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Accra Conference - CFCE 2019

Theme: Fisheries and coastal governance in the modern age

The Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of the University of Cape Coast in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island (USA) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is organising the second Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment (CFCE). These conferences are designed to strengthen policy linkages and enable policymakers, fishermen & fishmongers, researchers, journalists, and think tanks connect their voices to the sustainable fisheries and coastal development agenda of Ghana and the West African sub-region at large. The CFCE 2019 will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss topical fisheries management issues such as closed seasons, oil and gas development, transhipment, sanitation, ocean governance, the blue economy, livelihoods, child labour and human trafficking as well as social resilience in coastal areas. This conference will feature panel discussions, keynote presentations and session papers. There will also be an opportunity for industry and market players to showcase their latest technologies.

Accepted abstracts will be published in a Book of Abstracts. Outcomes of the conference will be published as a Communique and resulting scientific papers accepted will be published in the peer reviewed Journal of Fisheries and the Coastal Management. The journal fills the void in the current literature on African fisheries science, coastal management strategies and policy issues.


Papers are invited to discuss a range of themes that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Fisheries and coastal governance and policy: To address various issues including overcapacity and overfishing, etc. It will provide critical scientific information needs for policy making in fisheries and the coastal environment.
  2. Fisheries economics and value chains: Post-harvest processes, transport and handling, standards, labelling and certification, marketing, etc.
  3. Ocean and coastal management: Coastal mapping and analysis, GIS techniques and applications for fisheries and coastal zone management, modelling and simulations of fisheries and coastal environmental issues, coastal protection (erosion, tidal waves, etc.)
  4. Marine and coastal environment: environmental stressors and pollution control, marine protected areas and biodiversity conservation, climate change and adaptation, etc.
  5. Marine and coastal businesses: oil and gas development and exploration, local content, corporate social responsibility and corporate environmental management, industrial ecology, eco-tourism, recreation, etc.
  6. Mariculture and green businesses for the coastal environment: Culture potential of coastal and marine organisms, biology of culture species, growth performance of culture species, business and profitability models, etc.
  7. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices: Fish transshipment, unauthorized fishing gears, unapproved fishing zones, target species and sizes, etc.
  8. Livelihoods and poverty reduction in coastal areas: Supplementary livelihoods, education, etc.
  9. Child labour and trafficking: Fisher migration, demographic shifts, etc.


Go to Register/Submit Abstract section to register for the conference

Abstract Submission Deadline: 6th July, 2019

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection of abstracts: Continuous until 20th July, 2019

Finalised Paper/Abstract Submission Deadline: 27th July, 2019.

Registration for conference participation: Now until 27th July, 2019

Conference Dates: 18th - 21st August, 2019

CONFERENCE VENUE: Mensvic Grand Hotel, Accra, Ghana

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MENSVIC GRAND HOTEL GHANA - Click map for directions

conference venue - Mensvic Grand Hotel

Details of programme for the conference will be available soon

Local (Ghanaian) Applicants: GHS 200.00

Foreign Applicants: US$ 50.00

Students: Students will be required to present valid student identification, to be uploaded during the online registration, for a waiver of the conference fee

All payments are non-refundable. Please be sure about attending the conference before paying the conference fees.

Payment should be made to the account details below:

            Account Name: Centre for Coastal Management

            Bank: Zenith Bank Ghana Limited

            Branch: University of Cape Coast

            Account Number: 0006011407382

 Submission of Abstract

• All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.
• Abstracts should be based on any of the above listed topics
• Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Authors should indicate their presentation preference: oral or poster.
• After submitting your abstract, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the abstract.
• There will be continuous review of abstracts on receipt and notification of acceptance/rejection of the abstracts submitted will be sent to you via email by 30th April, 2019.

Authors should indicate whether the abstract submitted is for a PAPER for oral presentation or POSTER. Kindly follow the instructions below:

Paper - oral presentation

Paper sessions will be held in parallel sessions according to predetermined thematic areas. Each presenter will be allocated 15 minutes for oral presentation and audience discussion.
Paper should not exceed 8,000 words including references.
Session reference and time of presentation will be communicated one week before the conference.

Poster presentation

There will be dedicated poster sessions which will be supplemented by personal visits to stands during coffee breaks.
Poster size A0 in portrait format.
Poster titles will be placed on poster boards under thematic categories, to guide the placement of posters.
All abstracts will be published in a Book of Abstracts and made available at the conference.

Accepted papers will be published in the peer reviewed Journal of Fisheries and the Coastal Management. The comments from the oral presentation and subsequent peer review processes will ensure that the quality of papers meet the journal requirements for publication. It is however the prerogative of the editor of the journal to decide on the acceptance or otherwise of each paper.


Conference Registration Form

Complete the form below to register and submit your abstract


Accra Conference 2017

The first edition of the Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment was held in Accra, Ghana, from 25 - 27 September, 2017.

Scientists from Ghana’s universities and research institutions, civil society, private sector, fishermen and fishmongers, government ministries and agencies, representatives from the USAID Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) of the University of Rhode Island, USA in all numbering 240, convened in Accra for the first Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment (CFCE), referred to as the Accra Conference 2017.

The scientists were from the University of Cape Coast, University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Education, Winneba; University for Development Studies, University of Energy and Natural Resources, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Civil society represented at the Conference included Imani Ghana, Hen Mpoano, Friends of the Nation, Free the Slaves and the Concerned Ghanaian Citizens in Fisheries.

The Conference provided a platform for researchers, journalists, political representatives and representatives from think-tanks to connect around issues of vital national interest concerning sustainable fisheries and coastal management in Ghana. The theme was CHANGING MARINE FISHERIES AND COASTS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGING MINDS. Participants worked in interactive and dynamic sessions to consider issues in six main areas:

Fisheries and coastal governance and policy
Fisheries economics and value chains
Ocean and coastal environments
Mariculture and green businesses for the coastal environment
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices
Livelihoods and poverty reduction in coastal areas


Conference presentations
Oral presentationsconference book of abstracts
Poster presentations
CFCE 2017 in the media




Industry players and other groups who want to display their products should contact the organisers so that space and time would be allocated at the event (send email to organisers: ccm@ucc.edu.gh)

 The Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Management 2019 is being organised through a collaborative effort of both local and international partners who are keenly concerned about development of the fisheries, marine and coastal sector of Ghana and the West African Sub-Region.