The growing relationship between the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the University of Rhode Island through their respective funded projects under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing immensely to the sustainable use of fisheries resources in Ghana.
The Two projects that have brought the two institutions together in this regard are the USAID-GHANA Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) and the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project at the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS), UCC.
A five-day course on Coastal Adaption to Climate Change has been opened at the Pempamsie Hotel in Cape Coast.
The course which is being held under the auspices of the Centre for Coastal Management, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Cape Coast in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would draw the attention of implementing agencies to the urgency of addressing climate change issues especially pertaining to the country.
Officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Town and Country Planning and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) are participating in the workshop.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D. D. Kuupole has called on banks in the country to provide flexible start-up capital for people who venture into aqua culture business to help alleviate poverty and also augment the protein needs of the country.
The Vice-Chancellor made this remark when he closed a five-day course designed to train people in the production of tilapia and aquaculture business at the Ainoo-Ansah Farms at Okyereko near Winneba in the Central Region.
A training workshop on the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for scientific analysis and coastal environmental planning is currently underway at the Centre for Coastal Management (CCM). The purpose of the training is to build the capacity of UCC staff in all aspects of UAV operations. The training covers Ghanaian flight regulations, flight safety, UAV handling and flight control, mission planning and image acquisition and post-processing.
A three-day workshop was held in Takoradi at Ray Bow Hotel from 8th September to 10th September, 2016 to discuss and finalize the third year work plan and also review the second year annual report of the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project. Major highlights of the workshop was to account and report on progress of the Project at the end of Year 2 and also discuss and plan several activities for Year 3. The Project Manager, Dr.
This is how some members of DFAS spent their holiday last Monday. It was an amazing sight at a coastal community near Accra, where oyster fishing is a major livelihood option. Development Action Association (DAA), USAID/GHANA Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) interacted with women who are actively involved in the oyster business, harvesting the West African mangrove oyster from oyster beds in the Sakoma lagoon. The visit was an eye opener to many opportunities for research and industry.
The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has introduced improved varieties of cowpea to some farmers in the Cape Coast Metropolis at a training session at the A. G. Carson Teaching and Research Farms.
During the training session known as Farmers Field Day (FFD), the farmers were given the opportunity to select the best improved cowpea varieties of their choice to be developed for planting in their respective farms. The training programme was to educate and expose the farmers to cowpea cultivation and the economic benefits of the crop. It was aimed at encouraging farmers to make informed decisions to select cowpeas of their choice on the field.
Staff of DFAS started Friday 29th July, 2016 in a much subtle but hopeful spirit as the full house travelled together in a new Toyota Coaster Bus procured under the USAID-funded Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project to the Ainoo-Ansah Farms Ltd. at Okyereko to take part in the closing ceremony of the first of five weeklong training sessions currently being organised by the Department and to outdoor the Training Manual on Tilapia Farming for the said training. The Department has, in a collaborative effort [Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement] with Ainoo-Ansah Farms Ltd.
A team of ten; seven from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and three from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology embarked on a two-day visit, from 23rd to 24th May, 2016, to Half Assini in the Western Region of Ghana as part of activities underlined towards the ongoing project to restore the Awiane Lagoon in the locality by the Centre for Coastal Management and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, UCC. The team, on arrival, went on a tour around the said lagoon and spent almost the whole time accessing the state of the water body and the extent to which it was polluted.
The Department of Entomology and the Ghana Science Association, Cape Coast Branch, have organised a lecture on campus to commemorate the 2016 World Malaria Day Celebration on the theme “End Malaria for Good”.
Speakers at the function admitted that globally there have been a decrease in the incidence of malaria, however, a lot of effort can be made to totally eradicate the disease.
A former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw has called on academia and industry to forge long lasting relationships to find solutions to challenges confronting the nation.
Prof. Asabere-Ameyaw noted that this relationship can be possible if universities strategically position themselves to access opportunities available in the quest to produce the quality human resource for the nation. He also said universities need to update skills in conducting research, and engage in activities that would ensure an educational system that would remain relevant at all times.
Right from the onset, it was obvious that the two academic institutions were poised for what could be referred to as the beginning of a great and lasting friendship, a diplomatic call on the heads of the two universities.
The University of Cape Coast (UCC) hosted Dr. Dooley, President of the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the United States of America last Friday, 15th April, 2016. He had a long day at UCC, one intended to strengthen ties and explore other areas of possible collaboration between the two universities, beyond the current friendship led by the School of Biological Sciences; Department of Fisheries and Aquatic to be precise.
Mr. Kevin Sharp, the Director of the Economic Growth Office and Mr. Justice Odoi (Environmental Officer) paid a half day working visit to the University of Cape Coast and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences on the 24th November, 2015. The two were welcomed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Nelson Buah and some members of the Project Management Board at the Council Chamber of the university.
The Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences organized a three-day retreat (from 23rd – 25th October, 2015) at Axim to deliberate on second year workplan activities of the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project which commenced in October, 2014. The first year of the Project ended last September and as such necessitated the meeting which brought together major stakeholders of the Project within and outside the University of Cape Coast community, to discuss various issues on major successes and challenges in the year as well as strategies to deal with some of the challenges entering the second year of the Project.
Madam Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development , on Tuesday inaugurated the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Science Refurbished Fisheries and Coastal Laboratory, with a call on the students to conduct research that would help improve the country's coastal and marine resources.