Experience

NFDS has been involved in more than 130 projects since 1982. In the 1980s and 1990s NFDS usually managed two or three larger projects at any one time and these projects would last for up to ten years.

Since the turn of the century our operations have changed with us having a larger portfolio of projects active, often up to twenty projects at any one time, with these lasting from a few months to many years. Our clients have remained predominantly governments or inter-governmental bodies in the developing world, while those funding our work have expanded along with the project portfolio to include trust funds and private entities as well as the more traditional donor and development bank funders.

Our projects are implemented in a multitude of countries and regions – mainly African but also in other parts of the world.

Below to the left, some examples of our projects are provided and to the right is a list of past and present NFDS projects.


Projects

The list below provides details on a selection of our projects organised by end year and indicating the country or region of the work, the project title and the funding body

On-going

Kenya   
Assessing the effectiveness of PSM through tracking the shark fin trade in Kenya - EU

Eastern and Southern Africa  
Minimum terms and conditions for the Indian Ocean - adding Madagascar and Mozambique - SWIOFISH

Africa  
Evaluation of the next phase of the EAF - Nansen Programme - Norwegian Government 

Africa  
Development of an industry charter to stop illegal fishing - EU

Eastern and Southern Africa   
Case studies on risk assessment, blast fishing and illegal fishing - EU

SADC   
Assessment of the contribution of fish to food and nutritional security in the SADC region - CCARDESA

Eastern and Southern Africa  
Supporting the SmartFish Project activities on fish consumption and supply in respect to food security and nutrition - EU

Global   
Developing and implementing a Fisheries Crime Symposium - Norwegian Government

Eastern and Southern Africa
Developing Minimum Technical Terms and Conditions for the Indian Ocean countries - EU

West Africa            
Fisheries intelligence and MCS support in West Africa - Norwegian Government

Indian Ocean                   
Review of the fisheries laws and regulations of Members of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - World Bank

Kenya
Fisheries management in MCS – World Bank

South-East Africa
Coordinated regional approach to create fisheries enforcement action in Southeast Africa - the FISH-i Africa Task Force – Trust Fund

Global
Assessment of EU foreign fisheries partnership agreements - ex ante and ex post evaluations - EU

Liberia
Provision of fisheries management and MCS services to Liberia – World Bank

Eastern and Southern Africa
Technical assistance for implementation of a regional fisheries strategy for ESA-IO – EU

 

Ending in 2015

Mozambique

Provision of senior fisheries management adviser and training officers to the Ministry of Fisheries in Mozambique – Norwegian Government

Ghana   
Ghana legal update of fisheries law and regulations - World Bank

Lake Victoria
Developing awareness material and policy briefs for Nile perch management on Lake Victoria - EU

Eastern and Southern Africa           
Analysis and advice on Minimum Terms and Conditions for access for tuna vessels in the Indian Ocean - WWF

Botswana             
Assessment of system for Botswana Government retaining qualified medical doctors and recommendations - Norwegian Government

West Africa              
Regional workshop and training for MCS in Togo for the FCWC region - NEPAD

Global              
Preparation of a guide for legal drafters in Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries ­- FAO

West Africa              
Review of legislation to accommodate PSM - AfDB

 

Ending in 2014

Benguela Current Region             
Preparation of the first State of the Marine Environment Report for Benguela Current LME – Norwegian Government

Comoros              
Fisheries legislation update for the Comoros – Comoros Government

Norway              
Norad fisheries management association - educational presentation - Norad

Eastern and Southern Africa   
Preparation of five SmartFish briefs on lessons learnt from fisheries - EU

Southern Africa   
Review of the Benguela Current Commission Science and the NansClim programmes - Norwegian Government

West Africa        
Regional workshop and training for MCS in Togo for the FCWC region – NEPAD

Indian Ocean and Southern Africa   
Assessing MCS risks for the Indian Ocean offshore fishery and assessing minimum terms and conitions - EU

Africa   
Coordinating the Stop Illegal Fishing Working Group and Network of the Partnership for Africa Fisheries - DFID & Others

France  
Legal overview of deep-sea mining - French Government

Botswana
End of project review of cooperation between Norway and Botswana for the education of medical students - Norwegian Governmet

Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia              
Fish consumption and fish nutrition surveys, policy awareness workshop and outreach events – EU/FAO

Africa   
Review of climate change and disaster risk management initiatives and recommendations for future action – SIDA/FAO

Africa   
Supporting the African Voice at international policy fora e.g. the COFI, PSMA and flag State – Chatham House

 

Ending in 2013

Djibouti and Somalia     
Capacity building in MCS for Somalia and Djibouti – IGAD

Southern Africa                
Reviewing the policy framework for the Benguela Current Commission - TDA, SAP and implementation plan – UNDP

Eastern and Southern Africa       
Identifying data harmonisation options for fisheries MCS in the Indian Ocean – EU

Eastern and Southern Africa       
Developing a risk assessment methodology for evaluating MCS risk and capacity building in risk assessment – EU

Southern Africa                
Sustainability plan SADC MCS Regional Centre and an assessment of implementation of the SADC Statement on IUU fishing – EU

Southern Africa                
Strengthening fisheries co-management and value chains in the Zambezi Basin – SADC/EU

West Africa        
Strengthening Fisheries Governance for ECOWAS - preparing for a Statement of Commitment against IUU fishing – DFID/WB

Africa   
Developing a business plan for the fisheries think tank / policy centre for Africa – DFID/WB

Southern Africa                
Mid Term Review of the Benguela Current Commission Science Programme – UNOPS

Southern and Central Africa       
Assessing vulnerability to climate change and identifying adaptation activities for fisheries – Japan / FAO

ACP countries  
Implementation of the EU illegal, unreported and unregulated regulation – EU

ACP countries
TXOTX – Technical Experts Fisheries Research Advice to ACP Countries – assessment of research activities – EU

 

Ending in 2012

West Africa        
West Africa Pilot Project - Strengthening Fisheries Governance for Sierra Leone through a IUU workshop – DFID/WB

Eastern and Southern Africa       
Preparation of training courses on Patrol vessels, MCS and PSM - Curriculum, Course Material and Manuals – EU

Global
Case studies on sustainable fisheries - towards sustainability – Princes Trust

Eastern and Southern Africa
A fisheries market analysis for the selected Eastern and Southern African and Indian Ocean countries – EU      

Eastern and Southern Africa       
MCS capacity gap analysis of Southern and Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean region – EU

 

Ending in 2011

Southern Africa                
Support to the SADC working groups on IUU fishing and bycatch and discard – NEPAD/DFID

Southern Africa/Namibia             
Partner Assessment of Benguela Current Commission - institutional review – Norad

Eastern and Southern Africa       
Preparing a communications strategy for the SmartFish project of the IOC – EU

Southern Africa                
Feasibility study for the SADC Regional MCS Centre – EU

Indian Ocean    
Strengthening implementation of the IOTC Port State Measures Resolution – EU

Namibia               
Development of a hake management plan for Namibia – EU

Africa   
Strategic Advice for the Partnership for African Fisheries – DFID

Namibia               
Technical support and evaluation for the SADC BSc Fisheries Course University of Namibia – Norad/SADC

 

Ending in 2010

Global 
Feasibility study for the replacement of the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen – Norwegian Government

Africa   
Communication advisory services to the Partnership for African Fisheries – DFID

Africa   
Development of a Capacity Needs Assessment methodology for implementing Ports State Measures – Trust Fund

 

Ending in 2009

Southern Africa               
Technical and logistical planning and support to the 2nd Southern and Eastern Forum for countering IUU fishing – NEPAD Agency

Global 
Preparation of position paper for commonwealth on IUU-fishing – Commonwealth

Africa   
Preparation of a programme for the Partnership for African Fisheries – DFID

Africa   
Identification of potential aquaculture and fish processing investment projects and partners – Norad

Mozambique    
Development and implementation of a fisheries MCS course for the Ministry of Fisheries in Mozambique – Norwegian Government

 

Ending in 2008

Africa   
Review of the AfDB’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Portfolio – Norwegian Government

 

Ending in 2007

Mauritius            
Analysis and planning of Port State Control Measures and an Offshore Fishing Authority for Mauritius – DFID

Southern Africa                
Research, analysis and development of SADC’s EPA negotiating position on fisheries trade and development – EU

Botswana            
Project development and planning advice including training in LFA – Norwegian Church Aid

Mozambique    
Feasibility study and needs assessment for fisheries MCS training in Mozambique – Norwegian Government

Botswana            
Survey and evaluation of HIV and AIDS programmes in schools and communities in Botswana – Botswana Government

Namibia               
Pre-feasibility study for fisheries aspects of a new harbour at Cape Fria/Cape Angra, Namibia – Namibian Government

Namibia               
Manning and operating fisheries patrol vessels and the fisheries research vessel – Norad

Albania                 
Provision of a Fisheries Sector Development Specialist – World Bank

 

Selected projects ending before 2007

Southern Africa                
Preparation of Analysis and State of the Environment Report on the Southern African Region – EU

Southern Africa                
Development of project planning tools for INFOSA – a regional fisheries trade programme for Southern Africa –INFOSA

Botswana            
Project appraisal for Botswana National Productivity Centre – Norwegian Government

Southern Africa                
Provision of fishery Adviser services to the SADC Secretariat – Norad/SADC

South Africa      
Assistance to the Department of Minerals and Energy in developing a business plan – Norwegian Government

Albania                 
Fisheries planning and management and MCS in Albania – World Bank

Southern Africa                
Project to determine optimal harvesting strategies for the hake trawl fisheries in Namibia and South Africa – UNDP

Asia       
Training and facilitation in the implementation of the UN code of conduct for responsible fisheries in Asia – FAO

Namibia               
Development and implementation of a maritime institute including training for fisheries inspectors and observers – Norad

Europe                  
Preparation for an EU Agency for fisheries control – Joint Inspection Services – EU

Namibia               
Development and implementation of a new maritime policy and maritime legislation – Norad

Global 
Analysis of small-scale fisheries – the changing role of information in policy development and implementation – FAO

Southern Africa                
Preparation of a feasibility study and financing proposal for a project - participation through knowledge – FAO/ EU

ACP       
Workshop facilitation for FAO – ACP fish II project for Strengthening Fisheries Management in ACP Countries – FAO/ EU

Mozambique    
Technical evaluation of the MCS system in Mozambique – UIT /Norad

Southern Africa                
Project definition Regional Fisheries Information Project (RFIS) phase two – DFID

South Africa      
Facilitation of a SADC Regional Distance Learning participatory process – DFID

Southern Africa                
Strategy development for The Southern African Development Community’s Protocol on Fisheries – DFID

Namibia               
Feasibility study for the establishment of a maritime protection agency (MARSEC) – Namibian Government

Namibia               
Research study to assess the occurrence and impact of transfer pricing in the Namibian hake fishing industry – Private Client

Southern Africa                
Marine Fishery Advisory Services to the Southern African Development Community – Norwegian Government

Namibia               
Provision of a Special Adviser to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources – Norad

Namibia               
Development of the Namibian Fishery Observer Programme and Agency – Norad

Nigeria                  
Fisheries Statistics of Lake Kainji, New Bussa, Nigeria – GTZ/DFID

Namibia               
Design coordination for the construction of a new fisheries patrol vessel – Norad

Angola
Feasibility study for the establishment of a National Marine Protection Agency (NMPA) – Norwegian Government

Namibia               
Community based fishery project for Henties Bay – Norad

Namibia               
Feasibility study for a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) – Norad

Mozambique    
Rehabilitation of EMARNA Ship Repair Yard and Pemba port – Norad

Mozambique    
Rehabilitation of Maputo coastal terminal – Norad

Tanzania               
Management and technical assistance to Tanzanian coastal shipping line – Norad