Community Patrol – learning exchange!
At the beginning of July, we led a Peer Learning study visit from Pemba Island, Zanzibar to the Northern Mainland Tanzanian coast, and what a great success.
18 individuals travelled form Pemba to mainland Tanzania to learn from the enforcement experiences and practices of Boma Subutuni’s and Chongoleani’s Beach Management Units*. The individuals who participated includes 1 representative from the Department of Fisheries Development, a District Fisheries Officer, 12 individuals from the Shehia Fisher Committees* of 6 villages in Pemba (Fundo Island, Shidi, Kukuu, Michenzani, Makoongwe, Stahabu) and 2 Mwambao team members.
Enforcement is a vital yet challenging and potentially dangerous aspect of our community-based management activities. Thus, building the capacity of communities we’re engaged with to ensure they can safely and effectively enforce the management plans and by-laws they develop is essential!
Lessons learned include;
- Importance of identification and listing the common illegal fishers within and outside the village for effecting patrol planning
- Communication procedures and working with partners
- Protocols for how to safely approach fishing boats and fishers
- Care/precautions and confidentiality before, during and after the patrol exercise
- Responsibilities of team leader and how to interrogate offenders as well as tracing the boat involved
- Importance of having patrol logbook and keeping proper records
- How BMU patrol funds are derived from various sources including good Samaritans, some private investors, landing site collection (from auctioning, applications of licenses and fines from by-laws enforcement etc.)
- Value addition activities for BMU, including reefball construction initiative
- How joint patrol can be conducted in collaboration with multiple management areas and stakeholders
*Beach Management Units (BMUs) on mainland Tanzania and Shehia Fishers Committees (SFCs) in Zanzibar, are the village institutions responsible for management decisions surrounding marine resources.
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