Fisher’s Dream of Catching more Fish with less time

Ahmed Basharif while testing Fish Finding Detector received as part of USAID and UNDP support to fisheries through SMEPS

Mukalla, a seaport and the capital city of Yemen's Hadramout Governorate, is located in the Southeast coast of Yemen and on the shores of the Arabian Sea. For decades, fishing has been the main career for many of the Mukalla residents.


  • USAID contribute with amount of US$ 15,200,000 under Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP).
  • US$ 3,653,355 has been disbursed as of September 2017.
  • YECRP has provided fish detectors to 200 local fishermen in Mukalla and Alshehr districts of Hadramout Governorate

However, fishermen often face difficulties during their work, mainly in identifying the locations of schools of fish. 

Ahmed Basharif, a 30-year-old fisherman from Mukalla, depends on fishing as a main source of income. He, however, spends long hours in the sea because he uses primitive and conventional fishing techniques. 

"I only spend a little time with my family because I spend long hours in the sea trying to identify locations of fish. Many fishermen just set out to roam broad expanses of sea to catch fish," he added.

However, this has recently changed when Ahmed received support from the Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS) through a business resilience project funded by USAID and implemented by UNDP in partnership with Social Fund for Development (SFD) to use modern fishing techniques.  

"Today I received a fish finding detector and operated it during my work. I was able to catch fish in just a few hours. This is amazing. I would like to thank all team members for their support," said Ahmed. 

The fish finding detector device uses ultrasound waves to enable fishermen to detect the locations of schools of fish. The approximate depth of the fish is calculated based on the time taken by the ultrasound waves to return to the sensor. So far, YECRP has provided fish detectors to 200 local fishermen in Mukalla and Alshehr districts of Hadramout Governorate. 

Mohammed Abdulaziz Bahaidarah, SMEPS Project Officer, says that the project aims to make this new technology available to all fishers and provide them with hands-on training to increase their fish production and reduce the amount of fuel used by artisan fishermen in navigating their boats.   

"This assistance is provided to fishermen in Hadramout through various support and training programs in accordance with the Fish Support Project Regulation, which covers many areas of work in the fisheries sector. The support includes the provision of modern equipment used in the fishing industry," he added.

UNDP partners with the Social Fund for Development (SFD) and Public Works Project (PWP) to implement the USAID-funded Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP) designed to work on Improving delivery of basic services through enhancing access to clean drinking water and sanitation, providing livelihoods opportunities to women and youth in education, enhancing the capacity of community mid-wives and paramedics to provide quality health services, and expanding the production of local fishermen, coffee and crop farmers.   

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