University of Ghana - ECOWAS Coastal & Marine Resources Management Centre

DFAS/CCM finds it expedient to collaborate with the ECOWAS Coastal & Marine Resources Management Centre led by Dr. George Wiafe to monitor small fishing vessels in Ghana for fish stock assessment studies. In a meeting held in April, 2015, a cooperative research strategy for sampling catches of targeted species from vessels in selected coastal districts based on pilot surveys will be explored as part of postgraduate (M.Phil) within DFAS. The meeting attended by Messrs. Robert Buzzard and Justice Odoi both of USAID and Prof. John Blay and Dr. Denis Aheto were of the opinion that the program could provide mapping data from logs on vessel tracks to complement fish stock assessment research by students based on fish catch data. Collaborative research work is initiated and field work will begin in August 2015 with selected DFAS graduate students.