Project Kalluun: Collecting Somali Catch Data

Somalia measuring fish

Project Kalluun is an effort by Secure Fisheries, students and faculty at Somali universities, and Somali ministries of fisheries to collect data on fish catch in Somali waters: what is caught, when, where, and how much?

Our Vision

  • Students are trained on fish identification and catch data collection, leading to jobs in the fishing industry and the Somali government
  • Fishers engage with the results of their economic activity and improve tracking, bookkeeping, and budgeting
  • Somali fisheries agencies have the information needed to manage fisheries effectively and sustainably
  • The Somali government gains a foundation for full-scale, nation-wide data collection

Why Catch Data?

Fisheries catch data are critical for management and sector development. Good record keeping will help make seasonal fisheries more predictable and improve business profits. It is essential for growing the export market for Somali fish. And long-term catch data collection informs sustainability and stock assessments of valuable commercial fisheries.

City University and Lido Beach, Mogadishu

Project Kalluun was launched in 2018 with our partner, City University, based in Mogadishu. A team of students has collected monthly catch data since November at Lido Beach. The data collection has helped us understand the main types of fish caught at this site and how big they are.

Fish Caught in Lido Beach

Learn More

Report to the IOTC Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics 2018: Improving the Catch Data Collection System for Somali Fisheries: Project Kalluun

Blog: A Day at Lido Beach: How Somali Yourth are Leading the Way in Fisheries

Report to the IOTC Working Party on Data Collection and Statistics 2017: Development of a Central Database for Artisanal Fisheries in Somalia