FISHERY CONSULTANCY OPENS BRANCH IN MOZAMBIQUE
Fishery consultancy opens branch in Mozambique. MacAlister Elliott & Partners (MEP) has opened its first international branch, MEP Mozambique.
Following the company’s work in Mozambique from 2013-2015, MEP have been awarded another long-term contract in the Cabo Delgado region, providing specialist fisheries livelihood support to local communities potentially affected by oil and gas developments. To diversify local fisheries and to increase revenue for local affected communities.
MEP will be trialling novel fishing techniques, installing Fishing Aggregation Devices and running post-harvest training courses.
Founded in 1977, MacAlister Elliott & Partners works across the marine and fisheries sectors in all parts of the world to provide specialised professional advice to clients, including funding agencies, NGOs, national governments, private companies and individuals.
Working with fisheries and aquaculture development in less developed countries, MEP’s experience has broadened to cover all aspects and areas of the industry. One of the key emphases in modern fisheries management is sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources. MEP has worked extensively throughout the world to implement sustainable fisheries management and is proud of its environmental credentials.
At the same time they have sought to help develop and advise commercial fishing activities in creating a successful and sustainable business in what is undoubtedly a challenging industry. They have worked on turnaround programmes for a variety of commercial entities and the creation of new strategic plans.
MEP is also very active in the provision of fishery liaison services in a large variety of scenarios worldwide. Being able to communicate and work with industry members requires both knowledge and the ability to gain the trust and respect of the individuals concerned.
Aquaculture currently represents the fastest increasing food production system in the world. Indeed, for the first time ever, aquaculture is now due to overtake capture production in the supply of global fish protein.
This development in aquaculture has happened at an incredibly fast pace and the industry now faces the major challenge of expanding in a sustainable manner whilst achieving enhanced food security and economic development.
Aquaculture is wide ranging in its implementation and technologies employed. In poorer parts of the world basic pond aquaculture represents the major method of production while at the other end of the scale, intensive tank based systems are now being used in developed nations.
Recently, the use of integrated aquaculture techniques has become more and more prevalent within the industry. Areas such as polyculture and aquaponics, have rapidly grown in interest as natural methods of maximising production outputs, while also mitigating environmental effects (through the natural removal of nutrients and waste products). MEP is highly experienced in the development of such systems in the Middle East, Australia and beyond and can help any aquaculture company develop a newly integrated system or alternatively convert an existing facility.