The Implementation of a Fisheries Management Project was set up to strengthen the existing management measures, supported by monitoring, control and surveillance programme, on the one hand, and to build the capacity to involve the participation by the fishing communities, in a co-management approach on the other hand on Lake Victoria. During the project's 7-year lifespan, it developed the capacity of the fishers to monitor the fisheries resources through formation and training of 1,062 co-management institutions/beach management units (BMUs) as well as 532 local government officers as change agents.
It strengthened the functions and capacity of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO) which is considered to the flagship of regional integration and integrated management of fish stocks. The project provided fish expertise support in fisheries management, fisheries resource monitoring, community development, human resources, vessel management and quality control.
It renovated and equipped six fisheries management and research institutions, constructed a headquarters building for the LVFO Secretariat, as well as renovated 17 landing sites.
It developed the regional and national capacity to implement monitoring, control and surveillance resulting into obtaining accurate data on fish stocks, destruction of illegal fishing gear and control of illegal fishing methods. This capacity has also been strengthened with the supply of two research vessels and four patrol boats.