FIDEA Fishing Data East Africa

1st Call
Project Duration: June 2019 to June 2022
FIDEA Partnership Project East Africa
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Project Summary

Artisanal fisheries are crucial for the livelihoods of coastal communities in East Africa, contributing to poverty reduction and economic development in the region. Yet overexploitation and destructive fishing activities continuously harm the coastal and marine ecosystems, and the lack of data hinders an effective and sustainable fisheries management in the region. Fishing Data East Africa (FIDEA) addressed this lack head-on by developing a regional framework for the collection, sharing, analysis and reporting of fisheries data. The project has achieved a significant impact on policymaking in the East African region by successfully linking policymakers and fisheries researchers through an international partnership supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This enabled the project partners to conduct an extensive review of the fisheries information system in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mozambique and provided the opportunity for the countries in the Western Indian Ocean Region to submit their first report on the progress towards SDG 14.4.1.

Key Impacts

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CAPACITY
DEVELOPMENT

The project organised training workshops on data handling and analysis and created a training portal linked to online tools for analysing fisheries data.
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SCIENCE-POLICY
TRANSFER

The project established a joint taskforce for the exchange of fisheries data and information between researchers and the National Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in Tanzania.
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DIGITAL
INNOVATIONS

The project further developed a mobile data collection solution (eCAS system) to ensure timely delivery of fisheries information for decision making.

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Impact Story

Fishing Data East Africa (FiDEA)

Artisanal fisheries are crucial for the livelihoods of coastal communities in East Africa. …