Joined on: September 16th, 2010
Mr. Sheku Sei is a Sierra Leonean working as a Fisheries Officer in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Sierra Leone, since 2001. From 2006-2009, Mr. Sei was a Part-time Lecturer in Fisheries Resources Economics at the Institute of Marine Biology and Oceanography, University of Sierra Leone. He holds a B.Sc Honours degree in Marine Science from the Institute of Marine Biology and Oceanography, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and an Interuniversity M.Sc degree in Ecological Marine Management from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Antwerp in Belgium. In 2006, Mr. Sei was a Global Fellow in Marine Conservation and Policy at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. Under a British Common Wealth Fellowship Programme in 2008, He successfully pursued training in Ocean Governance, Management, Law and Policy at the International Ocean Institute (IOI), Dalhousie University, Canada. He also holds a certificate in Integrated Coastal Management from the Fujian Institute of Oceanography (FJIO), P.R. of China. He has made contributions at international conferences, including the symposium, “Quantitative Ecosystem Indicators for Fisheries Management” held in Paris, France, (31 March to 3 April 2004) with a contribution titled: ‘‘Fishing gear impact on non target fish populations in Sierra Leone IEZ’’ and at the 6th European Conference on Ecological Modeling: Challenges of Ecological modeling in a changing world, global changes, sustainability and ecosystem based management, held in Trieste, Italy, in November 27-30, 2007, among others. Mr. Sei participates in fisheries research, including demesa and hydroacoustics surveys, socio-economic studies on livelihoods in fishing communities, the establishment of MPAs, inspection of industrial fishing vessels, the enforcement of Fisheries Regulations and the provision of fisheries management advice. In 2009, Mr Sei was a task force member representing the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources on the Pilot Project for Sustainable Coastal Zone Management in Sierra Leone, funded by Wetlands International, under the regional programme for the conservation and management of Coastal and Marine Zone in West Africa (PRCM). Under this programme, He was a lead consultant in a Socio-economic study for the establishment of Marine Protected Areas in Sierra Leone. He has participated in several cruises and international conferences. In 2006 and 2007, he was a scientist onboard the Norwegian Research vessel R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, under the GEF funded GCLME project, conducting demersal and hydro-acoustic surveys for abundance estimation of fish resources in the Western Gulf of Guinea (Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia). In 2008 and 2009, he was a Research Scientist on board the Senegalese research vessel R/V Itaf Deme under the EU funded Institutional Support for Fisheries Management Project (ISFM). In September 2009, Mr. Sei was a UNEP funded Fisheries Expert, representing Sierra Leone at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Ad Hoc Working Group meeting of the Whole on ‘’Assessment of Assessments’’ to recommend a course of action to the GA on the regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects. Realizing the challenges facing the fisheries of Sierra Leone, Mr. Sei has developed interest in Fisheries governance. As a United Nations Nippon Fellow in 2010, He is currently undertaking an advanced research on fisheries governance at the Marine Law and Ocean Policy Centre, School of Law, National University of Ireland. His research topic is: ‘’Fisheries Governance Reform in Sierra Leone: Law, Policy and Institutional Arrangements’’ His study seeks to appraise the current fisheries governance framework and implementation, by looking at the provisions of national and international fisheries instruments and how Sierra Leone fits within the window of opportunities provided by these instruments, with regards to flag state and port state responsibilities. The problems associated with implementation schemes are evaluated in order to recommend the way forward for a sustainable fisheries governance framework in Sierra Leone. A governance analysis is done to rank priorities for fisheries governance reform. Governance reform challenges for the Sierra Leone fisheries include: weak institutional administration, inadequate technical and human resources, poor monitoring, control and surveillance, high post-harvest losses and user conflicts.