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Technology Adaptation and Innovation

Unlocking the Blue Economy potential in Africa

The Africa Fishermen Foundation (AFF) is committed to supporting small scale fishermen in Africa through technology adaptation and innovation. As part of our efforts to improve the livelihoods of fishermen and preserve marine resources in Africa, we recognize the importance of equipping fishermen with the latest tools and technologies to enhance their work.

Small scale fishermen in Africa face numerous challenges including limited access to technology, equipment and information. They often have to rely on traditional and outdated fishing methods, which can be inefficient and unsustainable in the long term. In addition, small scale fishermen are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including unpredictable weather patterns and the degradation of marine habitats.

To address these challenges, AFF is working to support technology adaptation and innovation among small scale fishermen in Africa. We believe that investing in technology and innovation can help to increase efficiency, productivity and sustainability in the fishing industry. By providing access to information, training and equipment, we aim to help fishermen adopt new and innovative fishing methods that are more efficient and environmentally sustainable.

One key area of focus for AFF is the development and promotion of low-cost, environmentally friendly fishing technologies. These technologies are designed to reduce the impact of fishing on marine resources, while also improving the productivity and profitability of small scale fishermen. Examples of these technologies include solar-powered fishing boats, fish aggregating devices, and eco-friendly fishing gear.

Another important area of focus for AFF is the use of digital technologies to improve communication and access to information for small scale fishermen. We recognize that access to timely and accurate information is critical for the success of small scale fishermen, particularly in areas where fishing conditions can be unpredictable. By providing fishermen with access to mobile phones, online platforms and other digital tools, we aim to help them stay informed about weather patterns, market prices, and other important information that can affect their livelihoods.

In addition to supporting technology adaptation and innovation, AFF is also working to promote sustainable fishing practices among small scale fishermen in Africa. We believe that sustainable fishing practices are essential for preserving marine resources and ensuring the long-term viability of the fishing industry in Africa. To this end, we provide training and education programs to help fishermen understand the importance of sustainable fishing practices and adopt them in their work.

Overall, AFF is committed to supporting the technology adaptation and innovation needs of small scale fishermen in Africa. We believe that by investing in these areas, we can help to improve the livelihoods of fishermen and promote the sustainable use of marine resources in Africa.


  1. Solar-powered lights: Small scale fishermen in Africa often fish at night, and lack of proper lighting can be a hindrance. Solar-powered lights can provide a cost-effective and sustainable solution for lighting on fishing boats.
  2. Fish aggregating devices (FADs): FADs are man-made structures that attract fish and increase catch. They are relatively easy to build and can be made from locally available materials.
  3. GPS and navigation systems: These technologies can help fishermen navigate to productive fishing grounds and keep track of their movements. This can help to prevent overfishing and reduce the impact on marine ecosystems.
  4. Drones: Drones can be used for monitoring fish stocks, mapping out fishing grounds and detecting illegal fishing activities. They can also be used to deliver bait and other supplies to fishing boats.
  5. Fishing nets with escape panels: These nets have specially designed openings that allow juvenile or non-targeted fish to escape. This can help to reduce bycatch and protect fish populations.
  6. Electronic fish finders: These devices use sonar technology to detect fish underwater. They can help fishermen to locate schools of fish more quickly and increase their catch.
  7. Weather and oceanographic data: Access to up-to-date weather and oceanographic data can help fishermen to plan their trips and avoid dangerous conditions. This can also help to reduce the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems.

By adapting these technologies, small scale fishermen in Africa can improve their catch, reduce the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems, and increase their income. However, it is important to ensure that these technologies are used in a sustainable and responsible manner, taking into account the needs of local communities and the environment.