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Esiama Community Health Nurses Training College Gets New Pregnancy Simulation Machine

Fisheries and coastal governance NGO, Hen Mpoano has presented a set of medical training equipment including a pregnancy simulation machine to the Community Health Nurses Training College, Esiama. The equipment which also included a nicotomy bed and an artificial uterus for medical training purposes was presented to the institution during the launch of Population, Health and Environment (PHE) Project, a…

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Gender analysis: Ghana’s Artisanal Fisheries 2019

In Ghana, fishing is a highly gender-segregated occupation with fishermen catching and landing the fresh fish, and women taking responsibility for processing and marketing. The role of women is significant because they add value to fresh fish through processing, while distributing and preserving fish to ensure its availability long after the peak season and allowing it to reach consumers far…

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Roundtable discussion

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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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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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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