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Fisheries developement cooperation

08.03.2010 // The Centre for Development Cooperation in Fisheries (CDCF) represents the main institutions for fisheries research and management in Norway, i.e. the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the Directorate of Fisheries (DoF).

The Centre is one of seven Norwegian Environmental Assistance centers funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).


Principal objectives

The overall goal of the IMR/DoF development cooperation is to achieve maximum and sustainable benefits from marine resources in cooperating countries through an efficient, research-based system for fisheries, aquaculture and ocean management, operated by national or regional institutions with relevant competence and capacity.


Current co-operation

At present, CDCF has regional and bilateral cooperation with governmental institutions in South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Mauritius, Cuba, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Senegal, Mauritania and Indonesia. More than 30 persons at IMR and DoF are currently involved in institutional development projects.


Long experience

IMR and DoF have more than 30 years of experience in providing development support to fisheries research and management in tropical and subtropical ecosystems.
The main tool for building competence is institutional cooperation, which involves building competence through the joint planning and implementation of activities by local institutions, together with personnel from IMR/DoF.


CDCF particularly focuses on:

  • Fisheries management. 
  •  Oil-fish-environment issues.
  • Research and management in aquaculture
  • Management issues related to the biological diversity of marine ecosystems
  • Research on and monitoring of fish resources and the marine/aquatic environment
  • Institutional development in research and management with emphasis on the role and function of government institutions.
  • International agreements, treaties, conventions and codes within the IMR and DoF area, including their implementation in developing countries
  • Food security and poverty alleviation in relation to the fisheries sector
  • Coastal zone issues
  • Quality control of fisheries products


The Nansen Programme

The research vessel “Dr. Fridtjof Nansen” is an important platform for the contributions that CDCF provides to partners in fisheries research. Since 1974, the Nansen Programme has been cooperating with 50–60 countries, mainly in Africa, but also in Asia and Latin America, providing extensive marine ecosystem data and on-the-job training. “Dr. Fridtjof Nansen” is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the core crew and scientific staff is Norwegian. On a typical survey about half the crew is made up of members from regional partners. The vessel is operated in close cooperation with, and under the auspices of, the FAO, uncoupled from Norwegian fishery interests and flying the UN flag – currently as part of the FAO Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) Nansen Programme.

Operations and fields of work:

  • Assessing fish resources by acoustic methods and trawl samples
  • Collecting environmental/ climate data (hydrography and pollution)
  • Mapping biodiversity
  • Sea-bed mapping
  • Studies on oil/ ecosystem interaction
  • On-the-job training of scientific personnel and sailors

For more information regarding the work of CDCF please refer to www.cdcf.no

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