The Community Sciences program is designed to build capacity of West African artisanal fisher communities to monitor and better manage their local coastal and inshore marine resources.

As both a resources management and an environment conservation tool, Community Sciences directly supports an ongoing policy shift in fisheries management in West Africa to a "rights based" approach.

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COmmunity Sciences NewsLatest News

  • The community science work is recognized and will continue working with different partners, including private sector to ensure the sustainability of fishery resources.
    November 30th, 2012

    The community science volunteers have been recording the community resources, developing monthly report and monitoring illegal fishing. Recently, the Arcelor Mittal, one of the leading company exploring and exporting iron ore from Liberia, is planning to export iron ore from Buchanan area...

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  • The Dynamite Story
    October 24, 2012, By Patrick D. Sayon, Community Sciences Coordinator Liberia

    The use of dynamite in Liberia has been a long time history even when I was not yet born. This destructive way of fishing has been a tradition for those along lakes, rivers, lagoons and creeks. Not knowing the danger it poses to the users' life and the ecosystem; people see this as the fastest way of getting more fish from the water...

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  • Sea Accidents
    October 24, 2012, By Patrick D. Sayon, Community Sciences Coordinator Liberia

    Fishing is a dangerous adventure both in the inland and marine waters. There has been loss of lives in different communities. Kru and Fanti are two communities which have been closely followed. The most recent accident happened on Sep 3, 2012 with the boat named “God Is One Fishing Company”...

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COmmunity Sciences Volunteer of the MonthVolunteer of the Month - Feb

Anna Mingo Essien

Anna Mingo Essien

For great work at Buchanan

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COmmunity Sciences ToolkitCommunity Sciences Toolkit

Community Sciences Coordinators Manual

Guidance to the Community Sciences Coordinator who will be working with communities launching their first Community Sciences program.

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