Thursday, June 27, 2013

Feedback: Katima Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries Research and Survey Planning Workshop; 25-26 June 2013

Katima Inland Aquaculture Center

Photos of this workshop is available at:

The workshop was attended by 17 participants, which included research staff  from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Division Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries, Dr. Clinton Hay (University of Namibia), Dennis Tweddle (Namibia Nature Foundation), Mr. Pedro Bueno (FAO consultant), Dr. D. van Tung (Vietnamese Expert: South South Cooperation) and Jose Martinez Lago (Project Coordinator: CIAC Project). The workshop took place at the Katima Mulilo Inland Aquaculture Center from 25-26 June 2014. 

Purpose of the workshop
Day 1:
·      Establish the theme, date and venue of the Scientific forum for 2013/14
·      Compile an Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Programme for 2013/14. The research will be compulsory (Fisheries Biologists/Technicians supported by researchers from other institutions) on-station research focused on establishing production data and improving the production potential of the current aquaculture species used for fresh water farming. Data analyses training schedule will also be discussed
Day 2:

·      Compile an Inland Fisheries Survey Programme (integrated, multi-stakeholder) for 2013/14. Determine the types of surveys to be conducted with a schedule, integrated budget and teams to perform this function  
Workshop participants with Dennis Tweddle closest to the camera presenting
Dr. Clinton Hay from Unam. explaining the importance of different inland surveys
 Mr. Christoph Munwela, Chief Fisheries Biologist for the Caprivi region welcomed participants to the workshop after which Dr. Clinton Hay opened the proceedings with a prayer. Mr. Burger (Deputy Director, Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries) in his opening remarks emphasized the need for an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach to research and surveys in order to improve aquaculture production and maintain a sustainable, bio-diverse, productive inland fishery. 

The first presentation "Discussion on (Aqua-) Farming Systems Research and Extension (FSR&E) Approach"  was made by Mr. Pedro Bueno, FAO Consulant (Aquaculture, Rural Development and Information Specialist). He explained the concept of the multidisciplinary, participatory, farmer centered FSR&E approach and how the concept can improve  aquaculture production and farmer livelihoods in Namibia. The same apply for a sustainable inland fishery where communities are at the center of an  integrated resource management. approach through community monitoring. 

In his presentation "Aqua-farming Systems Research and Extension Approach for Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries: From Performance Agreement to Work-Plan and Budget", Mr. Burger continued with the concept of a logical approach to research and extension in the form of a multidisciplinary, participatory log-frame matrix based planning regime where the 5 crucial outputs of an FSR&E approach forms the basis of the planning matrix starting at the Job Descriptions of staff members continuing through the individual Performance Agreements and culminating in planned activities under the main outputs (5) in a transparent log-frame based work-plan and budget that is linked to the operational budget. Allocation of resources for activities is done in a participatory, transparent and fair manner. Monitoring and evaluation can be done accurately as activities are budget linked and reporting is done in the same format (same outputs). 

Mr. Burger further emphasized that all Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries researchers has to engage in on-station aquaculture research as well as Inland Fisheries surveys organised in rotating  groups to do surveys. This will expose all research staff to surveys and thereby improving experience and rapid response to quarantine incursions. It will also improve on station aquaculture research.
 Inland aquaculture operational and on-station applied and adaptive research planning
  Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries researchers will be organised in research groups at the different aquaculture centers as set out in the outputs of the workshop programme. Researchers will be selected from these groups into survey groups in such a manner that on-station research can continue while surveys are being conducted on a rotational basis.

The training schedule on data analysis will still be communicated to staff members as soon as  available dates can be established by the resource persons.

In his presentation "Discussion on Different Types of Inland Surveys required for a Sustainable Inland Fishery", Dr. Clinton Hay elaborated on the technical and logistical  nature of different surveys. He also presented impressive data to reflect the current status of Namibia's Inland fishery based on these surveys. He also reflected on the need to continue with these surveys in an integrated participatory responsible manner to maintain the productivity and biodiversity of the fishery in a sustainable manner. 
This was followed by a presentation from Dennis Tweddle (NNF) on the different project interventions that are currently contributing to the biodiversity protection of our shared inland waters.
An integrated, multidisciplinary, participatory multi-stakeholder Inland Fishery Survey Programme/Shedule for Namibia was developed. The Survey programme will be published on the Survey page of this site. 
The final order of business for the workshop was to plan for the Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries Scientific Forum for 2013/14. It was decided that the forum will take place during November 2013. The Director, Directorate Aquaculture, Dr. Moses Maurihungirire will appoint a chair person and committee to do the organisation for this occasion. Details to this extend will be published soon (Research page) on this site.

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