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Detail of GEF Project #884

GEF Project ID884
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameReduction of Environmental Impact from Tropical Shrimp Trawling through Introduction of By-catch Technologies and Change of Management
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program9
PDF-B Approval Date1997-06-26
Approval Date2000-11-01
CEO Endorsement Date2002-04-04
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-06-26
Project Completion Date2008-09-01
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyFAO
Executing AgencyFAO
DescriptionShrimp exploitation by tropical trawl fisheries generates significant amounts of non-shrimp by-catch. In some countries, by-catch has become an important source of income and contributes to food supply. In others, by-catch of fish, particularly small-sized, is discarded at sea. The capture of juveniles of valuable food fish constitutes a threat to the sustainable production of fish from an area. Extensive removal of non-target fish is also a threat to the biodiversity in a fishing area. If the introduction of fishing technologies and practices that reduce the capture of juveniles is successful in a few selected countries in various regions, it can be assumed that such technology and practices would be adopted by other shrimp fishing also experiencing problems with by-catch. In addition to the expected increased fish production and conservation of biodiversity as result of project intervention, shrimp trawling will earn an improved reputation and so continue to produce needed export income for several poor developing countries.
Implementation StatusMost sea-trials under the project have been completed. Reduction of turtle bycatch has been more successful than fish. TED adoption / certification has improved through this project. Most countries have now successfully adopted new skills and techniques for BRD testing and have demonstrated that the pan tropical problem of “unwanted fish bycatch” (discards) can be reduced. However, extensive work promoting and raising awareness is still required to convince industry to adopt fish BRDs. New laws and regulations to reduce unwanted bycatch (especially turtles) have been passed in some countries and fish BRDs in one country. Several countries are currently co-financing the project. The team work and partnering between countries and well established relationships between scientists, technologists and administrators is a major success for this project. Strong leadership skills have been developed and south-south cooperation has been extremely effective.
PDF B Amount
330,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,450,000 USD
GEF Grant
4,780,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
4,440,000 USD
Project Cost
9,220,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
432,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
4,450,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
4,370,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
9,150,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees (CEO Endo.)
432,000 USD
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