Floating traps help small fishers catch large fish
High-value ocean fish such as tuna have previously been difficult or impossible for Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean islanders and coastal fishermen to catch. But the near-shore reef fisheries on which these fishers depend are overexploited. Now, floating traps help them catch deep-sea fish and tap into under- or less-exploited resources. The traps withstand strong ocean currents and are widely used in the South Pacific, East Africa, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius and Reunion. Governments in several South Pacific states and Zanzibar, and development agencies in Tanzania now include these traps in their development plans. Sport fishing and organic trade organisations have also shown interest, and the use of traps is expected to spread, potentially benefiting many more fishers and coastal communities. (Ref: FMSP11)
Why are research results not reaching farmers' fields?
A compilation of the constraints limiting uptake and scaling-up of natural resources research results in Eastern Africa is helping policy makers get a better idea of these barriers. Awareness-raising products are explaining to researchers their role in the process. Training materials, including a learning manual, are helping build the capacity of researchers to influence institutional strategies and also design and implement plans for communication, sharing, promoting uptake, and scaling-up of their own research outputs. These materials are now used extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, including in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, D.R. Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, the Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Ref: NRSP15)