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Study on the prospects for opportunities linked to the creation of an industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing port complex within the Union of the Comoros and preliminary identification of the possible options

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    Comoros
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    Direction Générale des Ressources halieutiques
  • Years:

    from 2019 to 2019
  • Project description :

    The objective of this study is:

    • To study the prospects and the opportunities of the creation of an industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing port on the economic, and political plan by integrating the other related activities (tourism, transport…) in the Union of the Comoros;
    • Study and identify the conditions necessary for the creation of an environment favorable to the establishment of an industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing port structure;
    • Study and take into account aspects related to the future development of the potential of the blue economy at regional and national level, in particular:
      • Tourism
      • Transport
      • Energy
      • Maritime security
    • The development of the blue economy in the Comoros will also take into account gender equality (an aspect very much supported by the new constitution of the Union of the Comoros), food security, poverty reduction, preservation of resources and job creation;
    • To study the economic and social feasibility of the construction and operation in the Union of the Comoros, of a port complex dedicated mainly to industrial and / or semi-industrial fishing in the current context.
    • Provide indicative information on the architecture and estimated costs of the possible options.

    This study takes place around 4 tasks: study of perspectives and opportunities; Identification of conditions and prerequisites for the construction of a port infrastructure; organizational structure and management; economic outlook assessment.

Evaluation of mangrove restoration and conservation projects in the Saloum Delta and in Casamance for their capitalization as part of the creation of new marine protected areas

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaSenegalWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Marine environment
  • Customer :

    Ministry of environment and sustainable development
  • Years:

    from 2016 to 2016
  • Project description :

    The main objective of this study was to produce project documents to strengthen existing marine protected areas (MPAs) (focusing mainly on community-based MPAs) and define priorities in terms of protective measures for all vulnerable mangrove areas towards the creation of MPAs for the long-term sustainability of goods and services they provide. The activities were aimed at:

    • Propose strengthening measures of MEDD actions at central and local level to sustain existing MPAs especially in terms of regulation, operation and governance framework of the MPA, legal and tax aspects, scientific monitoring from the reference status to the valuation of acquired outputs, MEDD communication;
    • Define the needs and means of strengthening communities in their involvement in MPA management: support for the implementation of the means of governance of MPAs, management training;
    • Define an investment program in terms of support for the operation of MPAs, focused on the sustainability of existing structures: means of surveillance, security or promotion of tourism and economic development;
    • Inventory mangrove restoration activities in Senegal noting the achievements and constraints;
    • Develop a methodological guide of good practices for restoration and conservation of mangroves in Senegal from lessons learned of previous experiences;
    • Identify community initiatives of mangrove management to be set up as community MPA, proposing a roadmap for the implementation of the methodological guide;
    • Identifying map data on mangrove areas in Senegal;
    • Study the technical feasibility (ecological environmental and legal relevance) and social acceptability of an MPA creation program around the conservation and restoration sites of mangroves in defining the appropriate governance and management options: establish baseline, provide an organisational and management system (governance), identify areas of interest for strengthening the network of MPAs, suggest an appropriate institutional anchor model, identify opportunities for cooperation for the management of new MPAs, analyse the needs in equipment and infrastructure;
    • Propose accompanying measures necessary in terms of capacity building, communication, forest benefits, job creation;
    • Estimate the cost of their implementation and define a financing plan;
    • Develop manual of ecological monitoring of MPAs;
    • Propose a time and a timeline for implementation of the activities selected.

Ex post and ex ante evaluation of the Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Guinea-Bissau

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaGuinea BissauWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    European Comission
  • Years:

    from 2016 to 2016
  • Project description :

    This specific contract (No. 17) is part of the framework contract MARE / 2011/01 Lot 3 – retrospective and prospective evaluations of the international dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The objective of this specific contract is to provide to the European Commission represented by its Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), an evaluation of the current multi-species protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) between the EU and Guinea-Bissau by evaluating its performance based on salient criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, economy, relevance, consistency, value added and acceptability. This assessment provided also to the Commission with data and technical analysis of the context for the preparation of a possible negotiation of a new protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the EU and Guinea-Bissau. The Commission considers this assessment as a tool to improve the quality and coherence of the policy development process.

    The evaluation report is available on the website of DG MARE. The report is in French with summaries in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

    Services provided by the Consortium: analysis of the fishing industry in Guinea-Bissau (importance of the fisheries sector in the national economy, volume and quality of aid to the sector provided by technical and financial partners, analysis of catches, landings and the downstream sector (processing and trade) – including the value of the products in the supply chain, review of the strengths and weaknesses of fisheries governance and legislation, analysis of fishing access arrangements, ex post evaluation of the protocol to the EU FPA (including its economic effects on the EU and third country stakeholders), ex ante evaluation of a possible conclusion of a future Protocol to the FPA.

Technical Assistance to AU-IBAR on Fisheries Governance

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    Countries members of the Africa UnionKenya
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    EU delagation in Kenya
  • Years:

    from 2015 to 2018
  • Project description :

    The technical Advisor in Fisheries and Aquaculture is undertaking activities in the following eleven task areas:

    • Support AU-IBAR in identifying and implementing innovative options/approaches for fisheries management and aquaculture development;
    • Advise AU-IBAR fisheries and aquaculture programmes on synergizing implementation and activities and development of complementarities with similar initiatives at regional and continent levels;
    • Provide technical advice to foster institutional capacity building of African Union member states (AU MS) and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) for sustainable fisheries management, including support to effective combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, implementation of scientific-based fisheries management practices, aquaculture development, capacity development for expanded market opportunities at regional and international levels;
    • Bring into fisheries and aquaculture project management and implementation framework by AU-IBAR international perspective for appropriate reform of African fisheries and aquaculture through articulation of international best practices for effective delivery of AU-IBAR fisheries programmes objectives;
    • Advise on capacity building for strengthening the effective participation of AU MS in international fisheries and aquaculture and related forums for increased benefits from fish resource endowments on sustainable basis;
    • Provide technical inputs towards jumpstarting sustainable commercial aquaculture development on the continent and enhancing effective stakeholders participation in fisheries and aquaculture;
    • Support project identification and development in fisheries and aquaculture by AU-IBAR and provide technical support for implementation of fisheries and aquaculture projects and programmes, especially those funded by the EU;
    • Provide technical support to AU-IBAR to develop sound knowledge management and communication skills for dissemination of projects and programmes results, formulation of lessons and best practices from project/programme activities as well as appropriate communication strategy with stakeholders, including AU MS, RECs, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), RFBs, in particular for EU fisheries and aquaculture funded projects;
    • Help AU-IBAR to identify emerging unforeseen technical issues during project implementation and develop amendment proposals for appropriate corrective measures;
    • Assist in formulating and implementing effective communication and visibility strategy for the project and other EU funded projects and behavioural change;
    • Assist in formulating and implementing novel knowledge management strategies for Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing.

Ex post and ex ante evaluation of the Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Gabonese Republic

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaGabonWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    European Commission (DG MARE)
  • Years:

    from 2015 to 2015
  • Project description :

    The evaluation was carried out within the Framework contract No MARE/2011/01 ‘Evaluation and impact assessment activities for DG MARE – Lot 3: Retrospective and prospective evaluations on the international dimension of the common fisheries policy (CFP)’ as specific contract No 10. The Commission sees this evaluation as a tool for improving the quality and coherence of the policy development process. Independent evaluations of protocols to Fisheries Partnership Agreements (FPA) between the EU and third countries constitute a legal requirement for the EU.

    This evaluation assessed the performance of the two years (2013 – 2015) Protocol to the FPA between the EU and Gabon based on a range of salient criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and acceptability and economic effects. This evaluation contributes by delivering clear conclusions and recommendations to prepare the Commission whether to negotiate a new protocol based on the European Commission ex ante guide 2001.

    The evaluation report will be available to the public on the DG MARE’s website.

Field tag awareness activities Atlantic – Wide research programme on bluefin tuna

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    Mediterranean Sea
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    ICCAT
  • Years:

    from 2014 to 2014
  • Project description :

    The marking of Atlantic red was initiated in 2010 by ICCAT. Since then, more than 24,000 brands have been deployed in tagging campaigns carried out both in the Mediterranean and on the coasts of the North-East Atlantic.

    The placement of these marks on bluefin tuna aims to provide scientific data allowing a better understanding of the species and its dynamics. Thus each return to ICCAT of one of these brands allows an important scientific advance. However, ICCAT is today faced with a major problem: the return ratio of these brands is dramatically low (less than 1%) even though around 13,000 tonnes of bluefin tuna are caught each year.

    In order to improve this situation, the ICCAT Secretariat has mandated the Franco-Italian group COFREPECHE – OCEANIS to boost information and awareness around these brands in 14 countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey. The objective is to improve the recovery of brands.

    To do this, the national authorities such as the Fisheries Directorates but also the local authorities and the administrations in charge of the control, the fishermen targeting bluefin tuna or likely to catch it, the national observers requested on the catching vessels and the traps as well as ICCAT regional observers, representatives of recreational and sports fisheries and scientific institutes were met and sensitized.

    At the local level, a network of dedicated focal points was deployed from June to the very beginning of September 2014, it revolves around a referent per country.

Development and implementation of eco-labelling schemes in the fish sector – Vanuatu and the Pacific Region

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    OceaniaPacific OceanPapua New GuineaTongaTuvaluVanuatu
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    European Commission
  • Years:

    from 2014 to 2015
  • Project description :

    The project would help to inform government and industry groups on aspects of the World Trade Organisation Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT) Agreement that address eco-labelling schemes, and how Pacific governments could reform existing policy, regulations and institutional framework in order to support the development and use of ecolabels.

    The overall objective of the project was to promote the development and implementation of eco-labelling schemes to support proper access of environmentally efficient fish products from the Pacific countries to regional, European and global markets.

    The project was to benefit 5 countries in the West Central Pacific region, Vanuatu the project initiator, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. It was designed to assess prospects and potential impacts of the adoption of eco-labelling schemes in the fish sector in Vanuatu and in the Pacific region, and to raise awareness among key national and regional stakeholders through two field missions.

    There were two expected results:

    Result 1: Assessed trade opportunities and enabling conditions for the development of Eco-labelling schemes in the fishery sector in the Pacific region; and

    Result 2: Raised awareness amongst government ministries, Quality improvement (QI) institutions, private sector institutions and key stakeholders on the benefits of eco-labelling schemes in the fishery sectors in the Pacific region

Project for the development of Daman and Diu, Gujarat State, India – feasibility study to upgrade the fishing ports in Daman and Diu

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AsiaIndiaIndian Ocean
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    Egis-Ports
  • Years:

    from 2013 to 2013
  • Project description :

    Omnibus Industrial Development Corporation (OIDC), a public Indian company specialised in industrial development, requested Egis International, a port development company whose headquarters are in France, to assess the potential of developing the coastal areas of two towns located in the State of Gujarat (Eastern side of India): Daman and Diu. Each of them having specificities: Daman having an artisanal fishing port where future income from tourism could be generated (eco-tourism) while Diu could become a larger artisanal-semi-industrial fishing ports with potentials for ferries development. Egis asked COFREPECHE to analyse the current situation of the existing fishing ports (including their competitions) and the general situation of the fishing activities in this area of India in order to define the scope of development of the two coastal towns to be proposed to the Client.

    Services provided by COFREPECHE:

    • Inventory of existing fishing facilities : general description of facilities and equipment dedicated to fishing activities: quays (length, depth) refrigeration equipment, ice machine, chiller, fresh and sea water supply, boat maintenance facilities, power supply equipment, auction halls, processing halls works shop for repair yard; equipment for collect and storage of fish wastes, etc.; review of the existing fishing fleet: Type of boat, Number of fishermen, Number of boat per category in each port, type of fishing activity, Condition of the fleet, Etc.; Fish catches (species and volumes per month and per year over ten years min.); description of existing methods for fish landing, for auctioning, etc. and comparison with usual methods;
    • Stakeholders: description of fishermen’s associations; associations sellers; local administrative services;
    • Organisation of the ports: description (a) of fish flow from landing to the exit of the first handling site (with or without an auction hall), (b) of the port services (including control of the cold chain: cold room, ice maker, etc..) within the port and the surrounding areas; (c) of sales: sales location, organisation, sales volumes (species and quantities and prices);
    • Diagnosis: identification and description of problems encountered by fishermen and wholesalers such as access to the harbour, mooring, maintenance, security, quality of sea products (from inside fishing vessel to sale/auction);
    • Definition of the objectives of the development project: strengthening the site including assessing potential increase the ports superficies, seafood safety strengthening, improvement of the landing and first handling facilities and boat maintenance and repair.

Training toward professionalization of women fish retailers in fish markets

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    AfricaSenegalWest Africa
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    ACP Fish II
  • Years:

    from 2013 to 2013
  • Project description :

    This project aimed at promoting the application of sanitary standards in the fish markets of five localities in Senegal: Kaolack, Tambacounda, Thiès, Tivaouane and Touba.

    The project was carried out in 2 phases:

    • Preparatory phase: site visits for assessment of the situation (infrastructure, equipment and level of knowledge) with regards to sanitary standards in the markets for 5 selected localities; development of training modules and guide on good hygiene practices and quality; recommendations to remedy the deficiencies noted, including (non-)realism and (non-)adequacy of the existing standards.
    • Implementation phase: conduct training in Kaolack, Tambacounda, Thiès, Tivaouane and Touba. In each locality, the training brought together 25 beneficiaries, mainly women and lasted 5 days. The training covered theoretical but also practical aspects, involving visits to markets and to other locations where the fish is marketed.

Opportunity and evaluation study prior to a public-private partnership contract as part of an extension project for the port of Cotinière

  • Continents / Region / Country:

    Atlantic OceanEuropaFrance
  • Areas:

    Fisheries
  • Customer :

    Conseil Général de la Charente Maritime
  • Years:

    from 2013 to 2013
  • Project description :

    The study aimed to identify solutions to optimize the structuring of the operation of the three relevant fishing ports under General Council of Charente Maritime jurisdiction, namely those of Royan, La Rochelle-Chef de Baie and La Cotinière .

    A question from this study, the solution consisting in dedicating a specific management mode for each of these three ports was chosen.

    The main structuring elements of the revitalization of the deep-sea fishing place in Charente Maritime and the extension of the Port de la Cotinière by the construction of a third basin and a new tidal market.

    The objective is to perpetuate and develop the port of Cotinière by:

    • The creation of infrastructure to optimize access to fishing vessels at all times;
    • The design of the tidal hall to meet both functional and functional constraints and to cope with the increase in tonnage landed.

    COFREPECHE examined the functionality of the La Cotinière new auction project prepared by the architectural firm.

    COFREPECHE experts are on site and have worked in conjunction with auction management specialists to verify the assessments and take into account developments in this type of installation.