BCC Norwegian Ecosystem-Based Management Programme

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Strengthening Ability to Monitor Ecosystem Health

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Strengthening the Fisheries Management in the BCLME through the Application of ERA

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BCC Norwegian Ecosystem-Based Management Programme (2016-2017)

During 2016/2017, Norway provided financial support to Angola, Namibia and South Africa through the Benguela Current Convention to implement four projects covering highly prioritised policy actions in the BCC Strategic Action Programme (SAP).  These include a) the application of Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) to strengthen the fisheries management in the BCLME region. The ERA was applied to  hake species and horse mackerel species in Namibia and South Africa, as well as shrimp species, sardinella species and dentex species in Angola  (b) the identification of new pollution hotspots in the region; the drafting of monitoring plans; training on pollution monitoring of scientists.  In addition, recommendations on the integration of plans into policies to control and monitor water quality standards, control spillage and release of harmful and noxious substances were made. The roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in pollution management were also identified c) updated the National Plan of Action (NPOAs) for by-catch and ghost fishing of seabirds and turtles and a review report on current status and threats to seabirds, turtles and other vulnerable marine species in the BCC region was produced d)  development of a framework document on ability to monitor the ecosystem health.

The final report of the EBM programme can be downloaded here – Final Report Ecosystem-Based Management Programme.

Selected documents of the Ecosystem-based management projects are contained under the various projects below.

Science Programme
August 10, 2021

Identifying, Monitoring and Manage Pollution at Hotspot Locations (POL/2016/01)

Strategic Action Programme Theme (SAP) Poluution Rationale Water is one of the most important and basic natural resources. Water is not only one of the most essential commodities of our…
Science Programme
August 10, 2021

Strengthening the Fisheries through the Application of ERA (LMR/2016/01)

Strategic Action Programme Theme (SAP) Living Marine Resources Rationale As a signatories to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), Angola, Namibia and South Africa are committed to implement…
Science Programme
August 10, 2021

Strengthening Ability to Monitor Ecosystem Health (EHB/2016/02)

Strategic Action Programme Theme (SAP) Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Rationale Ecosystems are becoming damaged or degraded as a result of stresses especially associated with human activities. A healthy ecosystem is…
Science Programme
August 10, 2021

1. Reduce Threat to Species and Habitats (EHB/2016/01)

Strategic Action Programme Theme (SAP) Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity Rationale Coastal habitats comprise some of the most productive and valued ecosystems of the world. They are also some of the…

BCC Norwegian Funded Science Programme 2008-2018

 

For the past 30 years or so, Norway has supported Angola, Namibia and South Africa through the Benguela Current Collection of environmental variables (oxygen, temperature, salinity, depth) at trawl stations form part of the surveys.  Huge fishery database exist  that provide reliable time series for the major fisheries (Cape hake, deepwater hake, horse mackerel and sardinella) in the region.  Norway support included training and capacity developed and skills transfer in areas such as fish sampling, acoustics, stock assessments and taxonomy to the scientists in marine research instittues in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem region.

The transboundary surveys were conducted using the Dr Fridtjof Nansen research vessel under the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) contracted out to the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Bergen.

Final report and selected documents under the Science Programme are contained here.

 

Survey Area Objective Report
Luderitz to Cape Agulhas BCC hake regional survey Hake Survey Report Feb 2008
Hake Survey Report Feb 2009
Namibia and South African west coast BCC hake regional recruitment survey Hake Juvenile Survey Report March 2009
Hake Survey Report Feb 2010
Southern Angola and Northern Namibia To map the distribution and estimate the abundance of the most commercially important pelagic species in the Namibia-Angola transboundary area  Pelagic Fish Survey Report Angola and Namibia August 2010
South African west coast between Cape Agulhas and Orange River BCC hake regional survey  Hake Survey Report Feb 2011