of the launch will be the broadcasting of a participatory video, on the importance of hygiene and quality in small scale fisheries; realised with the direct involvement of beneficiaries, and will be at the forefront of the campaign.




Another Marine Species Named After Oddgeir Alvheim

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0100

In Volume 7 of the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation seven new species of labrid fishes (wrasses) are described. One of them - Novaculops alvheimi - has been named after Mr Oddgeir Alvheim, who discovered the species when sorting a trawl catch on board R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen. (image) The new fish species was discovered on the Mascarene banks between Mauritius and the Seychelles in 2008. Oddgeir is one of the longest-serving members of the Nansen scientific team and a few years ago Turbonilla alvheimi, a 2 mm long sea snail discovered in the waters off West Africa, was also named after him.




EAF Implementation Baseline Workshop in Accra, Ghana

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

From 15 to 18 July 2013, a workshop was held in Accra, Ghana to set EAF (ecosystem approach to fisheries) implementation baselines for 13 countries in the CECAF-south area. The workshop was attended by 36 participants from nine countries, namely Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, São Tomé et Principe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). EAF implementation was assessed through a review of the progress made against ten EAF operational objectives using a consultative approach involving national fishery managers, scientists and stakeholders in completing a questionnaire that was sent to each national fisheries management agency prior to the workshop. The ten objectives are as follows: 1. The managing authority has a good understanding of the ecosystem impacts of fisheries including target, non-target and general ecosystem impacts. 2. Ecosystem impacts of fisheries are included into management advice. 3. The social wellbeing of dependent fishing communities is accounted for in management advice. 4. The economic wellbeing of the fishing industry is maintained. 5. The managing authority has transparent and participatory management structures that ensure good communication and information sharing locally and regionally. 6. Management plans incorporate EAF considerations. 7. Compliance to regulations reduces ecosystem impacts of fisheries. 8. Sufficient capacity, skills, equipment and funding exist to support the implementation of an EAF. 9. Good data procedures exist to support EAF implementation. 10. External impacts of fisheries are addressed (e.g. the effect of other sectors, other industries, climate change etc.). The participants discussed and agreed on the step that each fishery is currently at based on the information provided in the questionnaire and their knowledge about the fishery and its management. The extent to which each of the ten objectives has been addressed by the countries in the Region is depicted in the figure below. Average implementation score is about 46%. The results show that there are indications of implementation of EAF in the region but significant challenges remain to be addressed. It is important also to note that since EAF implementation involves planning, execution and review in a continuum of activities the results are to pr[...]



Promoting the Global Record in the Southeast Asian Region

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

(image) The Government of Philippines hosted the first expert workshop on the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels (Global Record) in the Southeast Asian region (Manila, 25-27 June 2013). Delegations from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in this event financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The workshop provided an opportunity for collaboration between FAO and RPOA (Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices Including to Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Region) to further advance the national fishing vessel registers of RPOA's member States (and enhance the further development of a regional record) as they prepare to enter the global-level tool to fight IUU fishing, the Global Record. This workshop was designed to provide in-depth assessment of the status of the existing national registers, and work with the countries on ways of improving them, in a harmonized fashion.
An initial-stage work plan was developed by delegates during the workshop, mapping out the needed actions. The RPOA is well placed in the Southeast Asian region to make progress on the Global Record since the region has already made progress towards its own regional register and has a number of structural initiatives in operation.




NEW@FBL - May 2013 issue

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0100

New articles by FAO staff;
"Citation patterns...";
European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres;
State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture: usage and impact;
New York Aquarium Postcards



Possible collaboration between FAO and Equasis on the development of the Global Record

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0100

(image) Informal meetings with the Equasis Secretariat were held on 7 June and 13 September 2013 to discuss possible collaboration between FAO and Equasis on the development of the Global Record. The collaboration would focus on the possibility for the Global Record to link directly to the Equasis database, through a deep hyperlink, on an individual ship basis, to obtain information on cargo ships that could potentially be supporting fishing activities. FAO has submitted a request to the Equasis Supervisory Committee that will be reviewed in due time.




SmartFish - The IOC and the LVFO launches the first Coordination Unit for joint fisheries surveillance in the Lake Victoria

Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Jinja - Friday, 31st May 2013 - For the first time, a joint coordination unit for fisheries surveillance, which involves Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, was officially launched today for Lake Victoria. It is an initiative of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), through IOC SmartFish Programme, which is funded by the European Union.



SmartFish - Providing an alternative livelihood to lagoon fishing for many ex-fisher women in Rodrigues

Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly Franchette Gaspard Pierre Louis and Chief Commissioner Serge Clair introduced 'Semaine Rodriguaise' and Origin Rodrigues products last Friday during a press conference in Port Louis.



SmartFish - Small scale aquaponics launched in Ethiopia

Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Two to three aquaponic demonstration units were built in Ziway and ShewaRobit in Ethiopia. These feature two different methods of aquaponic food production, including the Food and Drain and the Nutrient Film Technique.



NEW@FBL - April 2013 issue

Wed, 8 May 2013 12:00:00 +0100

New articles;
Mendeley;
Usage of e-journals;
Most frequently cited journals;
BioOne trial



SmartFish - SmartFish supports the livelihood of 2,300 Mauritians

Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

New measures to improve the livelihood for some 2,300 Mauritian fishers thanks to an agreement signed this month by The Fishermen Investment Trust (FIT) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) implementing part of the IOC project SmartFish for a total 40,000 USD (about 1.2 million rupees).









SmartFish - Stories from the field

Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0100

In the Rodrigues Island lagoons, overexploitation of fish resources and degradation of marine ecosystems has been caused by a strong dependence from fishing communities. Recently, the FAO SmartFish project supported these fishers to engage in alternative sustainable livelihoods through agro-forestry, farming and agro-processing. An integrated set of activities is being implemented in partnership with the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, within the framework of Result 5 on Food Security directly implemented by FAO.



NEW@FBL - March 2013 issue

Wed, 8 May 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Books from the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries;
IAMSLIC Conference 2015;
Predatory Publishers;
Pêcheurs du monde;
Cancelled journals

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Norad/FAO/IMR Seventh Annual Meeting

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0100

The 2013 Norad/FAO/IMR Annual Meeting on the EAF-Nansen project is held at FAO Headquarter in Rome on 20 an 21 March. The agenda items of the Annual meeting include updates on the implementation of the EAF-Nansen project,status of the activities ongoing, analysis of the Workplan for 2013 and R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen Cruise plan.



The Nansen Programme/EAF-Nansen Project Side Event at 8th North Atlantic Seafood Forum Conference

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0100

FAO and IMR are organizers of a side event on the occasion of the 8th North Atlantic Seafood Forum to take place at the conference hotel Tuesday March 5th.
The North Atlantic Seafood Forum is the world’s largest seafood business conference. NASF focuses on the key network between cutting edge innovation, technology, research, policy, finance, trade and commercialization.
The Nansen Programme side-event highlights the outcomes of the EAF-Nansen project and the fore-runner Nansen programme. It looks at partnerships and contributions to the global agenda for fisheries in the light of climate change and possible effect on marine resources, especially in tropical and sub-tropical areas. It is suggested that implementing an ecosystem approach to fisheries is also a practical way towards certification and eco-labeling of fisheries products.

Invitation to The Nansen Programme/EAF-Nansen Project side event




NEW@FBL - February 2013 issue

Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0100

New articles by FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Departmental staff in external journals;
Citation analysis;
List of cancelled journals;
Group of Experts for Marine Information Management.
























NEW@FBL - January 2013 issue

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0100

Articles by FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Departmental staff in external journals and monographs published in 2012 are listed in the latest newsletter from the Fisheries & Aquaculture Branch Library: New@FBL.



Seychelles Maritime Training Centre has a New Campus

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

On 15 June 2012, the President of the Republic of Seychelles H.E. James Alix Michel commissioned the new premises of the Seychelles Maritime Training Centre funded by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and (BADEA) and the Government of Seychelles (GOS). The new Centre, located at the Providence Industrial Estate on Mahe Island, has beautifully designed classrooms, laboratories, workshops, staff offices, a library, students’ hostel and a canteen. A dedicated jetty for the Centre’s training vessels will soon be added.
The center, which is one of seven post-secondary (non-tertiary) training institutions in Seychelles, runs courses in navigation, fishing operations, marine engineering and fishing gear technology. Students of the Centre have always participated in the workshops organized by the EAF National Task Group of Seychelles for the preparation of “the management plan for the artisanal and recreational demersal fisheries in the Seychelles”.

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Main block of the Maritime Training Centre, Seychelles




Press Release: New research vessel for Africa

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0100

For 20 years, the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen has provided support for surveys of the fish resources off the coasts of more than 60 poor countries. The Government is now allocating around NOK 440 million to procure a new research vessel to replace Dr Fridtjof Nansen. The work to procure the new vessel will begin in 2013, and it is expected to be completed in 2016. “We have used the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen to help poor countries survey their fisheries resources. Norway has valuable expertise and experience in this area,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås. The research vessel is part of the EAF-Nansen Programme. So far, more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have received assistance to survey and monitor their marine resources, as well as training and help to improve the management of these resources. The research also focuses on climate change and the environment in African waters. “It is of great benefit to Africa’s ministers of fisheries that they have access to information of the highest quality about their sea areas. This can help to promote growth and better management of the natural resources,” Mr Holmås said. The vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen has been in continuous use for almost 20 years. It no longer meets all the scientific requirements of the EAF-Nansen Programme. The estimated cost of a new vessel is around NOK 440 million, at today’s value. These costs will be spread over four years. NOK 45 million has been allocated in the budget proposal for 2013 to cover the costs of concluding a contract. Press contacts: Communications Adviser Svein Bæra, mobile phone +47 916 72 042[...]









Third Meeting of the EAF-Nansen Project and PAF NEPAD Programme for the Development of Industrial Shrimp Fishery Management Plans for Gabon, Cameroon and Nigeria

Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0100

The EAF-Nansen project is supporting a number of African countries for the development of fisheries management plans consistent with the ecosystem approach to fisheries including the shrimp fisheries in Gabon, Cameroon and Nigeria. The PAF/NEPAD programme of support to COREP has also initiated two activities targetting the same fisheries in Cameroon and Gabon and other countries in the region dealing with capacity building in training, strengthening of knowledge and the development of a regional plan for the small pelagic fisheries. After discussion, the two parties affirmed their common interest in supporting the efforts of the countries in order to promote regional cooperation; particularly for the purpose of actively supporting efforts to initiate a regional harmonization process for the ecosystem management of shrimp fishery. To that end they agreed on the importance of linking the two programmes so as to avoid duplication of work and create synergies around project themes relating to the management plan. In this context and in respect of the objectives of the two programmes, the proposal retained was the joint organisation of three regional workshops underpinned by a wide participatory and consultative process at national level. The last workshop will be held in Douala (from 20 to 22 September 2012) to present the results per country. The second day will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of regional aspects/issues as well as the regional framework.



Sub-Regional Meeting on the Beach Seine Fisheries Management Plan for Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Togo

Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0100

The project “Improvement of the management of beach seine fishery in Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire” is funded by the EAF-Nansen project “Strengthening of the Knowledge Base for Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Marine Fisheries in Developing Countries” which is a partnership between the Government of Norway and FAO. During the sub-regional meeting, the four countries will be invited to present their own national management plan. Based on these documents, a sub-regional framework for monitoring and managing the beach seines will be proposed for discussion. The third day will be dedicated to identify and prioritize the future actions necessary to support the implementation of national plans and sub-regional framework.



Consultation on assessing and monitoring climate-related changes in marine ecosystems in tropical/sub-tropical regions and in the high seas

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0100

Since December 2006, FAO has been implementing the EAF-Nansen project through a tripartite agreement involving the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway. One of the major outputs of the project involves assessment and monitoring of key marine ecosystem properties using the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen which has carried out fisheries and environment surveys in the waters of developing countries for nearly 40 years. For the future phase of the project, greater emphasis is being given to assessment and monitoring of ecosystem properties and biodiversity in relation to climate change. The partners have agreed that for the work to serve a wider community there is a need to involve other related agencies through a collaborative arrangement, including the use of the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen as a possible UN-wide platform to monitor climate-related changes in the marine environment. Following initial discussions between FAO and IOC, a consultation is being organised in Paris on the nature of an assessment and monitoring programme for tropical and sub-tropical regions in the light of climate change. The meeting will be held at the UNESCO/IOC Headquarters, Room XV 1, rue Miollis, 75015 Paris, France Additional information on the meeting can be found on the Aide Memoire, the Annotated Agenda and the List of Participants.[...]



EAF-Nansen project Side Event

Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0100

Thirtieth Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries(COFI): EAF-Nansen Project Side Event Wednesday 11 July 2012. From 13.oo to 14.20, Malaysia Room(B227). FAO HQ, Rome. At the 25th Session of COFI in 2003, the member States endorsed the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) as an appropriate framework for the management of fisheries. Since 2006, FAO, with the support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Institute of Marine Research of Bergen (IMR), has been assisting its member States to adopt and apply EAF through the implementation of the EAF-Nansen project. Substantial assistance is being given to developing countries, especially those in Africa, to obtain additional knowledge on their marine ecosystems for their use in planning, monitoring and understanding the key principles of EAF. Objectives of the Side Event i. To listen to the beneficiary countries narrate their experiences in the implementation of EAF including use of information from the ecosystem surveys with the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen ii. To inform delegates and partners about the future perspectives of the project in the light of climate-related changes in the marine ecosystem This will involve looking into what has been done by the EAF-Nansen project after the COFI decision to adopt and implement the ecosystem approach to fisheries. Participation All national delegations, development partners, funding agencies, non-governmental organizations and representatives of partner projects attending the C[...]



Second meeting on the shrimp management plan in the Central Gulf of Guinea

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0100

Within the framework of the EAF-Nansen/PAF NEPAD joint project for the development of management plans for industrial shrimp fisheries, the meeting will be devoted to the training on the use of analysis and modeling for the selection of suitable options to be selected in the development of management plans with emphasis on cost-benefit approach concerning discussed choices. The workshop will be attended by regional organizations such as COREP, CEEAC, NEPAD, ACP, FCWC and three countries, Cameroon, Gabon and Nigeria, including the fisheries managers and industry partners in addition to the member States of COREP and the decision-makers of the countries represented. The expected outputs of this second meeting are (i) National documents indicating the management options discussed; (ii) National assessment of options based on the criteria of costs and benefits, constraints and facilities stemming from discussions with the decision-makers and; (iii) National orientation paper for the finalization of draft management plans.



The EAF-Nansen project is 'FAO Success Story'

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0100

The year 2011 ended with the selection of the EAF-Nansen project as an "FAO Success Story". The story of the project will be featured, among others, in the "FAO Success Stories series", a new FAO Knowledge Management publication intended to showcase to the public and external stakeholders what FAO does and what it does well towards the achievement of the Organization's mandate. Selection of the "Success Stories" is based on a number of criteria including measurable and positive impact at both regional and local reach, a wide participatory and consultative process, sustainable and replicable, establishing best practices/guidelines, building capacity and fostering interagency collaboration. For the EAF-Nansen project the following were also underscored: Mainstreaming EAF in the work of GEF-funded Large Marine Ecosystem programmes and other regional fisheries programmes in Africa; Providing fisheries assessment information in support of fisheries development and to prevent inappropriate investment in fisheries; Promoting communication for development and in support of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the ecosystem approach to fisheries. To highlight the achievement of the FAO Success Stories, communication experts have been tasked to write the focus stories for the first issue of the Series. The EAF-Nansen piece has been written with the assistance of the Project Coordinator. The story features the critical data collect[...]



The EAF-Nansen project is 'FAO Success Story'

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0100

The year 2011 ended with the selection of the EAF-Nansen project as an "FAO Success Story". The story of the project will be featured, among others, in the "FAO Success Stories series", a new FAO Knowledge Management publication intended to showcase to the public and external stakeholders what FAO does and what it does well towards the achievement of the Organization's mandate. Selection of the "Success Stories" is based on a number of criteria including measurable and positive impact at both regional and local reach, a wide participatory and consultative process, sustainable and replicable, establishing best practices/guidelines, building capacity and fostering interagency collaboration. For the EAF-Nansen project the following were also underscored: Mainstreaming EAF in the work of GEF-funded Large Marine Ecosystem programmes and other regional fisheries programmes in Africa; Providing fisheries assessment information in support of fisheries development and to prevent inappropriate investment in fisheries; Promoting communication for development and in support of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the ecosystem approach to fisheries. To highlight the achievement of the FAO Success Stories, communication experts have been tasked to write the focus stories for the first issue of the Series. The EAF-Nansen piece has been written with the assistance of the Project Coordinator. The story fea[...]






Review Meeting on EAF-Nansen/ Mundus maris Project on the Development of a Teaching Kit on EAF for Basic Schools

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0100

Since July 2011 the EAF-Nansen Project has been collaborating with Mundus maris in a pilot project to promote the sustainable use of marine ecosystem in The Gambia and Senegal. Mundus maris is an association that promotes scientific and relevant indigenous knowledge and encourages artistic expression about sea in order to promote conservation, restoration and sustainable use of marine resources. The project involves a needs assessment, the development of a communication strategy, and the preparation and deployment of educational materials. On 2 April 2012 a meeting was held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome to review progress made in the project. The meeting was attended by staff of the EAF-Nansen project, Mundus maris and the Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extensions (OEKR) of FAO. Giving updates on the project Ms Cornelia E. Nauen of Mundus maris elaborated on the training of research assistants in Dakar and Banjul, field enquiries and interviews in 35 schools with a total of 8 534 students in Senegal and 4181 in The Gambia. Participants reiterated the importance of involving children in the transmission of knowledge and awareness on sustainable fisheries to fishing communities. The meeting agreed on five key principles of the ecosystem approach to fisheries that would be appealing to children and should be elaborated in the Teaching Kit. [...]