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Sustainably managing The Gambias Tanbi Wetlands National Park shellfish resources through effective management
by TRY Oyster Women’s Association (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Under the Cockle and Oyster Fishery Co-Management Plan for the Tanbi Wetlands National Park, The Government of The Gambia designated the TRY Association in 2012 as having exclusive use rights to the cockle and oyster fishery in the Tanbi Wetlands National Park (a 6,304 hectare RAMSAR site since 2007). TRY has also been delegated authority for the responsible and sustained management and conservation of the cockle and oyster resources in this area. The Plan was gazetted in 2013 and represents the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa that a womens association has been granted exclusive use rights to a fishery by a notional government.

TRY commits to continue a robust program of engagement with its member communities in the Tanbi to sustain implementation of the co-management plan using the principles of adaptive management and stakeholder engagement and participation institutionalized in the Plan and demonstrated in practice to date.

Successful implementation will help ensure that the 6304 hectares of The Gambias Tanbi Wetlands National Park is adaptively managed to support healthy thriving ocean ecosystems into the future.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
April 2018
Maintain an ongoing multi-faceted training program, covering as many of our 100 - comprising 60 adults 40 young women - members from December 2017 to April 2018. The training will cover the following areas - harvesting techniques, safety, additional skills development and health
December 2017
Continue to actively manage the 6304 hectare Tanbi Wetlands Park; Maintain an 8 month closed season for oyster harvesting in the Tanbi; Maintain a minimum oyster size for harvest; Maintain minimum harvesting gear requirements to protect mangrove roots and keep harvesters safe; Piloting oyster culture in 5 communities; each community will put up a minimum of 50 culture racks of 1000 oysters per rack. This will help produce a total population of cultured oyster to 50,000 per community or 250,000 in total.
December 2017
Facilitate key meetings: Oyster season opening meeting - with all members; Annual General Meeting at oyster season close with all members; Annual review meeting with partners and stakeholders (Department of Parks and Wildlife, National Environment Agency, Department of Fisheries) to review work done during the year; Annual Board meeting
September 2017
2500 seedlings of mangrove to be planted in 2 communities
Staff / Technical expertise
9 voluntary Board members
Staff / Technical expertise
Approximately 600 TRY Association members
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 June - 2018 April
UNDP Equator Initiative, GEF SGP
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Fatou Janha, Ms, tryoysters@gmail.com,
Greater Banjul area, The Gambia
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