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COFAD GmbH

COFAD Consultants for Fishery, Aquaculture and Regional Development was founded in 1983.

With effect from 1st January 2009, GOPA Consultants of Bad Homburg, Germany, assumed 70% of the shares of COFAD GmbH. COFAD accordingly became part of the GOPA Consulting Group. Other shareholders are former managing director Roland Beck and actual managing director Suitbert Schmüdderich.

COFAD is specialised in the fields of:

Within these areas of expertise COFAD carries out studies, assessments and projects in Germany, the EU and, in the context of technical cooperation, in developing, emerging and transition countries.

Our clients are multinational organisations, government agencies and private clients.

 

Our contact details:

COFAD GmbH
Obere Stadt 47
82362 Weilheim
Germany
T: +49 (0)881 901 15 17 0
e-mail: cofad@cofad.de

 

COFAD office Weilheim

COFAD’s office in Weilheim

News

ongoing: COFAD drafts the German Operational Programme for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014-2020.

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and those Länder (Federal States) that intend to make use of EU-funding through the EMFF have decided to entrust COFAD with the drafting of the German Operational Programme (OP) for the EMFF. The Operational Programme will be the central plan for financial interventions in the German fisheries and aquaculture sector between 2014 and 2020.

Objective of the assignment is to elaborate an operational programme which

  • corresponds to all EU provisions and requirements for EMFF Operational Programmes
  • reflects the political targets and priorities of central state and the Länder

The OP includes a SWOT-analysis of the different parts of the fisheries sector as well as a description of the strategy and the measures to be supported through the EMFF. Moreover, a system of indicators is elaborated as well as an evaluation plan

July 2013: Training in data collection, data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) of Sierra Leone was provided by COFAD.

Fishing vessels in Sierra Leone

Fishing vessels in Sierra Leone

To approach serious problems in Sierra Leones fisheries sector, the country intends to improve its knowledge of the potential of the sector and the level of exploitation. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) planned therefore to strengthen the human and technical capacities of its Statistics Unit.

In this context, COFAD provided training for ministry staff on information systems for collecting, compiling and analysing fisheries data and on GIS. The training included stock assessment and the use of ARTFISH (Approaches, Rules and Techniques for Fisheries statistical monitoring) and IFDaS (Industrial Fishery Database System) fisheries databases as well as a basic introduction into GIS and its potential in analyzing fisheries data.

May 2013: COFAD-led consortium implements Fisheries Information System for Mauritania.

Screenshot of fisheries information system

Screenshot of the implemented fisheries information system

The GIZ-Project "Management advice in the fisheries sector, Mauritania" aims at strengthening the capacities of the competent institutions for a responsible management of fisheries resources. One instrument for this purpose is a fisheries sector data base (Fisheries Information System).

The consortium made up of COFAD (lead) and its mother company, GOPA, was responsible for setting up a central database for the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy (MPEM) and other institutions involved in fisheries research and administration.

A dissemination interface with specific access rights makes the data available to the various user groups.

May 2012: COFAD Study on economic impacts of deepening the Elbe river on fisheries published

Map Elbe Estuary

Map of spatial distribution of fishing yields in the Elbe estuary

The Waterways and Shipping Board (WSA) Hamburg and Hamburg Port Authority intend to deepen the Elbe river between the North Sea and the port of Hamburg in order to adapt it to the needs of container ships with a draught of up to 14.50 m. In this context, WSA Hamburg has commissioned COFAD in 2011 to review and update a study on the impacts of the project on fisheries. COFAD’s resulting study has now been made available for download by the Waterways and Shipping Directorate.

Feb. 2012: COFAD supports Stakeholders’ Workshop on Maritime Affairs in Athens. Together with its sister company, GOPA Cartermill, COFAD assisted in the implementation of the Workshop: Towards a Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Macro-Region, organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DG MARE.
COFAD provided experts in the fields of

  • fisheries
  • protection of the marine environment
  • blue growth
  • safer and more secure Adriatic Ionian space

These experts summarized the sessions on the four topics, acted as rapporteurs in the plenary session and drafted minutes. Results can be found here.

Nov. 2011: COFAD participates in MSC assessment. The German Lower Saxony mussel dredge and mussel culture fisheries wants to get certified as sustainable and well-managed in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) environmental standard for sustainable fishing. Certifier is Food Certification International (FCI). Under a sub-contract with FCI, COFAD’s Managing Director Suitbert Schmüdderich was appointed as the expert for Principle 3, Effective management, in this assessment.

June 2011: COFAD submits the interim evaluation of the German Operational Programme under the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). The programme includes all significant instruments of promotion of the fisheries sector and is financed by European an national funds. Whereas the assistance of the fish processing industry and the fleet played a central role in previous programmes, the current programming period focuses more on measures of common interest and, among these, particularly on those intended to protect and develop aquatic fauna and flora and on pilot operations. New in the present programme is priority axis 4, sustainable development of fisheries areas.

The evaluation analysed the progress of the programme as well as the achieved and expected impact so far. Emphasis was put on the estimation of the administrative effort associated with the implementation of the Operational Programme. In conclusion, a series of recommendations were developed for the current and eventually subsequent programme.

Feb. 2011: Study on the development of fisheries in Neuharlingersiel completed

Shrimp Cutter in Neuharlingersiel

Shrimp cutters belong to the overall appearance of Neuharlingersiel

Brown shrimp fishery has a long tradition in the coastal municipality of Neuharlingersiel. It characterises the overall appearance of the village and contributes to the popularity of this place among tourists.

Neuharlingersiel belongs to the most important fisheries locations on the German North Sea coast. However, the number of cutters has been constantly decreasing. Therefore, COFAD has been commissioned by the municipality of Neuharlingersiel to carry out a study on the future of the local brown shrimp fishery.

The study analyses options to safeguard fisheries in Neuharlingersiel and presents a series of opportunities for action. It is based on intensive discussions with representatives of several local interest groups and economic sectors.

Dec. 2010: Consortium with COFAD participation wins project “Monitoring of fisheries data collection” of the EU-Commission, DG MARE. A uniform framework for the collection of statistical data on fisheries has been established in the EU. Member States are obliged to gather and forward data in a standardized way to the Commission, and EU provides considerable financial resources for this purpose.

The overall objective of this framework contract is to monitor the implementation of national programmes under the Community framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector as well as monitoring of other obligations under the DCF. The implementing consortium is formed by DevStat (Spain, lead), GOPA and COFAD.

Dec. 2010 : Bioconsult and COFAD carry out a study on the impact of deepening the Outer Ems shipping fairway on fisheries

Clip: Yields and project components map

Representation of site-specific yields and project components

The Waterways and Shipping Board (WSA), Emden, intends to deepen the Ems river by up to one meter between km 40,7 and 74,6. In this context, consortium formed by BioConsult (lead) and COFAD was assigned with the assessment of impacts of this project on commercial fisheries. Within the consortium, COFAD’s task is to deal fish fisheries economic questions.

The study covers both brown shrimp and mussel fisheries. Major sources of information are Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and logbook data, which are combined in order to determine site-specific yields.

First partial draft reports were submitted in December 2010.

Feb. 2010 : N.I.T. and COFAD present an assessment on the importance of fisheries for tourism sector

Shrimp Cutters in Greetsiel

Major attraction for tourists in Greetsiel: Shrimp cutters

Commissioned by the Water and Shipping Board (WSA), Emden, the Institute for Tourism and Recreational Research in Northern Europe (N.I.T.) and COFAD examine the importance of fisheries on the tourism sector in the localities of Ditzum and Greetsiel. Several types of surveys are carried out for this purpose, including a personal population representative survey among 2.000 German over 14 years, visitors’ surveys at the ports of Ditzum and Greetsiel and in two reference sites as well as qualitative focus group studies with North Sea coast visitors.

This assessment presents for the first time detailed information on the importance of fisheries for the tourism sector and the causal chains behind this. In addition, information e. g. on the guest structure and on value added of tourism in the localities has been generated.

The analysis shows that harbours do play an overall important role in the perception of attractiveness on the North Sea coast, with cutter harbours being particularly attractive, especially when they are embedded in an attractive locality setting and when real fishermen can be seen on their boats. It is exactly the fishermen with their cutters who confer the authenticity to the harbours, and this is what tourists are looking for.

Nov. 2009: COFAD is moving office!

After 10 years on the beautiful, but a little bit remote Gut Rösslberg, COFAD has decided to move to town. Our new office will be in Weilheim, about 9 km away from Gut Rösslberg and 50 km south of Munich. From 1 December 2009 on, our contact details are:

COFAD GmbH
Obere Stadt 47
82362 Weilheim
Tel.: ++49 - 881 - 901 15 17 0.

Oct. 2009: Study on fisheries in Fehmarn Belt

Cutter at Burgstaaken

Baltic cutter arriving at the harbour of Burgstaaken

In 2008 Denmark and Germany agreed to establish a fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt. The Fehmarn Belt Environment Consortium (FeBEC) was commissioned to assess the impact of such fixed link on fish and fisheries. COFAD contributed to this assessment as a subcontractor for IFAÖ. Central task of COFAD’s contribution was the analysis of the economic situation of Danish and German fisheries in the broader project area.

March 2009: COFAD elaborates a concept for securing livelihoods of coastal fishing families in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Landing of cod

Landing of cod and other fish in Sassnitz

COFAD works, in cooperation with Fisch und Umwelt MV e.V., on a concept for securing livelihoods of coastal fishing families in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The assignment was awarded by Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) in connection with the Aufbau Ost research programme.
One component of the assignment is to evaluate if Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) as provided for within the scope of the European Fisheries Fund, do contribute to livelihood security. Moreover, selected action groups will be supported in drawing up a local development strategy and in preparing project proposals.

Dec. 2008: New shareholder composition and new management

The composition of COFAD’s shareholding has changed. With effect from 1 January 2009, GOPA Consultants of Bad Homburg, Germany will hold 70% of COFAD's shares. GOPA Consultants is the leading German development consulting firm and one of the strongest consulting groups in Europe. Since 1965, GOPA Consultants has implemented over 3,000 management and training projects for national and international funding agencies as well as private industry in more than 130 countries.

GOPA and COFAD have a long-standing and trusted business relationship and have successfully collaborated on a number of projects in the past 20 years. The acquisition of a majority share of COFAD by GOPA will strengthen the cooperation between the two companies and will increase COFAD’s productivity and competitiveness.

In addition, there are changes in COFAD's Management: Suitbert Schmüdderich became new Managing Director in November 2008. He took over from Roland Beck, who retired for health reasons. Suitbert, who has been working for COFAD since 1989, was already appointed authorized signatory (“Prokurist”) in 2004 and has thus been fully involved in the overall management of the company. Roland Beck remains shareholder of COFAD and will continue to support the company, his health permitting. This will ensure continuity in the provision of our services and in maintaining our high standard of delivery.

Sept. 2008: Support to aquaculture in Kosovo. Having successfully completed a number of previous assignments in Kosovo, COFAD once again has been commissioned by GTZ (German Technical Cooperation) with the support of the aquaculture development in the country. The focus is set on assisting the relevant ministries, supporting carp producers during a whole production cycle, training of trout producers and improving the veterinary services for fishery.

Feb. 2008: Assessment of fishery damage cause by oil spill. On 11th February 2008, as a result of a traffic accident on the federal road B10 near Hinterweidenthal involving a tanker, a part of the leaking light heating oil reached the adjacent flowing waters. COFAD was commissioned by the indemnity insurer with the fisheries specific assessment of the damage.

Feb. 2008: Support to the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (CSRP), West Africa

In a consortium with GOPA Consultants (lead), COFAD has been commissioned to implement a project in support of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (CSRP) in West Africa. Contracting organisation is GTZ.

CSRP has been formed by Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde in order to harmonise their fisheries policies, improve enforcement of fisheries rules and, by doing this, to make a more sustainable utilisation of their fisheries resources.

The German government supports CSRP by a technical assistance project. A first phase of the project has already been implemented successfully by the same consortium since 2005.

Sep. 2007: COFAD supports the sustainable development of fisheries in Turkey. The Project "Integration of Sustainable Development (SD) into Sectoral Policies", funded by European Union and implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in coordination with Turkish State Planning Organization, deals with fisheries as one among five pilot sectors. COFAD staff member Suitbert Schmüdderich has been recruited by UNDP in order to provide expertise on policy formulation towards sustainable development and integrated planning in the fisheries sector.

Training on carp hatchery opertion

Training on carp hatchery operation in Kosovo

Aug. 2007: COFAD wins GTZ tender on fisheries and aquaculture project component in Kosovo

The GTZ project "Agro-Processing" promotes value chain development for selected groups of products in Kosovo. As one component, the project supports Kosovo’s fisheries and aquaculture sector. This component has been assisted by COFAD under a number of assignments since 2005, with significant success in particular concerning the development of trout production. A contract to support this component during a new phase of about one year has now been awarded to COFAD.

July 2007: COFAD participates in Study “Definition of Data Collection Needs for Aquaculture” for EU Commission, DG Fish. Main objective of the study is to identify the data required to assess the evolution and economic performance of the aquaculture sector and the best mechanisms for collecting these data. COFAD's tasks were, among others, to survey the economic situation of aquaculture in Germany and to assess the feasibility of a European permanent scheme for the collection of economic data on aquaculture. The study is implemented by a consortium led by Framian (NL).

Apr. 2007: COFAD drafts an integrated local development strategy for the Fisheries Area "North Sea Coast of Lower Saxony", Germany. The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) provides assistance for the sustainable development and improvement of the quality of life in eligible fisheries areas. One such area in Germany is the "North Sea Coast of Lower Saxony". A local group, representing public and private partners from the various socio economic sectors, has been set up to co-ordinate development efforts. To support this group, COFAD has been commissioned to draft – in co-operation with the group – an integrated strategy for sustainable development of the area. Contracting organisation is AFW Cuxhaven.

Sep. 2006: Technical assistance for the ex ante Evaluation of the Fishery Operational Programme (FOP) 2007–2013 for Romania. Romania, through the National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NAFA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Rural Development (MAFRD) and with EU-financial assistance, is currently preparing the fisheries operational programme (FOP) for the implementation of the European Fisheries Fund. The FOP 2007–2013 will be subject to an ex ante evaluation that aims:

  • to optimise the allocation of budgetary resources and to improve programming quality through independent judgment and recommendations.
  • to shed light on choices assessing the feasibility, the effectiveness of different objectives and their coherence with the overall strategy and shall take into account the relevance of objectives compared to needs and inputs.
  • to check if lessons learnt from past experiences have been taken into account and will assess the quality of the diagnostic, the expected impacts and the implementation system.
  • to appraise the community added-value and the extent to which the Community’s priorities have been taken into account.
  • to establish the basis for effective monitoring, ongoing, mid-term and ex post evaluations by ensuring that there are explicit, quantified objectives and appropriate indicators reflecting the strategic and operational objectives of the programme.

COFAD GmbH, under subcontract of Italtrend spa, provides the team leader and the overall fisheries expertise. Duration of the assignment is six months.

June 2006: Rehabilitation of tsunami-affected fisheries and aquaculture facilities in Aceh province, Indonesia. In the context of the Aceh Emergency and Transitional Aid Programme, COFAD has been commissioned by GTZ with the operational planning of the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of the Tsunami-affected aquaculture industries and fisheries landing sites along the North-East coast of the province Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

April 2006: Support to aquaculture in Kosovo. After a successful completion of an earlier assignment in this field, COFAD has again been entrusted by GTZ with the development of fisheries and aquaculture in Kosovo. Focus is on training of trout producers and on the improvement of veterinary services and on-farm health management.

Jan. 2006: Ex ante Evaluation of the German Operational Programme under EFF. In 2007, the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) will be replaced by the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). The Federal and State Ministries in charge are presently preparing an Operational Programme for the implementation of the EFF in Germany. The programme shall cover the period 2007 to 2013. Before being adopted, it has to be evaluated ex ante. COFAD has been commissioned to do this by the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV).

Jan. 2006: Impact of the increase in the oil price in European fisheries. COFAD contributes to a study on the impact of the increased oil price on the European fisheries. The study is led by the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) of Wageningen University; COFAD covers the German fleet. The study is commissioned by the European Parliament.

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Current issues

Dear visitor of the COFAD website,

After a longer (much too long) period of silence, we have published again a series of news on our web page (see middle column). The delay is due to our intensive dedication to a number of interesting projects in the last months. You will find a brief description of some of them on our site.

Besides, there have been some internal developments in our company, among others the integration into the GOPA Consulting Group, our new management and the moving of office from Tutzing to Weilheim. By doing so, COFAD has set the course for assuring the future viability of the company.

More news coming soon on our web page, that we firmly intend to update more regularly in future.

Your COFAD-Team

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