Completed Projects

This page highlights projects that have been completed. For more details, click on the Project names.

Cuttlefish Project

This research project funded by USAID/Sustainable Fisheries Management Project was conducted to verify a concept of collaborative fisheries management involving the Ghana Industrial Trawlers Association (GITA), University of Rhode Island (USA), the University of Cape Coast and local NGOs. Objectives of the research were to collect important data on the highly valued cuttlefish fisheries resource for management purposes. It focused on understanding cuttlefish movement and identifying the breeding grounds and breeding periods using a tag recapture and egg collectors. Indeed, the participation of fishers in research and management would be enhanced through extensive engagement, and collaboration between science and industry would be a useful approach to addressing the declining stocks.

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Development of manual for detecting fish caught or processed through illegal means

This project which was done in collaboration with Forensic Science Department developed a written guide that can inform fisheries stakeholders, Fisheries Watchdog Committees as well as fisheries enforcement personnel and marine police how to detect fish caught with illegal methods. This project was funded by USAID/Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. It described qualitative and scientific methods that could serve as identification tools. The guide described kinds of evidence needed to be collected, what testing would be needed to provide valid evidence in criminal cases against individuals using chemicals or other illegal methods or in possession of illegally caught fish.

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PAH and Microbial content Analysis in Smoked, Salted and Fresh Fish in collaboration

The primary objective of this project was to conduct microbiological analysis on smoked, salted and fresh fish as well as analyse the chemical content of smoked fish within selected Ghanaian markets to assess contamination levels. The determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in fish samples was performed at the Pesticide Residue Laboratory of the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) by the application of the Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry. Microbial analysis was performed at the Microbiology Laboratory of the Ghana Food Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The fish samples were subjected to various microbiological tests according to guidelines provided by either the Nordic Committee on Food Analysis Method (NMKL) or the International Standards Organization (ISO). This project was funded by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, both at the University of Cape Coast.

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