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Activity ACP Fish II Programme
Country Belize, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Seychelles, Uganda, Saint Vincent/ Grenadines, Samoa
Last update: 24/04/2012
Lead organisation organisation details ACP Fish II Coordination Unit
Budget Euro 30,000,000
Project period 01/06/2009 to 31/12/2013
Countries: Belize, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Seychelles, Uganda, Saint Vincent/ Grenadines, Samoa 
Url www.acpfish2-eu.org/ 
Email info@acpfish2-eu.org
Summary The ACP Fish II Programme, entitled Strengthening Fisheries Management in ACP Countries is funded under the 9th EDF and is primarily designed to improve fisheries management in ACP countries and to reinforce regional cooperation for the management of shared stocks.
Background Weak and ineffective governance of the world fisheries has led to the widespread degradation and depletion of the natural resource base, resulting in greater poverty among fishing communities, a decline in food security and, in general, in sub-optimal use of fisheries resources. Weak policies and institutional arrangements and ineffective legal frameworks, combined with a lack of sectoral strategy, have been widely acknowledged as being a fundamental obstacle to effective fisheries management, and therefore to poverty alleviation and food security. Ineffective governance has also resulted in high incidence of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing depriving ACP countries of substantial economic revenues.

Given that millions of people in ACP countries are dependent on fisheries for livelihood and nutrition, it is crucial that ACP countries strengthen fisheries management, both at the national and regional levels, by developing, implementing and enforcing sound fisheries management measures so as to ensure availability of fish to local communities, fish processors and exporters. Effective and sustainable management of fisheries resources is thus the most important pre-condition to continue harvesting social and economic benefits from fisheries and fish trade.
Objective The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to the sustainable and equitable management of fisheries in ACP regions, thus leading to poverty alleviation and improving food security in ACP States.

The specific objective of the Programme is to strengthen fisheries sectoral policy development and implementation.

The major focus of the ACP FISH II Programme is to improve fisheries management, both at the national and regional levels, by supporting the development, review and update of fisheries policy instruments to ensure that they incorporate internationally recognised principles and standards as reflected in international fisheries instruments and particularly in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the 1993 FAO Compliance Agreement, the 1995 Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement, the 2001 International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, and the 2006 Model Scheme on Port State Measures. Due consideration will also be given to the recently adopted 2009 Port State measures Agreement.
Setup and activities The 5 components of the Programme are:
1. Improved fisheries policies and management plans at regional and national levels
2. Reinforced control and enforcement capabilities
3. Reinforced national and regional research strategies and initiatives
4. Developed business supportive regulatory frameworks and private sector investment
5. Increased knowledge sharing on fisheries management and trade at regional level.

The ACP FISH II Programme was conceived as a technical assistance programme designed to provide technical expertise to ACP countries to improve fisheries management. As a result the instruments that can be provided by the ACP FISH II Programme are of three types: technical assistance, training and facilitation of workshops or meetings.

Technical assistance - Technical support will be provided through short or medium term TA and will include activities such as:
* Support to devise and implement fisheries policies and management plans;
* Support to formulate and implement MCS action plans and measures (including VMS);
* Support institutional capacity building in fisheries Administrations or regional fisheries bodies and producers and traders organizations;
* Assess investment legal frameworks and propose measures to create a conducive environment for private investments in the fisheries sector;
* Assess existing data from fisheries research initiatives in support of fisheries management plans.

Training - Training can be provided in the form of workshops or courses and is primarily directed at:
* Fisheries administrations and regional fisheries bodies’ staff to enhance fisheries instruments’ formulation, assessment and implementation capacity;
* Fisheries law enforcement officers to strengthen MCS and enforcement capabilities of ACP countries (e.g. boarding and inspection, collecting and securing evidence, analysis and use of VMS generated data and planning of MCS and enforcement activities);
* Fish producers/traders organizations to strengthen their organization and skills and support the competitiveness of local fisheries industries and the development of regional trade in fish products.

Facilitation of workshops - The ACP FISH II Programme will facilitate the organization of relevant workshops and meetings on request by ACP countries or regional fisheries bodies. In order to define concrete projects within the framework of the programme, the ACP FISH II Programme will, through its Regional Facilitation Units, assist ACP countries and RFBs in the formulation of relevant projects.
(Expected) Results The expected results of the Programme, which coincide with the Programme components, are –
1. Improved fisheries policies and management plans at regional and national levels
2. Reinforced control and enforcement capabilities
3. Reinforced national and regional research strategies and initiatives
4. Developed business supportive regulatory frameworks and private sector investment
5. Increased knowledge sharing on fisheries management and trade at regional level.
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