Florida Gulf-Coast University

In contemplation of the relationship to be established for student and professional exchanges, DFAS represented by Dr. Denis Aheto signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Biological Sciences of Florida Gulf Coast University (DBS-FGCU) represented by Prof. Phil Allman on the development of joint research activities and professional training programs within the context and objectives of ongoing sea turtle conservation and research activities within DFAS in the Central Region of Ghana. It is anticipated that the collaboration will be mutually beneficial and will contribute to the enhanced protection of wildlife, appropriate use of natural resources, improvement of food security and economic development, and livelihood development for the coastal communities associated with the project. In respect of this modalities were initiated for four academic staff and two technicians to visit DBS-FGCU during the second year of the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project as part of staff capacity strengthening for DFAS in the use of new scientific equipment and introduction to general wet lab procedures.