Guide to assist publicist for the May 2021 Conference in Ghana.


There exists a huge policy gap in aquaculture management in West Africa preventing sustainable growth in the industry. These gaps are a result of the fact that; policies and regulations structured to manage farmed species do not regulate all aspects of the value chain and also, the opinions of those who know the real problems facing the industry are not reflected in management decisions. The reasons for these policy gaps are many and they include; the effects of Neo-colonialism, culture, lack of political will, endemic corruption, weak institutions and more. To address these problems, the UN General Assembly Resolution GA 12297 of the 8th of Dec.2020, the Committee on Aquaculture of the FAO-2017, and several other regional and global organisations have recommended inclusive, accountable and transparent governance as a tool in achieving sustainable aquaculture. Worthy to note that, some member states in the region are better than others in terms of inclusion and transparency in management, but a lot still needs to be done at the general level. Member states must all improve on their governance structure by learning from each other and also by implementing global recommendations. To enable member states to learn from each other and to improve on their management structure, we need a platform (where stakeholders in the various West African nations can veritably discuss pressing issues and experiences) and also, a strategy that will facilitate the implementation of global recommendations in the member countries. The May 2021 virtual conference in Ghana will serve as a platform where member states can fully understand the real meaning of inclusive governance from recent research and also, how they can tailor global guidelines and recommendations to help them to build robust and inclusive institutions in their various countries.

Main theme.

  1. “New Strategies to Promote Inclusion and Transparency in Aquaculture Management in West Africa”.

1) Role of law in aquaculture development.
2) Aquaculture development and climate change.
3) Aquaculture management post-COVID-19.
4) Aquaculture governance.
5) Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach in aquaculture management.
6) Human Rights and aquaculture development in Africa.
7) Implementation of the Precautionary Approach in aquaculture in Africa.
8) One health approach in aquatic food systems.
9) Environmental sustainability and aquaculture.
10) Women and youth; critical tools for aquaculture development in Africa.
11) Trade and aquaculture development in Africa.
12) Reconstructing a sustainable livelihood structure in a global pandemic.
13) Perspectives of Fisheries/Aquaculture education and extension in Africa
14) Biotechnology techniques in African aquaculture.
15) Welfare issues in African aquaculture.
16) Fish Nutrition.
17) Public finance management.
18) Blue Economy.
19) Democracy and aquaculture development.

Abstract guide.

TITLE OF PAPER: The paper title is printed in CAPITAL LETTERS, with the exception of scientific names which should be Upper/lower case and italicized. Scientific names should not be preceded of followed by commas or parentheses or other markings.
AUTHOR(S): The first name should be the presenting author. Use * after the presenting author. Type in upper/lower case.
ADDRESS AND EMAIL: Type only the presenting author’s institution, address and email.
PAGE SIZE: Standard 210mm x 297mm A4 paper (portrait)
MARGINS: 2.5cm (1-inch) throughout(left/right/top/bottom)
SPACING: Single spaced
PARAGRAPHS: Paragraphs should be separated by a blank line and should not be indented.
FONTS: Character fonts should be 12-point type.
FIGURES & TABLES: Figures and tables are highly recommended. They should be reduced to the appropriate size for a one page abstract and should be clearly readable at the reduced size in black print only. The reduced figures and tables should be included in the abstract in camera-ready form.
MEASUREMENTS: Use metric units of measurement. When needed, English equivalents may be given in parentheses.

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