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A fishing closed season is being implemented as a conservation measure to rebuild depleting fish stocks of economic importance for small-scale fisheries in West Africa. The closed fishing season policy was pioneered by Ghana and is being extended to neighbouring countries.  An inadvertent outcome however has been the adverse socio-economic impact on fisherfolk, who also seem to feel disengaged from the implementation of the closed season policy. 

Using Ghana as a case study, my research will explore the possibilities of harmonising historical indigenous knowledge of fisherfolk with scientific knowledge for marine conservation in West Africa. Additionally, I will explore the gendered socio-economic impact of the closed season policy. 

Adopting an interdisciplinary and participatory approach, my research aims to highlight pathways to mainstream fisherfolk and their knowledge in the management of fisheries resources for inclusive, equitable and sustainable livelihoods. This research contributes to the larger PEW marine fellowship research led by Dr. Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Map it to avoid it: Improving spatial selectivity of trawlers fishing in West of Scotland through real time reporting., University of Aberdeen

Sept 2019Sept 2020

Award Date: 27 Nov 2020

Bachelor of Science, Mangrove soil assessment of the Kakum River estuary, Cape coast - Ghana., University of Cape Coast

Sept 2008May 2012

Award Date: 18 May 2012

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