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Projects under Department of Fisheries

  • Support to Enhancing the Capacity of Youth and Women for employment in Aquaculture (FAO TCP/GAM/3603 project):

    This is a two years Project with a total budget of four hundred and forty two thousand dollars (US$442,000.00). The project will intervene in three main constraint areas hindering Aquaculture Development in the country.

    GEF-UNDP support mangrove-related activities. UNDP also supports training of youths and women in aquaculture techniques and entrepreneurship. EU/UNDP supported a pilot of mesh size control in Tanji, Old Jeshwang, Sanyang.

    FAO, UNDP, GEF, EU, WADAF-ADEPA, and JICA are currently present.  JICA is working on to restructure the CFC management committees in Tanji and Gunjur, where they support repair of ice plants that they provided in the past.  These two CFC management committees were 100% private before, but public sector officials are now represented (including FD).


  • MAVA Project : It is within the framework of the implementation of the sustainable small pelagics management program that the SRFC has requested and obtained from the MAVA the financing of the project "Support for the sustainable management of small pelagic populations in the SRFC area". ". This project contributes to the consolidation and sustainability of programs already implemented or under implementation at the SRFC level. In this perspective, the project is mainly geared towards improving the system of data collection and scientific knowledge on the stocks and critical sites of small pelagics; weak link in the sub-regional system for the sustainable management of small pelagics. To achieve the results of the project, the CSRP, in collaboration with the direct and indirect partners, will focus on:   Read more


  • PESCAO Project :   As part of the strengthening of its fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) activities, the Sub-regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) had requested in august 2015, through ECOWAS, support from the European Union (EU) for the financing of a sub-regional project to fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing under component 1 (peace and security) of the Regional Indicative program for west Africa financed by the 11th European Development fund (11th EDF).      ​Read More



  • The Gambia – Senegal Sustainable Fisheries Project, locally called Ba Nafaa, is a five year (May  1,  2009  – April  30th,  2014) initiative  supported  by  the  American  people through  the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West AFRICA Regional Mission. It is implemented  through  a  University of Rhode  Island  (URI) – USAID  LWA Cooperative Agreement  as  an  associate award  to the Sustainable  Coastal  Communities  and Ecosystems (SUCCESS) Project was in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature West Africa Marine Eco-Regional Program (WWF-WAMER).


  • The Water and Sanitation (WASH) component is implemented directly by the University of  Rhode  Island  through  sub-contracts  with  Gambian  partner  organisations  and  will  support needed water and sanitation activities linked to the artisanal fishery and Community Fishery Centers (CFCs). These CFCs are fish landing and public fish marketing sites where fish is taken from boats, washed and iced, sold and, in some cases, smoked in adjacent processing facilities.  Some catch is sold and transported to export processing plants.  There are seven CFCs located along the South Atlantic coast and 11 CFCs in the major inland fishing villages along both banks of the River Gambia.  The  Ministry  of  Fisheries  and  specific  CFCs  have indicated  that  Water  and  Sanitation  are  development  priorities for  the  artisanal  fisheries sector and  have  expressed  their  interest  in  having  the USAID/Ba-Nafaa  project  provide assistance in this area. The USAID/Ba-Nafaa project is not working in all these landing sites, but mainly those along the Atlantic coast and the Gambia River estuary involved in the sole fisheries. In addition, the project is working with TRY Oyster Women Association (TOWA) in  nine oyster processing  and harvesters communities where  sanitary  facilities  at  oyster processing  and  sales  points  are  also  lacking.  Improvements in these locations will also be considered. The  objectives  of WASH  activities  are  to  improve  water  supply  and  sanitation  at approximately  seven  public  fisheries  landing/processing  facilities.  This will provide direct benefit to the thousands of fishermen, oyster harvesters, women fish vendors, small scale fish processors and other laborer’s that utilize these facilities daily. An added benefit is that clean water  supply  and  sanitary  facilities  at  these  sites  will  also  result  in  improved  sanitary handling of seafood supply and result in safer and healthier seafood product that enters both the local food chain as well as processing centres for export.


  • GoWAMER and WADAF-ADEPA intervened in Old Jeshwang, Bakau and Tanji landing sites to provide similar technical assistance.  Wetland International (Bondali, Bintang; project finished, second phase)


  • USAID project has established several Landing Site Co-Management Committees (LACOMs), as well as Tanbi Cockle and Oyster Fishery Management Committee within their co-management projects. 


  • FAO-TCP also supported technical assistance in 11 communities (4 coastal, 7 inland), Development of Artisanal Fisheries in the Gambia (TCP/GAM 3502 funded by FAO.)



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