Data and Information

One of the priorities of the BCC is to ensure that the information produced by its various activities is correctly managed and accessible to all the countries of the Benguela.

With this goal in mind, a Data and Information policy has been formulated. The Data Management Policy and Protocol sets out the procedures to be followed by users of data, metadata and information collected by or held under the auspices of the BCC. It provides guidance on data submission, data management and access to data and metadata and pertains to statistical, biological, environmental and socio-economic data.

In drafting its Data Management Policy and Protocol, the BCC was guided by the principle that data collected and generated under its auspices should be easily accessible to the Benguela community

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In recognition of the importance of good data management, the governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa have committed themselves to achieving a number of data-related goals. These goals are captured in the text of the Benguela Current Convention. The Convention text stipulates that the countries shall:

  • Establish mechanisms for inter-sectoral data collection, sharing and exchange (Article 4 (d)).
  • Promote the collection, exchange, dissemination and analyses of the relevant data and information, including statistical, biological, environmental and socio-economic (data) (Article 8).


Partnerships and collaborations have been forged with a number of data management organisations so as to ensure the utility and accessibility of data generated by the BCC. For example, partnerships have been forged with the Ocean Data and Information Network of Africa (ODINAFRICA); the Marine Atlas Project; and the Southern African Data Centre for Oceanography (SADCO).

About SEIS

Once it is fully operational, the State of the Ecosystem Information System, or SEIS, will provide the Benguela community with the latest available information about the state of the marine environment. The ultimate goal of the SEIS is to integrate and present the outputs of the activities of the four joint working groups of the Ecosystem Advisory Committee and their related activities.

A SEIS was developed to a demonstration level during the course of the BCLME Programme and a process is underway to update and expand the original product. The new SEIS is envisaged as a sustainable and user friendly resource that will provide the BCC and decision-makers in each of the three countries with reliable and up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects. This will facilitate informed decision making and contribute to the integrated management, sustainable development and protection of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

The D&I Working Group

The Data and Information Management Working Group of the Benguela Current Commission plays an advisory role, providing recommendations to the three BCC countries on the subject of information management. Made up of six members – two from each country – the Working Group meets twice per year or at any other time when there is a specific need. Its task is to advise on improving the flow and exchange of information between the BCC and its member states. 

The Data and Information manager

The collation, curation, presentation and storage of data eminating from BCC-supported projects and activities is the task of the Data and Information Manager. This full-time position is an important one because it directly supports the decision-making abilities of the Benguela Current Commission.

The Data and Information Manager is responsible for the compilation, coordination and distribution of data and information necessary for the functioning of the Benguela Current Commission. He/she assists with the development and implementation of appropriate data management systems, working closely with the Executive Secretary and the Ecosystems Coordinator to manage the day-to-day data and information needs of the Commission.

The development and coordination of data and information systems such as the SEIS is a priority of the Data and Information manager.

The position of Data and Information manager is currently being filled.

BCLME Projects

Research reports available for download

Project number and title Summaries Full report
  Port Eng  

Training and capacity building needs assessment for the BCLME


Institutional review and analysis for Benguela Current Commission (BCC)



Economic study and cost benefit analysis of cooperative research and management of the BCLME



Integration and review of training and capacity building in the BCLME Programme



Assessing potential for producing final ocean colour maps for Namibia’s marine environment



Angola/Benguela Front Workshop Part A: assessment of the structuring and functioning of the Angola-Benguela Frontal System and its implications for the sustainable resource management in the BCLME. Phase 1, initial study



Southern Boundary Workshop



Potential shared hake stocks - research planning meeting



Ecosystem Mapping and Biodioversity Consultative Workshop



Data gathering and gap analysis for assessment of the cumulative effects of marine diamond mining activities on the BCLME



Assessment of the cumulative effects of sediment discharge from on shore and near shore diamond mining activities on the BCLME



Assessment of the cumulative impacts of scouring of sub-tidal areas and kelp cutting by diamond divers in near-shore areas of the BCLME



BEHP/EEF/03/01 - 02
By-catch of threatened seabirds, sharks and turtles in long-line fisheries in the BCLME: an integrated approach



Harmonisation of national environmental policies and legislation for marine mining, dredging and offshore petroleum exploration and production activities in the BCLME



Baseline assessment of sources and management of land-based marine pollution in the BCLME



The development of a common set of water and sediment quality guidelines for the coastal zone in the BCLME



Marine litter



Compilation of inventory and acquisition of oceanographic environmental data in the Angola sector of the BCLME.



Assessment of the present state of oceanographic environmental monitoring in the Angolan sector of the BCLME region



Upgrade communication systems for Angolan BCLME core partner institutions



Harmonisation of regulations for microalgal toxins for application in countries bordering the BCLME



Development of an operational capacity for monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in countries bordering the northern part of the BCLME



Investigation into the diversity and distribution of cysts of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) within the BCLME



Development of an operational capacity for real-time observation and forecasting of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in the BCLME: Detection of HABs through the deployment of bio-optical moorings. Phase 1: Demonstration project in Namibia and South Africa



Development of an operational capacity for real-time observation and forecasting of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in BCLME: utility of models in forecasting HABs events



Development of a shellfish sanitation programme model for application in consort with the microalgal toxins component


See reports for EV/HAB/02/01 and EV/HAB/02/02a

Investigation into the diversity and distribution of cysts of harmful algal blooms within Luanda Bay (Angola) and Lüderitz Bay and Walvis Bay (Namibia)



Development of an operational capacity for monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms in countries bordering the northern part of the BCLME: Phase 1 - Design: component pilot monitoring in the Lüderitz area



Ichthyoplankton distribution, monitoring and training, northern Namibia/southern Angola; Oceanographic, hydrological and benthos monitoring in Angolan waters


Cruise report leg 8
Cruise report leg 9

Critical review of the biophysical processes and variability that characterise the low oxygen water (LOW) variability and an improved monthly State of the Environment (SOE) reporting on low oxygen water in the BCLME



Assessment of key transboundary processes and measurement scales in respect of low oxygen water (LOW) variability: preliminary implementation and examination of the role of large scale and transboundary hydrodynamic control of LOW variability



Assessment of key transboundary processes and measurement scales in respect of low oxygen water variability: implementation of the LOW generation areas simulation that provide inputs to transboundary models in LOW project EV/LOW/02/03



Feasibility study of the south-east extension of PIRATA (Pilot Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic)



PIRATA SE Extension - purchase, deployment and retrieval of a moored buoy off the coast of Angola



Analysis of Benguela dynamical variability and assessment of predictability of warm and cold events in the BCLME



Diagnosis of large scale South Atlantic modes that impact on the transboundary BCLME: investigating the potential for improved predictability and sustainable management



Feasibility assessment for the use of a towed undulating oceanographic recorder (TUOR) in the BCLME



The Lüderitz Upwelling Cell/Orange River Cone (LUCORC) Workshop



Retrospective analysis of plankton community structure in the BCLME to provide an index of long-term change in the ecosystem



Characterising the spawning habitat (temporal, spatial and in terms of physical and biological attributes) of harvested pelagic species (Sardinops sagax, Trachurus sp., Engraulis capensis) using Continuous Underwater Fish Egg Sampler (CUFES) and net sampling



SADCO holdings of Namibian data: Assessment of historical oceanographic data available from SADCO



Review of institutional arrangements and provision of baseline information in respect of artisanal fisheries, including socio-economic surveys of coastal communities

  Nine summaries available

reports available

Feasibility study into the establishment of a permanent regional fish ageing centre in one of the BCLME countries



An assessment of the State of Commercial Fisheries Catch Data in the BCLME



Feasibility study into the application of genetic techniques for determining fish stock identity of transboundary populations in the BCLME



Determination of optimal harvesting strategies for the hake trawl and longline fisheries in Namibia and South Africa



Assessment of the ecological importance of pelagic fish and pelagic gobies in the functioning of the BCLME region - a desktop review



Development and harmonization of research and management on transboundary pilchard stocks between Angola and Namibia



Retrospective Analysis of sardinellafisheries in Angola



A review of the impacts of seismic surveying and toxicity of oil products on the early history stages of pelagic fish, the benthos and the pelagic ecosystem with potential application to the sardinella fishery



Development of a management plan for bronze whaler shark resources in the BCLME



An assessment of means of involving coastal communities in the BCLME Programme



Introducing the BCLME Programme to the wider audience within the coastal communities



Ecosystem approaches for fisheries (EAF) management in the BCLME



A regional ecosystem monitoring programme: top predators as biological indicators of ecosystem change in the BCLME



Development of a responsible aquaculture policy for the BCLME region



An economic and legal study to assess the policy prospects for formulating a balanced development of trade in fish and fish products from the BCLME

  Six summaries available

Seven reports available

A report on the biological, social and economic impact of rights allocations in the BCLME
  Seven summaries available (incl PTG.)

Seven reports available

Harmonisation of socio-economic policies and legal provisions for effective implementation of the BCLME Programme



An analysis of revenue raising instruments of the important commercial fisheries in the BCLME countries



Survey of transboundary demersal fish stocks in southern Namibia with special reference to hake



Assessment of variability of transboundary pelagic fish stocks particularly sardinella from Gabon to central Angola



Transboundary study with emphasis on deep water hake in the Lüderitz-Orange River cone area



Transboundary survey between Namibia and South Africa with focus on shared stocks of hake



Transboundary survey of pelagic fish particularly horse mackerel and pilchard in southern Angola and northern Namibia



Transboundary survey of hake and hake ichthyoplankton in the transboundary area between the Orange River and Lüderitz