With a 1,284 km long coastline that shelters more than 4,580 boats for more than 43,600 maritime registrants and a production of 108,000 tons of fresh fish, the Algerian fisheries and aquaculture sector has significant potential for diversifying the economy, but needed support to do so. With support, this sector can also reduce Algerian dependance on hydrocarbons and create jobs, especially in coastal and isolated rural areas.
The DIVECO 2 project’s mandate was to provide support, advice, and technical assistance to the Programme Director in the implementation of the support program for the fisheries and aquaculture sector. To achieve this, the project team worked directly with the department of fisheries and aquaculture within the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture. Additionally, technical assistance beneficiaries included public sector institutions at central and local levels, and private sector groups such as the Chamber of Fisheries and Aquaculture and professionals in the sector. The technical assistance that the project provided included capacity building training, institutional strengthening, socioeconomic studies, and value chains assessment and development.
The general goal of the DIVECO2 project was to contribute to a more diversified Algerian economy, making it less dependent on hydrocarbons. The specific objective was to increase the contribution of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors through sustainable development and improvement of economic performance. DIVECO 2 supported the Algerian Ministry of Fisheries to do the following:
Some of the project key outputs were: