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Coastal areas in the Northern and North Western Provinces Objective

International Sustainable Livelihood Foundation (ISLF)
Project Summary
Project Title Promoting sustainable fishing and marine aquaculture
Project Location Coastal areas in the Northern and North Western Provinces
Objectives The project has two objectives, namely (a) To promote sustainable fishing by small-scale fishing communities by providing improved fishing gears, fish processing facilities, and access to better markets; and (b) To establish pilot marine aquaculture centers to produce prawns, crabs and shell-fish in the lagoon and coastal areas of the Northern and North Western Provinces, involving local fishermen cooperatives.
Project Background Small-scale fishing community in the Northern and Northwestern Provinces has suffered much during the past three decades and also due the impact of 2005 Tsunami. Since the end of the conflict, the sector is recovering fast, but the small fishermen require technical and material assistance and marketing support to make small-scale fishing sustainable and profitable.

The coastal areas, islands and the lagoons in the Northern and Northwestern Provinces offer great potential for marine aquaculture and thereby contribute to local, regional and national economic development. This potential has not been fully exploited. New technologies can make marine aquaculture economically profitable, while protecting the environment. The proposed project will establish pilot projects to promote this untapped potential.
Project components and activities
(Brief Description)
Sustainable fishing by small-scale fishing communities – Under this sub component, ten fishermen cooperatives along the Northern and Northwestern coastal areas will be assisted to strengthen their capacity to increase their fish catch and local processing of fish and have access to improved markets. Fishermen cooperatives will be provided with fishing gears (nets, small boats) and fish processing facilities (ice plants, dry fish making facilities, etc.). On site packing of fish will be facilitated. Profitable market chains will be established. Engagement of women will be given top priority.

Pilot marine aquaculture centers: Under this sub component, eight pilot sites will be established in the Northern and Northwestern coastal areas to produce prawns, crabs and shell-fish, involving local fishermen cooperatives. Modern aquaculture practices will be adopted and the participating fishermen cooperative members will be trained. The produce will be processed and sold in national and international markets. Adequate environmental protection measures will be incorporated to prevent pollution and environmental degradation.
Project Duration 5 Years
Project Implementing Organization Sewalanka Foundation
Source of Funds ISLF (Donor Grants)
Project Budget US$ 775,000

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