08 Feb How NaFIRRI Has Become a Crucial Continental Knowledge Hub
Over the years, the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI), one of NARO’s Public Agricultural Research Institutes, has stood out as a training and knowledge centre in fisheries innovations for not only Ugandans, but also Africa as a whole.
Only two years ago, in 2018, a delegation of directors from the African Union Inter –African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), assessed NaFIRRI’s capability to become an African Center of Excellence for Fisheries’ Research.
Recently, in August 2019, four scientists from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Centre for Research in Hydrobiology (CRH/UVIRA) attended a capacity building workshop at NaFIRRI in Jinja. The scientists, namely Migabo Serge Ndondwa, Kakule Kaniki Toussa, Munudu Mangaza Alin and Fidel Muterezi Bukinga, were trained in a number of areas including fisheries statistics, presentation of CAS results and preparation of technical reports, data storage and fisheries information management systems.They were also trained in resource mobilization for fisheries data collection and challenges, introduction to fisheries socio-economic research and statistics, fisheries museum specimen processing plus in curation and storage.
Other study areas were in introduction to Catch Assessment Surveys (CAS): fishery dependent data collection methods, introduction to fisheries stock assessment methods, planning for socio-economics research, application of fisheries statistics in management and planning, introduction to fishery dependent and fishery independent fisheries assessment methods, and outreach and dissemination of fisheries research information.
This training mission was funded by the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) under the multinational Lakes Edward Albert Integrated Fisheries and Water Resources Management Project (LEAF II).
DRC’s Center for Research in Hydrobiology chose NaFIRRI because of the long term research collaboration between the two institutions including the ongoing study on “Identification, characterization and mapping of fish breeding and nursery areas on lakes Edward and Albert”. Uganda and DRC share both lakes Edward and Albert.
Apart from the DRC association, NaFIRRI’s fisheries resources’ collaborative efforts extend to the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) and the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO).