Sustainable fishing is only possible
with full-hearted support from the fisheries communities, government, NGO's and
fish processing and trading organizations.
Programs and workshops have to be set up to make them aware of the problem and have to provide a basis for lesson-learning and policy-development in the application of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) of FAO to poverty-reduction objectives.
The primary beneficiaries will be the resource-users in artisanal fisheries communities, particularly the poorer groups of fishermen, their associations, and processors.
The secondary beneficiaries will include the Fisheries Departments, plus other related governmental departments, NGOs and others who have overall responsibility for proper management of the fisheries sector.
Sustainability at local level needs to be enhanced with local communities participating in the planning and management of aquatic resources. With the active participation of the stakeholders themselves, their interest and ability to contribute to effective management of fish resources will increase and thus help ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods.
However this will fail if there is no incentive for the fishing communities. Rainbow offers a solution to this problem, whereas it combines the creation of a strong fishing organization with a higher income for their fishermen.
Since the Tsunami in December 2004 In Puntland, RSS has been involved in a number of projects in this region.
With assistance of partners from Sri Lanka, Somalia and the Netherlands several projects have been set up. One of the partners is Nedsom Foundation, a Dutch – Somalian organization based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The partners have accomplished so far:
· A shipyard for the manufacturing of fiber glass boats. Ten Somali technician have received training by a re-known shipyard in Sri Lanka.
· A tuna canning factory under the brand name HABO is operational since 2010.
· The engineering and construction of a trimarine equipped with sails and a 120 HP engine, specially designed to fish in the coastal waters of Somalia. See also our website: www.dudumo.org
In September 2013 the construction will start of an additional canning line for small pelagics like sardines at HABO. In addition a processing plant will be set up to convert fish waste into high quality animal feed and fertilizers, both products which are in great demand in Puntland.
This technology has been developed by RSS in conjunction with Dutch companies.