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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.


Confirmation of Conference Participation: Now until 27th July, 2019


Conference Dates: 18th - 21st August, 2019


CONFERENCE VENUE: Mensvic Grand Hotel, Accra, Ghana

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conference venue - Mensvic Grand Hotel

DAY 1: MONDAY, August 19, 2019

TIME

ACTIVITY

08:30

Registration

OPENING SESSION

 

09:00 - 9:10

Agenda overview and conference objectives by Dr. Raymond Babanawo, Chief of Party, USAID Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), Coastal Resources Centre, University of Rhode Island

09:10 – 9:20

Brief Remarks by Mr. Steven E. Hendrix, Ag. Mission Director, USAID/Ghana

09:20 – 9:40

Opening and welcome address by Hon. Francis K.A. Codjoe,

 (MP), Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD)

9:40 – 9:50

Photo Session

 

 

MORNING SESSION

PLENARY SESSION 1

09:50 – 10:20

 

 

 

 

10:20 – 11:00

 

 

 

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Brian Crawford, Program Manager, SFMP; Coastal Resources Centre, University of Rhode Island

 

Keynote presentation by Prof. Rashid Sumaila, University of British Colombia, Canada

 

Topic: Global trends in fisheries in the context of the blue economy: Implications for Ghana.

 

Plenary Panel:

  • Prof. Martin Tsamenyi, Emeritus Professor, Former Director of Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security
  • Prof. Wisdom Akpalu, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
  • Representative, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO))
  • Representative, Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea(FCWC)
  • Representative, World Bank-Country Office
  • Sajid Anwar,  World Bank – Wasgington; WACA

 

Rapporteur: Ms.  Ivy Akuoko Gyimah

 

11:00– 11: 45

Coffee/Tea Break

Poster and Exhibition Session

SCIENTIFIC PARALLEL SESSION 1

 

11:45 – 13:00

 

 

 

 

 

Oral Presentations (10+5 mins each)

  • Thematic Area 1: Marine and Coastal Environment and Management (Break-out room: K. Nti Amoah)

Rapporteur: Gertrude Lucky Aku Dali

 

  • Thematic Area 2: Fisheries Science and Fisheries Biology (Break-out room: Che Yong

Rapporteur: Miriam Yayra Ameworwor

 

  • Thematic Area 3: Fisheries Management and Postharvest Fish Value Chain (Break-out room: Goto Hall)

Rapporteur: Mr. Emmanuel Gasu

 

  • Thematic Area 4: Aquaculture and Livelihoods (Break-out room: Afua Amenuah)

Rapporteur: Lawrence Ahia

 

  • Thematic Area 5: Cross-cutting issues in fisheries and Coastal management

Rapporteur: Kusi Boateng

 

 

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break & Exhibition

AFTERNOON SESSION

PLENARY SESSION 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14:00 14: 20

 

 

 

14:20 – 15:00

 

Organizer/Chair/Moderator: Mr. Fredua Agyeman, Director of Environment, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI)

 

Keynote paper/presentation by Mr. Carl Fiati, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

 

Topic: Marine Spatial Planning: Local, National and Sub-Regional Dimensions and Opportunities

 

Plenary Panel:

  • Representative, Petroleum Commission on Safe Sea Access Framework
  • Fisherman Mr. Abaka Edu
  • Mr. Godfrey Baidoo-Tsibu, Fisheries Commission of Ghana
  • Representative, Centre for Environment and Health Research and Training
  • Mr. Stephen Kankam, Hen Mpoano

 

Rapporteur: Ms. Alberta Jonah

15:00 – 15:30                                                            BREAK

15:30 – 16:00

 

 

 

 

16:00 – 17:00

 

 

 

PLENARY SESSION 3

Chair/Moderator: Prof. Joseph Aggrey-Fynn, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, UCC

 

Keynote paper/presentation by Prof. Patrick Ofori-Danson (Professor at the University of Ghana & Member, SFMP Scientific and Technical Working Group)

 

Topic: Closed Season: At Whose Cost and for Whose Benefits?

 

Plenary Panel:

  • Ms. Doris Yeboah; Head M&E, Fisheries Commission (FC)
  • Mr. Jojo Solomon; National Executive Member, Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC)
  • Mrs. Emelia Abaka Edu; Vice President, National Fish Processors and Traders Association (NAFPTA)
  • Mr. Daniel Owusu; Secretary, National Fisheries Association of Ghana (NAFAG)
  • Mr. Richster Nii Amarfio; Director, Laif Fisheries Company
  • Prof. Kobina Yankson; Chairman, SFMP Scientific and Technical Working Group

 

Rapporteur: Ms. Yaa Tiwaah Amoah

17:00

SCIENTIFIC PARALLEL SESSION 2

17:00

SCIENTIFIC PARALLEL SESSION 2

 

Oral Presentations (10+5 mins each)

  • Thematic Area 1: Marine and Coastal Environment and Management (Break-out room: K. Nti Amoah)

Rapporteur: Gertrude Lucky Aku Dali

 

  • Thematic Area 2: Fisheries Science and Fisheries Biology (Break-out room: Che Yong

Rapporteur: Miriam Yayra Ameworwor

 

  • Thematic Area 3: Fisheries Management and Postharvest Fish Value Chain (Break-out room: Goto Hall)

Rapporteur: Mr. Emmanuel Gasu

 

  • Thematic Area 4: Aquaculture and Livelihoods (Break-out room: Afua Amenuah)

Rapporteur: Lawrence Ahia

 

  • Thematic Area 5: Cross-cutting issues in fisheries and Coastal management

Rapporteur: Kusi Boateng

 

 

18:00

Closing

DAY 2: TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019

TIME

ACTIVITY

08:00

Registration

09:30 – 10:00

Opening and recap of previous day’s activities and overview of day’s agenda by Dr. Benjamin Campion, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

 

 

MORNING SESSION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 – 11:00

Break-out Working Group 1 – Break –out Room: K. Nti Amoah

 

Chair/Moderator: Prof. John Blay, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Cape Coast

 

Topic: Closed Seasons: Implications for Fisheries Management in Ghana

 

Panellists:

  • Prof. Francis Nunoo, Department of fisheries and Marine Science, University of Ghana
  • Mr. Alex Sabbah; Head Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS), FC
  • Mr. Joe Kramo; Ghana Industrial Trawlers Association (GITA)
  • Mrs. Emelia Abaka Edu; Vice President, NAFPTA
  • Mrs. Richner Odonkor, Deputy Head, Marine Fisheries Management, FC

 

Rapporteur: Mr. Joshua Adotey

Break-out Working Groups 2 - K. Nti Amoah

 

Chair/Moderator: Mr. Kofi Agbogah, Executive Director, Hen Mpoano

 

Topic: Community-Based Fisheries Management

 

Panellists:

  • Mr. Abraham Asare; Program Officer, Development Action Association (DAA)
  • Mr. Theophilus Boachie-Yiadom, Program Officer, Friends of Nation (FoN)
  • Mr. Balertey Gommey; Program Officer, Hen Mpoano
  • Rev. Michael Kodie,  Zonal Officer, Ada, FC
  • Dr. Precious Mattah; Centre for Coastal Management, UCC

 

Rapporteur: Ms. Elizabeth Effah

Break-out Working Groups 3 - : Che Yong

 

Chair/Moderator: Prof. Martin Tsamenyi (Emeritus Professor and Former Director of Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security)

 

Topic: Legal reforms

 

Panellists:

  • Mr. Thomas Insaidoo; Regional Director, FC, Central Region
  • Mr. Papa Yaw Atobrah; Regional Director, FC, Northern Region
  • Prof. Denis W. Aheto, Project Manager, USAID-UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Project, UCC & Dir. Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience
  • Mr. Richster Nii Amarfio; Director, Laif Fisheries Company
  •  Mr. Jojo Solomon; National Executive Member, Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC)
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Rapporteur: Kyei Kwadwo Yamoah

Break-out Working Groups 4 - : Goto Hall

 

Chair/Moderator: Mr Paul Bannerman, Deputy Executive Director, FC

 

Topic: Stock Assessment: Implications for Sustainable Fisheries Management

 

Panellists:

  • Prof. Patrick Ofori-Danson, University of Ghana &Member, SFMP Scientific and Technical Working Group
  • Mr. Kofi Amador; Head, Fisheries Scientific Survey Division (FSSD), FC
  • Dr. Isaac Okyere, Lecturer, Dept. of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Cape Coast,Mr. John Dickson Eshun, Fisherman, Axim
  •  
  • Ms. Jemimah Etornam Kassah, PhD Student, Dept. of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, UCC

 

Rapporteur: Ms. Michelle Clottey

Break-out Working Groups 5 - Afua Amenuah

 

Chair/Moderator: Mr. Samuel Manu; Head, Post-Harvest Unit, FC

 

Topic: Post harvest issues (processing, loss, marketing, transport, storage etc.)

 

Panellists:

  • Mrs. Doris Owusu, Programs Specialist, Resonance Global
  • Ms. Matilda Quist, Head, Marine Fisheries Management, FC
  • Mrs. Lydia Sasu, Executive Director, DAA
  • Mr. Nicholas Smith, Programs Manager, CEWEFIA
  • Dr. Afrifa Kwodjo, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  • Mr. Emmanuel Kwarteng, Project Manager, SNV

 

Rapporteur: Ms. Lesley Ntim

 

11:00 – 11:30

 

Coffee/tea Break

Poster and Exhibition Session

 

11:30 – 12:20

 

 

Reports from groups Session Chairs; Dr. Noble Asare, Head, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, UCC

5 Groups 10 minutes each------------------50 minutes

 

12:20 – 13:00

SCIENTIFIC PARALLEL SESSION 3

Oral Presentations (10+5 mins each)

 

  • Thematic Area 1: Marine and Coastal Environment and Management - K. Nti Amoah

Rapporteur: Mrs. Rebecca Kyerewa Essamuah

 

  • Thematic Area 2: Fisheries Science and Fisheries Biology : Goto Hall

Rapporteur: Ms. Paulina Okpei

 

  • Thematic Area 3: Fisheries Management and Postharvest Fish Value Chain

Rapporteur: Mr. Isaac Kofi Osei

 

  • Thematic Area 4: Aquaculture and Livelihoods

Rapporteur: Mr. William Dogah

 

  • Thematic Area 5: Cross-cutting issues in fisheries and Coastal management

Rapporteur: Ms. Sheila Fynn Korsah

 

 

13:00- 14:00

 

Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION

 

 

14:00 – 15:00

 

SCIENTIFIC PARALLEL SESSION 4

Oral Presentations (10+5 mins each)

 

  • Thematic Area 1: Marine and Coastal Environment and Management - K. Nti Amoah

Rapporteur: Mrs. Rebecca Kyerewa Essamuah

 

  • Thematic Area 2: Fisheries Science and Fisheries Biology : Goto Hall

Rapporteur: Ms. Paulina Okpei

 

  • Thematic Area 3: Fisheries Management and Postharvest Fish Value Chain

Rapporteur: Mr. Isaac Kofi Osei

 

  • Thematic Area 4: Aquaculture and Livelihoods

Rapporteur: Mr. William Dogah

 

  • Thematic Area 5: Cross-cutting issues in fisheries and Coastal management

Rapporteur: Ms. Sheila Fynn Korsah

 

15:00 – 15:40

Messages from Partners:

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Society of Ghana (FASoG)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI)
  • Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC)
  • Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
  • West Africa Coastal Areas Project (WACA)

 

Chair/Moderator: Mr. Michael Arthur-Dadzie (Esq), Executive Director, FC

 

15:40 – 16: 30

 

Summary of Scientific Parallel Sessions…….. 10 minutes each

 

Chair/Moderator: : Mr. Michael Arthur-Dadzie (Esq), Executive Director, FC

 

16:30 – 17:00

Brief Overview of Illegal Fish Transhipment ‘Saiko’ by Mr. Kofi Agbogah, Executive Director, Hen Mpoano

Screening of documentary on Illegal Fish Transhipment ‘Saiko

 

 

18:00

Closing

 

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019

 

 

TIME

ACTIVITY

08:00

Registration & Arrival of Dignitaries

Musical Interlude

SESSION 1: CLOSING CEREMONY - Master of Ceremony: Mrs. Mary Ama Bawa

 

09:30 – 9:45

Welcome Address by Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast

 

09:45 – 10:00

Message from Dr. Gifty Ako-Adounvo, Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Academic Partnerships, University of Rhode Island

10:00 – 10:10

Voices of fishermen and fishmongers from the regions (2 people)

10:10 – 10:20

Presentation of Communique by Prof. Denis W. Aheto (Project Manager, USAID-UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Project, UCC & Dir. Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience)

10:20 – 10:30

Remarks by Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana

10:30 – 10:50

Address by Hon. Francis K.A. Codjoe,

 (MP), Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD)

10:50 – 11:00

Musical Interlude

11:00 – 11:40

Keynote Address by the Hon. Yaw Osafo-Marfo, Senior Minister,  Republic of Ghana

11:40 – 12:00

Photographs, exchange of pleasantries, interaction with journalists

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch and Departure

 

Rapporteurs: Mr. Joshua Adotey, Ms. Alberta Jonah, Mr. Kwadjo Kyei - Yamoah

 

 

 

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 6th July, 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.

 


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Application for the 2nd Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment  CFCE 2019 has ended on 6th July 2019. Thank You!

 

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

 

Publications
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.

Collaborators