FROM Octopus closures to sustainable marine resource management planning; promoting equitable governance of tenure (including women and youth) in small-scale fishing communities in Zanzibar and in Tanzanian Coast through extending successful pilot initiatives.


  • Scoping study to select 5 BMUs in Pangani Districts and 7 SFCs in Zanzibar (Pemba and Unguja) using defined selection criteria completed

  • Field officers appointed and trained
  • Equipment purchased
  • Socioeconomic baseline and EOP in each community completed


  • OUTPUT 1: Sufficient knowledge and incentives given to enable 4 BMUs (Tanzania mainland) and 7 SFCs (Zanzibar) including membership of 30% women, to engage equitably in collaborative and sustainable marine resource management

  • OUTPUT 2: Local marine resource management plans implemented for 4 BMUs (Tz mainland) and 8 SFCs (Zanzibar) (including fisheries closures where relevant), and condition of marine resources improved
  • OUTPUT 3: Knowledge and perception of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fishers (VG-SSF) is improved amongst policymakers and small-scale fisheries stakeholders in North Tanzania


  • Scoping survey;

  • Capacity assessment and capacity building trainings of local fisheries institutions and District authorities;
  • Establishment of local marine resource management plans including reef closures (octopus and other species);
  • Artificial reef construction and deployment (reef balls);
  • Introduction of community conservation compliance linked loans (MKUBA);
  • Participatory market development workshops; policy and regulations review;
  • Participatory resource monitoring/analysis at community level