A three-day training workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Ocean Governance and Negotiating Fair and Sustainable Fisheries Access Arrangements in Africa has opened at the University of Cape Coast(UCC).
The workshop is being organized by the African Union-InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Africa Union(AU) Centre of Excellence in Marine Fisheries and Coastal Zone Management at UCC.
The purpose of the three-day training workshop is to equip selected African Fisheries administrators with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of Oceans Governance that will contribute to building a sustainable core of experts.
Group photo of participants in the training workshop
The programme has converged participants from Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Senegal, Tunisia, Djibouti, Mozambique, Madagascar, Ghana, AU-IBAR, amongst others. Other participants joined the workshop remotely.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof Rosemond Boohene, who opened the ceremony, lauded the African Union for creating the Centre of Excellence under the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at UCC.
She said the workshop would "enormously benefit African Union member states in improving food security, livelihoods and wealth creation in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture."
Pro VC of UCC, Prof. Rosemond Boohene, opening the workshop
The Pro Vice-Chancellor commended participants for responding positively to the workshop and said at the end, participants would have a positive direction to properly steer the affairs of the industry.
In her remarks, the Representative of AU-IBAR, Madam Patricia Lumba, indicated that the AU had developed a Policy Framework and Reform Strategy (PFRS) for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa to curb exploitation.
According to her, the PFRS incorporated best practices for sustainable fisheries management and responsible aquaculture development which had been identified as priorities by stakeholders.
Representative of AU-IBAR, Madam Patricia Lumba addressing participants
Madam Lumba stressed that "well-managed oceans are crucial for achieving sustainable development and a critical component of the Africa integrated marine strategy that contributes to Agenda 2063 of the AU."
Source: Documentation and Information Section-UCC