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New Publication: Comparative Assessment of Mangrove Biomass and Fish Assemblages in an Urban and Rural Mangrove Wetlands in Ghana

Mangrove wetlands are one of the most important ecosystems on earth, providing habitats for both marine and terrestrial organisms as well as supporting essential human services. However, high dependence of humans on these systems is leading to significant transformation of mangrove wetlands and reduction in their ecosystem services including fisheries. The objectives of this study were to estimate the biomass…

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Contributions of Community Based Groups Towards Sustainable Forest Management in Western Ghana: A Case of Communities Fringing Cape Three Point Forest Reserve

The roles of the Community Based Groups (CBG’s) and their impact on the development of communities cannot be under-estimated, but with current emergence of these groups, there are doubts as to whether they are well structured and their roles being clearly defined in order to reduce any conflicts of interest that may occur. This study therefore tried to determine the…

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Community Participation in Forest Management in the Bleih Community Forest, Nimba County, Liberia

Community participation in forest management has gained popularity as one way of ensuring sustainable forest management and so the Bleih Community Forest management was assessed for its adherence to the principles of participation. The study was done in the communities around the Bleih Community Forest, northern Liberia, Sanniquillie Nimba County. A case study approach with focus group discussion and interviews…

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Fisheries Commission Ghana Recognizes Contribution of Hen Mpoano and BUSAC

Western Region, Ghana – November 4, 2016 – Fisheries Commission Ghana on Friday awarded a joint citation to the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge, BUSAC Fund and Hen Mpoano, as recognition of their significant efforts towards a sustainable fisheries sector. The recognition was given at the 32nd Farmers’ Day celebration in the Western Region. Presenting the award, the Deputy Western Regional…

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Fisheries Policy Advocacy Training

As part of SFMP’s effort to increase women participation in fisheries co-management decision-making process, and also improve their livelihood and well-being, capacity of women within the fisheries sector are being built to take leadership roles and be much involved in the fisheries management decision making process. In view of this Hen Mpoano organised a two-day Fisheries Policy Advocacy Training Workshop was…

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Media Advocacy

Promoting Sustained Compliance and Enforcement of Fisheries Regulations through Media and Stakeholder Engagements In the last 3 years, prosecution of fisheries infractions and enforcement of fisheries laws have witnessed significant improvement, thanks to donor supported initiatives aimed at promoting compliance and enforcement, including the BUSAC funded project to address illegal fishing through education and sensitization. However, gains made over the…

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Boeing Awardee

First year Masters student, Hannah Russell, has been awarded the highly competitive Boeing Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Ghana this coming fall. Russell will be working with Hen Mpoano to study food security amongst fish consumers in Takoradi, Ghana in conjunction with their ongoing Sustainable Fisheries Management Program, funded by USAID. Her fieldwork will span three months and primarily involve performing…

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Women’s participation

Enhancing women’s participation in decision-making in artisanal fisheries in the Anlo Beach fishing community, Ghana Abstract We describe a participatory action research journey with the Anlo Beach fishing community, Ghana, to promote women’s participation in decision-making. It was clear from an early stage that women were absent from formal decision-making platforms, making it difficult for their livelihood and well being…

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Combating IUU Fishing

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing violates conservation and management measures currently in place in many countries. ‪‎IUU‬ is recognized as a serious threat to sustainability of capture fisheries due to its negative impact on the ecology of the oceans and economy of fishing nations. Global losses due to IUU fishing alone are estimated between US$10 billion and US$23.5 billion…

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