September 18, 2009  |  News

WWF South Africa, the local arm of one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisation, is calling for:


There is now an increasing demand from fishing companies to deliver the Responsible Fisheries Training and thus a business opportunity exists for an interested training service provider.

Background and Rationale for training intervention

For responsibly managed fisheries, it is important to understand the dynamics of individual populations and the ecosystem as a whole. It is equally important to have appropriate policies and regulations in place which incorporate all aspects of an ecosystem approach.  Having policies and regulations in place, while necessary, is not sufficient condition.  If the people on the ground like the fishers themselves, fisheries observers or compliance officers do not understand how and why regulations or management measures are in place there will be little or no implementation.  Therefore it is vital that fishers who are at the coal face of fisheries management are empowered to understand the environment within which they work, the concepts that underpin fisheries management and the thought process behind management decisions.  Observers on the other hand require appropriate training to not only collect verifiable data on which management decisions are based, but are also inspired to raise the awareness and understanding of fishers at sea. Compliance officers, who enforce management actions, cannot do so effectively if they are not equipped with a thorough understanding of fisheries regulations, why the regulations exist and how to implement them.


To equip fishers, compliance staff, fisheries observers and managers with the skills and knowledge to implement an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.

Training courses

The WWF Responsible Fisheries Programme in collaboration with Green Connection has developed short training courses for the fishing industry, compliance staff and fisheries managers.  The course is made up of 4 modules presented over 2 days. The first module is an introduction to an Ecosystem Approach to fisheries and how this is implemented through international and national regulations or permit conditions. Module 2 focuses on the ecological details of an ecosystem approach e.g. bycatch, food webs and marine habitats or ecosystems. Module 3 deals with fisheries management and module 4 focuses on incentives for responsible fishing as well as voluntary and enforceable compliance. Note that this course relates to NQF unit standards 264886 and 264894.

WWF’s proposal

The WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme is looking for a partner to take over the logistics, marketing and delivery of training courses.  WWF provide the following to a training service provider partner:

  1. Learner guide, facilitators guide, assessors guide and a template for the portfolio of evidence
  2. Continuous updating of  course material to ensure it remains in line  with the latest international and national developments in the fisheries sector
  3. Develop new course content and material to address new challenges
  4. Provide course materials and training resources
  5. Train trainers to deliver courses with approved methodology
  6. Monitor and evaluate trainers in order to maintain quality delivery
  7. Undertake as assessment of course effectiveness post delivery of the course
  8. Co-branding of training inventions

The role of a partner institution would be:

  • Market training to the fishing industry, MCM compliance staff, fisheries observers and managers
  • Provide logistics for training courses i.e. invite participants, book venue, provide catering etc.
  • Deliver training courses
  • Provide WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme with training schedule (for random observation)
  • Reproduce  training materials provided by WWF
  • Undertake course evaluations at the end of the course and supply these to WWF
  • Assess the learners and ensure they obtain their certificates – provide reports to WWF.

Financial strategy

To date, the course development and implementation has cost approximately R1.5 million. The programme has been made possible through funding obtained from the fishing industry (R320 000) with the balance of approximately R1.2 million provided by WWF.  The success of the course to date, and the clear applicability of such training to the future sustainability of fisheries management indicate that such courses should be financially sustainable.

WWF proposes to seek donor funding to subsidise the costs of monitoring, evaluation, the further development of course curriculum for the first year with a view for these costs to become self-financing through course fees from year 2. The financial model will be reassessed on an annual basis, depending on the funding availability.

To apply send a proposal of a maximum of three pages outlining your motivation for conducting the training, your capacity to fulfil the role, logistics and a budget to Colleen Potgieter by the 30th of September 2009. For more information call Samantha Petersen or phone 021 421 9167.

Candidates who have not been responded to within four weeks of closing date, kindly accept that your application has not been successful.  WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.