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Consultants in Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture

Building climate resilience for the fisheries sector in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Project Location: Sierra Leone, Liberia
Project Date: 2018
Project Funding: GFDRR and World Bank
Project Summary: Building climate resilience for the fisheries sector in Liberia and Sierra Leone


The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) commissioned a review of current data collection technologies for industrial and artisanal fisheries.  It looked at how regional monitoring and training can be coordinated, all of which should be tied in with guidance on the design of climate-resilient infrastructure in such West African fishing communities.

MEP’s specific tasks included collating a global inventory of existing electronic vessel tracking and fish catch monitoring technologies (including a cost assessment), field missions for capacity building and training and specialised advice for the up-scaling of technology application to each country.

A final report was produced that covered the following themes:

  • Data collection technologies for industrial fishing vessels using VMS.
  • Data collection technologies for artisanal fishing vessels.
  • Enabling coordination of regional fisheries MCS through design, specification and a coordinated strategy.
  • Guidance on the design of resilient infrastructure reactive to fishing activity, local conditions, climate change and socioeconomic variability.
  • Training and analysis: coordination with project partners on support to Liberia and Sierra Leone fisheries sectors.