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African Journalists for Sustainable Fisheries Workshop
February 28-March 04, 2016Accra, Ghana and Elmina, Ghana

The African Journalists for Sustainable Fisheries Workshop is jointly hosted by the World Bank and the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with USAID and the West Africa Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission. The objective of the workshop is to assist African journalists in producing fact-based reporting on fisheries issues. It is expected that accurate reporting will build the awareness needed in countries, create a better enabling environment for the reforms governments have engaged in and secure the sustainable productivity of the fishery resource.

The world’s fisheries contribute significantly to reducing extreme poverty, building climate resilient communities, food security, and fostering strong economies. Globally, 1 billion people in developing countries depend on fish for their primary source of protein. The value of traded fisheries in developing countries is estimated at $25 billion, making it their most significant traded product.

The marine fish stocks in the waters of Africa are a cornerstone of food and nutritional security, livelihoods, social safety nets, and jobs. About 1.5 million tons of fish are legally captured in West African waters each year, with an estimated wholesale value of $2.5 billion. However, this generates far lower returns than would be expected, because of overexploitation, poor management, and illegal fishing. The World Bank estimates that an additional $300 million in annual value-added could be created in West Africa with better governance and management of the fisheries, as well as greater local investment.

African countries are at the forefront of building awareness and reducing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, which in layman terms is like stealing fish that would otherwise have been the catch of coastal fishermen. For example, in Sierra Leone, after two years of enforcing a six-mile trawler-free zone, coastal fishermen reported increased catches.

 

Sunday, February 28 - Arrival in Accra

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Opening Remarks:

  • Samuel Quaatey, Director of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ghana
  • Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, Director, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources
  • Henry Kerali, Country Director, World Bank

Why African Journalists for Sustainable Fisheries Workshop

Workshop Program & Expectations

Introduction of Trainers

Creating Bonds, Getting Acquainted Professionally          

Dinner

 

 

Monday, February 29 - Field Trip to Apam, Moree, Elmina

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Travel from Accra to the Coast

Visit of Discovery: Fisheries, Fisher Folk and Communities

·         Selection of Team Leaders

·         Sites visits and interaction with fishing communities of:

o   Apam

o   Moree

o   Elmina

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Check-in at Elmina Beach Resort

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dinner
Observations from the Field by Team Leaders
Discussion of Story Ideas
Scoping Survey of What we Know about Fisheries

 

Tuesday, March 1, Elmina

 

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Opening Remarks

Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, Director, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources

Marieme Talla Diagne, Acting Permanent Secretary, West Africa Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Sustainable Fisheries for Better Livelihoods

  • TED Talk Video by Jackie Savitz: Save the Oceans, Feed the World
  • Sustainable Fisheries for Poverty Reduction and Food Security
  • Introduction of Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa

Speakers:

Peter Kristensen, Lead Environmental Specialist, World Bank

Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU IBAR

  • Why Should Journalists Care?

Speaker:

Kofi Tsikata, Senior Communications Officer, World Bank

10:30 am – 10:45 pm

Coffee break

10:45 am – 1:00 pm

Overview of Fisheries Systems

  • Types of Fisheries Ecosystems – Inland, Marine Capture Fisheries vs. Aquaculture
  • Types of Stocks – Demersal and Pelagic
  • Global Trends in Supply and Demand
  • Globalization of Trade, Fish for Food vs. Fish for Feed
  • Fisheries Harvesting Sectors – Industrial/Commercial vs. Small- Scale/Artisanal

Speaker:

Brian Crawford, Director, USAID SFMP and Adjunct Faculty Marine Affairs, URI

  • Small Scale Fisheries in Africa-Priorities for Sustainable Production and Development
  • Aquaculture Development- Priorities for Sustainable Production and Development

Speakers:

        Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU IBAR

Obinna Anozie, Policy Analyst, Fisheries and Aquaculture, AU IBAR

  • Capture Fisheries as a Renewable Natural Resource and Challenges in Management (Tragedy of the Commons)

Speaker:

Wisdom Akpalu, Associate Professor of Economics, UNU WIDER University of Ghana

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Governance of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Africa’s context

 

Open Access Leading to Overcapacity and Overfishing , Illegal Fishing, Weak National

Governance, Subsidies, Issues of Licensing

National Jurisdiction and International Law

Challenges of Transboundary Management Relative to Fisheries Ecosystem Units

Open Access vs. Managed Access, Licenses, Port-State Measures, Traceability of Landings

International Obligations, Fisheries Agreements

Transparency: Why Is It Important?

Speaker:
Martin Tsamenyi, PhD. Professor of Law & Director, The Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security, University of Wollongong, Chairman, ICCAT

Options for Enhancing Fisheries Governance in Africa: Stakeholders’ Perspectives 

Speaker:

Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU IBAR

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Discovering our Journalists

·         Listening to short spots and reading articles produced by the journalists

Speaker:
George Collinet, Communications Consultant, World Bank

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Access to Information and to the Right Sources

  • Data-driven, Computer-assisted reporting on fisheries
  • Sources of information: websites, social networking, feeds, and videos

Speaker:
Sunny Kaplan, Communications Specialist, the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services Partnership, the World Bank

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dinner


Wednesday, March 2, Elmina

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Policy and Institutions

  • Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa

Speaker:
 Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU IBAR

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Helping African Fishermen Reclaim their Livelihoods

 

Tools to Manage Fisheries

  • Fleet Management, Capacity Management
  • Industrial and Artisanal Fisheries
  • Community-Led Fisheries Management: Case Studies from Lake Victoria, Malawi and Ghana

Speaker:
Wisdom Akpalu, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Ghana

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Illegal Fishing, Unreported Catches, Compliance with Laws and Regulations 

Speaker:
Kofi Agbogah, SFMP National Activities Manager/ Director Hen Mpoano

Regional Cooperation for Combating IUU

Speaker:

Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer, AU IBAR

Gender Issues and Rights

Speaker:
Kofi Agbogah, SFMP National Activities Manager/ Director Hen Mpoano

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Using Participatory Approach to Prepare a Story
Speaker:

Patricia Aba Mensah, Communications Officer, USAID/Ghana SFMP

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch                           

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Marketplace with Fishers, Fishmongers and Fishing Communities

Solidifying Story Ideas and Interviews - Group Work

Speaker:

George Collinet, Communications Consultant, World Bank

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Packaging and Humanizing your Story

Radio/TV Journalists Group Work

 

o   Radio/TV Concepts and theories

o   Getting the most out of Interviews

o   Jingles to Promote your Stories

Speaker:

George Collinet, Communications Consultant, World Bank

Packaging and Humanizing your Story

Print/Online Journalists Group Work

 

o   Framing the Story: Solutions or Problems?

o   Pitching your Story to Editors, National and International Outlets as a Team

Speaker:

Nora FitzGerald, Communications Consultant, World Bank

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Visit of Elmina Slave Castle


Thursday, March 3, Elmina

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Expanding Reach through Social Media

Speaker:

Noel Kokou Tadegnon, Reporter, Reuters

10:00 am – 11:30 am

African Fisheries: Solutions and Initiatives

 

Lessons Learned & Best Practices in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture Development in Africa

·         Assessment of Aquaculture Industry in Africa

·         Enhancing Resilience in Fishing Communities in Africa

·         The African Agriculture Transformation Agenda: Contribution of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Speakers:
Obinna Anozie, Policy Analyst, Fisheries and Aquaculture, AU IBAR

Joseph Mbane, Project Assistant, Fish Trade Project, AU IBAR

Helen Moepi, Project Assistant, AU IBAR

World Bank-funded Fisheries Programs – WARFP and SWIOFish

Speakers:

Peter Kristensen, Lead Environmental Specialist, World Bank

Mimako Kobayashi, Senior Natural Resources Economist, World Bank

USAID Coastal Communities and Fisheries

Speaker:

Brian Crawford, Ph.D., Chief of Party, USAID/Ghana SFMP

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Coffee Break

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Learning from Journalists’ Network

 

African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ)

Speaker:

Sidi El Moctar, CEO, African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ)

Green Radio Network

Speaker:

Florent Tiassou, Reporter, Deutsche Welle

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Creating a Network of African Journalists for Sustainable Fisheries

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Competition Launch for Best Stories in Print, TV, Online and Radio

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Statements
Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, Director, AU IBAR

Marieme Talla Diagne, Acting Permanent Secretary, SRFC

Brian Crawford, Ph.D., Chief of Party, USAID/Ghana SFMP
Peter Kristensen, Lead Environmental Specialist, World Bank

Friday, March 4 - Travel back to Accra