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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 an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) Management. This concept is based on two main principles, namely a) maintaining and enhancing the ecosystem health as a whole and b) balancing diverse societal needs and values. Towards this goal an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) is a participatory and transparent tool used in fishery management to track the implementation of the EAF and to that priority issues are identified and appropriate management actions are taken to ensure long-term conservation and sustainability.  EAF is an integral part of an ecosystem-based management (EBM). 

The ERA was applied to some commercially valuable fish stocks in the BCLME region during the implementation of the first BCC Norwegian-funded Science Programme and has become an integral part of the fisheries management in the BCC Member States – a paradigm shift from a tradional target resources oriented management (TROM).

Objective

To support the Parties to mainstream and sustain the implementation of ERA. The ERA will be applied to fish stocks that have not yet been assessed and also reassess those that were previously assessed.

Scope of Work

 1.     Conduct ERA training workshops for researchers within fisheries research institutions (INIP, NatMIRC and DAFF), including the production of a training manual on ERA

2.     Conduct the ERA of stocks that were assessed to determine the impact and make appropriate recommendations for improvement

3.     Conduct ERA of stocks not assessed before

4.     Perfom the review of how ERA is impacting the fisheries resources management and make appropriate recommendations to the Member States.

 Outputs and Reports

DocumentLanguage
1. Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) Review Report for the Angolan Gamba FisheryEnglishPortuguese
2. Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) Review Report for the Angola Small Pelagic FisheryEnglishPortuguese
3. Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) Review Workshop for the Namibian Hake FisheryEnglishPortuguese
4. Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) Review Report for the Namibian Horse Mackerel Trachurus capensis FisheryEnglishPortuguese
5. Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) Review Workshop for the South African Squid FisheryEnglishPortuguese
6. Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) Review Workshop for the South African LinefisheryEnglishPortuguese
7. Final review reportEnglishPortuguese

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