Study about co-managed fisheries in North-western Africa countries

Naunet was commissioned by a globally known NGO, to carry out a study about comanaged fisheries in four North-western African countries: Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. The main goal of this project was to analyse how seafood buyers’ choices in Europe might impact the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent coastal communities in developing countries.

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Firstly, Naunet undertook a desktop mapping of all the fisheries engaged in co-management initiatives within the area, collecting information on species, volumes, type of co-management implemented, stakeholder involvement and links to the EU market and/or policies.

Two relevant fisheries, both located in Senegal, were finally selected for a full case study. Thereafter, we travelled to Senegal in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each fishery’s comanagement system. Based upon our findings and our interviews with fisheries stakeholders, we drafted a set of recommendations aimed to managers and corporate buyers on how to help promoting these initiatives in these countries.

You can downdoad the report here.