All posts by Hɛn Mpoano

Roundtable to discuss the international guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure and the relevance for Ghana’s fisheries sector

The aim of the roundtable was to bring together decision makers and stakeholders to explore how implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) could help to address some of the challenges facing Ghana’s small-scale fisheries sector in the context of the on‐going reform…

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The Problem with “Saiko” An Ecological and Human Catastrophe 

In 2017, an estimated 100,000 tonnes of fish were landed through saiko, 80,000 tonnes of which were landed in the Central Region port of Elmina alone. This equates to around 40% of the total landings of Ghana’s artisanal fishing sector, and more than twice the official landings of small pelagics in the country.  The value of fish traded through saiko…

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Building Sustainable Fishing Businesses through Legal Protection of Communal Mangrove Ecosystems

BUSAC and its development partners (DANIDA, the EU and USAID) is supporting Hen Mpoano to contribute to sustainable fishing businesses through legal protection of communal owned mangrove ecosystems in the Ellembelle and Nzema East Districts. Destruction of the mangrove ecosystem which serves as habitat, nursery and spawning grounds for major marine fish species has been a factor accounting for the decline…

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Ghana’s Fishing Communities: Chronicles of Artisanal Fishers

This documentary, aired on ATL FM, explores the challenges faced by artisanal fishing communities in Ghana and the measures they have resorted to in the face of declining fish stocks. The show was produced by Mary Ama Bawa from ATL FM, with   Hen Mpoano and EJF under the Far Dwuma Nkodo project. Click to view

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Synthesis of Scientific and Local Knowledge on Sardinella species in Ghana

Scientific information about the Sardinella species in Ghana is scattered throughout many hard to find journals, workshop reports and grey literature. Much of the scientific literature is dominated by information about the northern West African Sardinella stock, not the stock in the Gulf of Guinea that is subject to different environmental conditions that might affect biological properties and behavioral patterns….

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Picture Book of Some Elasmobranchs and Billfishes Caught in Ghana

This picture book catalogues some species of elasmobranchs and billfishes landed during the implementation of the project “Enhancing the Management and Conservation of Elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) and Billfishes through improved fisheries data collection and characterization of knowledge on harvest and trade in Ghana”. This book has been produced as a tool for education and communication with fishermen towards the…

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Far Dwuma Nkodo: Securing Sustainable Fisheries

Hen Mpoano in partnership with EJF is working to improve the lives of fishers and promote food security across Ghana. We’ll work with almost 60 communities across the 10 districts in Ghana’s Central Region and in the Volta Estuary in a bid to safeguard marine resources for current and future generations of local fishers.  Hen Mpoano and EJF, through this  three-year project,…

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Sustainable Fisheries Management Project makes Stride in Mangroves Replanting

The roles of mangroves to the management and sustainability of fisheries resources cannot be over emphasized for which reason government would have to take steps towards ensuring conservation of mangroves. However, the efforts of some non-governmental organizations to preserve these mangroves so they could continue playing those important roles seems to be yielding positive results. Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP),…

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PRESS RELEASE: World Wetlands Day 2018

INITIATIVE TO CONSERVE THE GREATER AMANZULE WETLANDS (GAW) LAUNCHED ON WORLD WETLAND DAY TAKORADI, GHANA: Hen Mpoano, a fisheries and coastal governance Ghanaian NGO and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded and United States Forest Service (USFS)-managed Feed the Future Coastal Sustainable Landscapes Project (CSLP) are pleased to announce the celebration of this year’s WORLD WETLANDS DAY. In…

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Knee Deep: A Ghanaian village faces the rising tide of climate change

Coastal fisheries contribute $400 million annually to the economy of West Africa. In Ghana, USAID works with partner organization Hen Mpoano to mitigate the impact of climate change on the livelihoods of 100,000 women and men involved in the local fishing industry. The rollout of fuel-efficient cook stoves for smoking fish improves the value chain for women fish processors like Comfort and…

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