In July 2020, the Environment and Natural Resource Research Initiative (ENNRI, EfD - Ghana) and the Resource and Environmental Policy Research Centre (REPRC - EFD Nigeria) co-organized a crash course on Bio-Economics of Fisheries Management for academics and graduate students from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, along with research fellows of EfD Nigeria and a Senior Environmental Officer from the World Bank. The eight-day online course was developed and delivered by leading fisheries expert and ENRRI Director, Prof Wisdom Akpalu.
The course hosted about 20 participants and explored several key concepts in capture fisheries management, including topics such as: Concepts of Cost, Revenue, Profit in Fisheries Economics; Discrete and Continuous Time Discounting; Static Equilibrium and Yield Functions. Others are: Property Rights and Renewable Resource Extraction; Policy instruments to regulate Overfishing: Destructive Fishing and Economic Rents from Fisheries, among others.
Commenting on the collaboration with REPRC-EfD Nigeria, Prof Akpalu said: “This is a valuable collaboration. The positive outcomes from this program indicate that joint efforts like this one will be highly useful in facilitating productive exchanges and learning for the benefit of EfD stakeholders across different countries.”
“The mode of delivery also provides a feasible mechanism for extending top-notch but limited natural resource research expertise and tools to areas where they are lacking. I look forward to more of such initiatives in the future.”
The course was organized and coordinated by REPRC-EFD Nigeria, free of charge to participants.