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By James Emejo,

The federal government has lamented the country’s continued importation of fish to bridge existing deficit, describing it as a huge drain on the scarce foreign exchange. Nigeria requires about 3.6 million metric tons (MMT) of fish annually to meet local consumption and currently produces only about 1.2 MMT. The deficit of about 2 MMT is supplemented by annual importation, a situation which further exerts undue pressure on foreign exchange.

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By Marla Simeon (Seychelles), Judith Akolo (Kenya), Jose ArturAriscado (Mozambique)

A buzz of activity fills the air as vendors’ shuffles to catch the eyes of passersby while others tries to guide the curious shoppers to their stalls. We are interested in one particular corner shop, the ‘Meat and Fish Supermarket’ run by a fishmonger named Mary Massawa.

While persistent gender inequalities prevent women from fully participating in economic opportunities and decision making, ultimately restricting the potential of the fishing sector, Mary has weathered it all. She started her fish trade business while she was a high school student, she tells us she would be chased away from school because her parents were so poor they couldn’t afford to pay for her school fees. The young student had to go to Lake Victoria to purchase fish from the fishers and then sell it at the market near her home, the proceeds are what she used to pay her school fees. On completing her high school education, she went ahead with her fish business which has thrived over the years.

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The Role of the Blue Economy in Development

Posted by JUDITH DORA AKOLO on 13 June 2022 6:55 PM CAT

Blue Economy’ is a term many people, particularly in countries without direct access to the oceans and seas, may not be very familiar with.   However, the term is slowly, seriously, and steadily gaining ground among economists, fisheries experts, regional and international organissations. 

It is a term that all economic planners need to understand and familiarise themselves with so that it is properly estimated and integrated into national gross domestic products.


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By Catherine Chumo, Senior Information Officer
Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)

Animal Welfare Nests at the United Nations

Years of stakeholder collaboration with animal welfare organizations culminated in a monumental achievement this last week at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. For the first time in history, a resolution that exclusively refers to animal welfare was adopted on March 2, 2022.

The Resumed Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) adopted the Animal Welfare, Environment and Sustainable Development Nexus Resolution which was sponsored by seven (7) Member States, namely Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal, South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The draft resolution was discussed, negotiated, and was agreed upon at a referendum and was passed by Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) ahead of UNEA 5.2.

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Par: Naoufel Haddad

Que faire pour que les pays africains tirent pleinement avantage des textes mondiaux sur la pêche, qu’ils signent avec enthousiasme sans pour autant les appliquer convenablement ? Des pistes de solutions ont été défrichées du 28 au 30 mars 2022 à Dar es Salaam en Tanzanie, au cours d’une réunion consultative initiée par l’Union africaine à travers son Bureau interafricain des ressources animales (UA-BIRA).

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By Mbaraka Kambona, Dar es Salaam

The Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania, Hon. Abdallah Ulega has asked the AU Member states to continue enhancing sustainable fishing because the sector plays an important social-economic role in building national economies through income generation, employment and food security thus supporting multitude of livelihoods.

Hon. Ulega made the remarks on 28 March, 2022, when officiating the Consultative Meeting "To Support AU Members States Involvement, Compliance With Global Instruments And Promote Their Use By AU Member States" held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Par Virginie NGO NDJIKI

Le Réseau Africain des Femmes Transformatrices et Commerçantes de poisson (AWFISHNET) déjà installé. C’est à l’issue d’un atelier organisé du lundi 28 février au  mardi 1er mars 2022, à Bangui en République Centrafricaine. Une forte délégation composée du Représentant Bureau Interafricain des Ressources Animales de l’Union Africaine (UA-BIRA), M. Philippe OUEDRAOGO, Mme Patricia MAISHA, Représentante d’AWFISHNET RDC et les autres facilitateurs, ont dirigé les travaux durant 02 jours, dont l’objectif principal était d’organiser des ateliers nationaux en vue de former un chapitre national en RCA d’AWFISHNET, composé de femmes actives dans la pisciculture, la transformation du poisson, et le commerce.

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Selon les experts participants à la réunion du Think Tank du Mécanisme africain de reforme de la pêche ouverte à Abidjan le 9 mars 2022, Malgré les rôles et avantages importants, le secteur de la pêche est confronté à des défis sociaux, économiques et environnementaux, notamment le changement climatique et la pollution. 

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