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Promoting inclusive, sustainable and responsible fisheries value chains in Seychelles and the Indian Ocean region

Project

Digitalisation

The fisheries sector in the Indian Ocean is a major contributor to food security and nutrition, employment and income generation. The artisanal fisheries sector, in particular, plays a key role in the supply of fresh fish for the regional domestic market and directly employs more than 130,000 people.

Aims

The fisheries sector in the Indian Ocean is a major contributor to food security and nutrition, employment and income generation. The artisanal fisheries sector, in particular, plays a key role in the supply of fresh fish for the regional domestic market and directly employs more than 130,000 people.

Seychelles is a good example of a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) where the fisheries sector plays an important role in terms of food security and income generation. However, while the fisheries sector is a key part of the Seychelles’ economy, as with other SIDS, the country faces two key challenges:

  • governance and resource management; 
  • value chain development for sustainable and inclusive fisheries.

Co-management in the fisheries sector requires that stakeholders’ capacities are strengthened so that effective dialogue can occur between the public and private sector. Therefore, leadership management and policy advocacy skills are critical in this process. ICTs as well as community mapping techniques (also called participatory 3D modelling - P3DM) are tools that can facilitate information exchange, empower various stakeholders, and eventually contribute to the improvement of fisheries governance as well as sustainable development of inclusive value chains.

Approach

The 3-year project will promote an integrated approach to improve fisheries’ sector governance and strengthen the development of more inclusive and sustainable fisheries value chains.

Although the initiative will be conducted mainly in the Seychelles, the intention is to draw lessons from some of the innovative approaches tested in the field and scale them up at the regional level through the newly established Regional Fisherfolk Network (Fédération des Pêcheurs Artisans de l’Océan Indien – FPAOI), which builds on the experience of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations supported by the CTA and other partners.

Given its strong political engagement to develop the fisheries sector, the support provided to FPAOI aims to promote multi-stakeholders’ dialogue in the region to ultimately improve the livelihoods of artisanal fishing communities.

Activities

The project, which will be implemented during 2017-2019, will predominantly focus activities in the Seychelles but some activities will also take place in Madagascar, Mauritius and Comoros.

Project activities will be delivered under four key components:

  1. Capacity strengthening, skills development and organisational support including development of appropriate training materials;
  2. Facilitation, advocacy, policy dialogue and multi-stakeholder dialogue including through P3DM approach;
  3. Supporting the development/adoption of mobile-based apps into the fisheries sector;
  4. Information, communication and knowledge management (ICKM) including production of regular information products e.g. quarterly newsletters and briefs.

These activities will be predominantly implemented by the FPAOI and the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) and supported by other partners including the Seychelles Maritime Academy, the Hook and Line Fishermen Seychelles, Abalobi, CAOPA, the IOC Secretariat, etc. 

Impact 

The project aims to develop tools and processes for improving fisheries co-management and fisheries value chains practices and to improve engagement of artisanal fisherfolk in fisheries policy reform processes and sustainable practices of Indian Ocean artisanal fisheries value chain actors. Ultimately, it is expected that the initiative will help Indian Ocean countries to introduce new policies, strategies or regulations that support artisanal fisheries sector and that artisanal fisherfolk organisations will be strengthened.