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Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy

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By Patrick Karani 1, Pierre Failler 2, *, Asmerom Mengisteab Gilau 3,
Martin Ndende 4, Serigne Thiam Diop

The purpose of this article is to map-out African Union Member Countries and Regional Economic Communities engaged in Blue Economy. This engagement would provide some directed actions on how Blue Economy is contributing to achieving Sustainable Development in Africa. Download Document below, or access via the Journal of Sustainabke Development

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This report is a result of SwAM Ocean, an international development cooperation programme being operated by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM). SwAM Ocean aims to contribute to poverty reduction through sustainable use of aquatic resources. To reach this goal we need a good understanding of the premises for enabling long-term blue growth in coastal communities. This report is part of a four-part series of studies of the topic.

As part of SwAM Ocean, four studies exploring the conditions for lifting coastal communities out of poverty are being conducted. These four studies investigate institutional and infrastructure factors affecting blue growth and social development at local level in developing countries.

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A dialogue meeting was held between the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the AUDA-NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), and the Regional Economic Communities from 28th November, 2021 to 1st December, 2021.

The three leading implementers of the Fisheries Governance 2 Project met to develop and establish a mechanism for regular dialogue on emerging issues of the Fisheries Governance project phase two (FishGov2) Project and sensitize the RECs on their potential role in the project. The meeting under the support from the European Union was attended by twenty-two participants, who included AU-IBAR and AUDI-NEPAD staff, two representatives from six RECs; namely: ECOWAS, UMA, EAC, COMESA, ECCAS, and SADC. 

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Attempts to curb illegal fishing in African waters while turning a blind eye to large fishing fleets which are most damaging to fish stocks are putting small-scale fisheries at risk, according to new research from the University of St Andrews.

The research, published in Marine Policy, found that fishing restrictions and the advancement of fishing arrangements with Distant Water Fishing Nations (DWFNs) are causing small-scale fisheries to struggle financially despite being best placed to support local economies and food needs. Read more

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