Support to the artisanal fishing community for the sustainable management of coastal fisheries and to improve their economic situation.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Project Manager, Project Assistant, Communications Officer and Gender M&E Officer on board.
  • Initiated location scouting for the production of a promotional video, including the shooting of lagoons and fishers in Rodrigues, and shooting of FADs in Mauritius
  • Draft Work Plan for Gender Analysis to be executed from March to May 2021.
  • Negotiating with Ministry of Fisheries for a convenient office space for the PMU. Proposed one at Albion Fisheries Research Centre was inadequate.
  • Coordination with co-applicant Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping was held on 22nd January 2021.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS:

  • Artisanal fishers use best fishing practices for sustainable management of marine resources
  • Artisanal fishers operate environmentally friendly post-harvest fish processing plant
  • ​More artisanal fishers apply EU-norms for fish processing

 

ACTIVITIES:

  • Sensitisation and dissemination of information to artisanal fishers (including young people and women) on best fishing practices
  • Construction and installation of modern FADs with satellite buoys and biomass sensors for improved fishing efficiency
  • Purchase of Satellite Buoy Tracking/Biomass Software and development of an App to be used by artisanal fishers to locate the FADS as well as to better plan their fishing trips ( 2 sets of Single Buoy Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) have been received and deployed at sea and the procurement of 3 other is ongoing to improve fishing efficiency)
  • Training of artisanal fishers, especially young people, in use of FADS in (i) localisation of FADs using GPS signals (ii) reading biomass information transmitted to mobile phones (iii) long-lining around FADs
  • Building works to improve essential facilities in existing fish landing stations (e.g. WCs and continuous supply of running water)
  • Engineering assessment of the retrofitting of rainwater harvesting systems to selected fish landing stations
  • Procurement of solar powered ice flakes making machines have been initiated.
  • Assessing the suitability for existing fish landing stations of the installation of PV panels
  • Installation of rainwater harvesting systems along with appropriate purification plants
  • Installation of solar-powered/solar ice-making machines and installation of small solar PV panels for lighting
  • Training of artisanal fishers in the use and maintenance of the installed facilities
  • Design and construction of cold room using solar absorption chiller technology + a room for accommodating an industrial ice machine
  • Training of fishers especially women and young people in fish hygiene, fish processing and marketing
  • Sensitisation and awareness raising on reducing post-harvest waste
  • Office space at Fisheries Training & Extension Centre (FiTEC), Pointes aux Sables has been provided
  • Status reports for Fish Landing Stations have been produced
  • Gender & Youth Action Plan has been finalized and circulated
  • 196 fishers were sensitized on the best fishing practices