USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project



Ghana is faced with growing challenges in managing coastal and marine resources, such as the dramatic decline of fish stocks and the degradation of coastal resources. The capacity to utilize coastal and marine assets, while sustainably protecting them from degradation is lacking. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed U.S. $5.5 million to support quality education programs and research for sustainable fisheries and coastal resources management in Ghana. USAID has selected the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) at the University of Cape Coast as the recipient of this support. The project contributes to the Government of Ghana’s fisheries development objectives and USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative.

The objective of the five-year project (October 2014-October 2019) is to strengthen capacity for sustainable fisheries and coastal resources management In Ghana.


Project Summary

The USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project is to provide a long-term institutional anchor for capacity building in Fisheries and Coastal Management at the University of Cape Coast in support of the Government of Ghana. This contribution to national development The central components focus on capacity building actions to improve governance of marine fisheries resources, support supplementary livelihoods and enhance nutritional status of households, at least provide more than half of the protein needs in the local Ghanaian diet. The project’s activities will directly contribute to USAID’s results framework targeting increased competitiveness of major food value chains in the country. It also feeds into USAID’s development strategy for Ghana as outlined in its Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and the Ghana’s Sustainable and Broadly Shared Economic Growth agenda.


Working closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission, the Project aims to strengthen capacity in developing and providing quality and relevant education programs, practical research and advisory services that will support the management of fisheries and coastal resources on a sustainable basis to enhance the nation's social and economic development. This contributes to the Government of Ghana’s fisheries development objectives and USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative. The expected project outputs are:

  • Improved infrastructure for training and research on fisheries   and coastal management
  • Increased scientific knowledge for policy and technical  advisory services
  • Increased marine and coastal research and resource  assessments
  • Improved communication, extension and outreach on fisheries   and coastal issues
  • Improved fisheries and coastal livelihood outcomes and
  • Established Centre for Coastal Management (CCM)


Figure 1: Project goal and components



USAID selected the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) at The University of Cape Coast as implementer of the project. The Department focuses on conducting research and training of middle and high-level manpower in fields related to productivity, conservation, sustainable use and management of aquatic habitats and their resources. In implementing the project, DFAS will work with The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission to improve the sustainable management of Ghana’s marine and coastal resources. The project agreement was signed on the 24th October 2014 and builds on the accomplishments of DFAS under the USAID-Ghana Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Governance (ICFG) Program.


Project Outputs and Activities

Project Output1.1: Improved Infrastructure

  • Activity 1.1.1: Renovating and Equipping Fisheries and Coastal Research Laboratory
  • Activity 1.1.2: Refurbishing and Equipping office/Lecture/Computer rooms and Library
  • Activity 1.1.3: Acquisition of Vehicles to Support Educational, Training, Research and Extension Activities


Project Output 1.2 Increased Technical and Scientific Knowledge

  • Activity 1.2.2: Operationalization of the Center for Coastal Management
  • Activity 1.2.3: Support for Postgraduate (M.Phil & PhD) Training Program
  • Activity 1.2.4: Undergraduate Research Grants


Project Output 2.1: Increased marine and coastal Research and Resource Assessments

  • Activity 2.1.1: Conducting Fisheries Stock Assessment
  • Activity 2.1.2: Conducting Research and Assessment on Marine Fisheries Governance Issues
  • Activity 2.1.3: Research on Fish and Shellfish of Commercial Value
  • Activity 2.1.4: Analysis of Value Chains of Fish Trade
  • Activity 2.1.5: Monitor the Biodiversity and Health of Coastal Ecosystems


Project Output 2.2: Communication, Extension and Outreach Improved

  • Activity 2.2.1: Developing Material and Conducting Training on Integrated Coastal Management
  • Activity 2.2.2: Developing Material and Conducting Training on Fisheries Management
  • Activity 2.2.3: Developing Manuals and Updating Training Materials on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Activity 2.2.4: Developing Material and Conducting Training on the use and Application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Activity 2.2.5: Engaging Policy Makers to Address Coastal and Fisheries Issues
  • Activity 2.2.6: Building Institutional Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Activity 2.2.7: Wetlands Ecological Health Monitoring Using School Clubs and Communities
  • Activity 2.2.8: Strengthening Community-based Groups
  • Activity 2.2.9: Promoting Supplementary Livelihoods in Coastal Communities


Institutional and Implementation Arrangements

The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences will implement the project activities and would be overseen by the Project Management Board (PMB) established by the Vice-Chancellor (VC). The PMB will have fiduciary responsibility, and will include a Program Coordinator who will be responsible for overall project implementation. The PMB will serve as an advisory and decision-making authority for the project and will have the responsibility of approving project work plans and budget, and monitor activities on regular basis. The membership of the board is drawn from within the university and a proposed USAID representation. The PMB will include:

  • Chairman - Prof. Isaac Galyuon: represents the VC on the Board and presides over meetings of the Board and reports to the VC.   He will work in conjunction with the Project Coordinator and the PMB to oversee implementation of the Project.
  • Project Manager - Dr. Denis Worlanyo Aheto: responsible for overall implementation and will provide technical leadership and day-to-day management of the project. The Project Manager will work in close collaboration with the Coordinator of CCM and the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator to achieve the Project’s goals. He will report periodically to the VC and the USAID through the PMB. He will work with the USAID to guide the project implementation consistent with the Scope of Work and will consult with PMB, CCMB and stakeholder experts on project issues and maintain regular contacts with partners in the project. 
  • Director of Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) - Dr. Denis Worlanyo Aheto - oversees the day-to-day management of the Centre consistent with the objectives of the project. He also sees to the implemention of CCMs strategic plan.
  • Dean of School of Biological Sciences - Prof. Johnson Boampong
  • Member of Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) - Prof. Kobina Yankson
  • Member of the Department of Agricultural Extension - Mr. Samuel Akuamoah-Boateng
  • Member of Directorate of FinanceMrs. Elizabeth Obese
  • Monitoring & Evaluation CoordinatorDr. Noble Kwame Asare
  • USAID Representative


Figure 2: UCC Institutional arrangements for management of the project


The project will be guided by four operating principles:

  • It will be Ghana-driven and Ghana-owned, with the involvement of policy makers and researchers at the national, regional, and district levels.
  • Activities will build on existing work and capacities in Ghana where possible through partnerships and networks.
  • Activities will be carried out in close collaboration with national partners to strengthen national capacity and improve the quality and relevance of the work.
  • Active participation of civil society will be a key component.


For further information on the Project, please contact:

Dr. Denis Worlanyo Aheto
Project Manager
USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project