"The reason I decided to raise frogs again was due to my attendance at a training course, where I learned about the correct techniques for feeding the frogs and the results were good. The frogs eat less than the chickens and ducks."
Mr. Norng Piseth, 51 years old farmer in Cambodia
Tuna fisheries are very important for coastal states of the Atlantic Ocean, and in particular for countries from western Africa and the Caribbean. Tuna are economically important and contribute to food security, and the sustainability of tuna industries is very important for these countries. In recent years, some tuna stocks in the Atlantic, particularly bigeye, have been overfished. Currently no data on tuna growth rates and migration patterns are available, as only data from commercial fisheries are available – which is why this Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Programme is needed.
"This tuna tagging project has a positive financial impact on the people who work on the tuna vessels. Indeed, thanks to this project, their daily income has increased because of the reward system for the recaptured tunas carrying tags. The money they earn they use to meet their daily needs – to buy school supplies and pay school fees for their children, food for the whole household and for religious festivals – and the earnings are also a buffer for covering unexpected expenses" says Mr Babacar Kane.
More importantly, the project has provided the fishermen and the workers with new knowledge. The fishermen have improved their knowledge in species identification, and they have learned how to measure the size of fish. The project has also raised awareness of how important it is for the fishing – and thereby for the income and food security – to manage the tropical tuna resources in a sustainable way. "They now understand the work of the scientists better and the importance of providing reliable information for good management of resources such as tuna. They see the link between the research work, sustainable tuna stocks and the impact of this on their own lives", Mr Babacar Kane explains.
Total Cost (EUR): 26 000 000
EU contracted amount (EUR): 20 000 000
Duration: May 2016 - May 2018
Implementing organisation: Fisheries Administration, Minisitry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries
Funding Instrument: DCI - Environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy
Benefitting zone: Cambodia