Director

Secretariat

Konstanze von Schudnat
Institute of Sea Fisheries

Palmaille 9
22767 Hamburg-Altona
Phone: +49 40 38905 178
Fax: +49 40 38905 263
sf@thuenen.de


Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West African waters (AWA)

Project

Capacity Development in Nordwest Afrika (c) Thünen-Institut/Maik Tiedemann
Auf den Ebenen der edukativen Nachhaltigkeit (Education), inhaltlichen Nachhaltigkeit (Research) und der strukturellen Nachhaltigkeit (Governance) arbeiten wir zusammen mit afrikanischen, französischen und deutschen Partnern im AWA Projekt (Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West African waters) für ein besseres Verständnis des Meeresökosystems vor Nordwest Afrika und der Umsetzung eines nachhaltigen Fischereimanagements. (© Thünen-Institut/Maik Tiedemann)

The project is part of a strategic partnership to West African countries, putting forward a vision of ecosystem-based management of regional natural resources.

Background and Objective

The project proposes setting up a strategic partnership capable of developing the vision of an Ecosystem Approach to the management of the marine environment, which includes an ecosystem approach to fisheries in West African waters, and providing the scientific basis this requires. AWA calls for a multidisciplinary approach combining marine and fishery ecology, biogeochemistry, physical oceanography and climate science. It will also involve a strong monitoring and modelling component.

Target Group

Politics, science

Preliminary Results

 ICAWA I

The first associated ICAWA (International Conference “Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West African waters”) was successfully conducted in Dakar 09. – 11. Dec 2014. Primary objective of the conference was the presentation of results from sustainable fisheries and marine management research. Member states of the SRFC (Sub Regional Fisheries Commission) and its African and European partners exchanged and gained knowledge within six sessions and four side-sessions based on biology, ecology, law and socio-economy.

Thünen-Ph.D. student Maik Tiedemann was awarded best oral presentation in session 2 („Variablility of pelagic productivity in West-African waters“) with a contribution dealing with the vertical distribution of fish larvae along the Senegalese coastal area. His study reveals insights into abilities of fish larvae to compensate an offshore transport due to wind driven surface water masses to unproductive oceanic regions via vertical migration to deeper water layers, which are able to transport larvae back towards the productive shelf region. His contribution indicates survival strategies of Northwest-African native species and explains to some extent the large stocks of small pelagic fish species (horse mackerels, sardinella and anchovies).

 ICAWA II

The associated ICAWA (International Conference “Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West African waters”) goes into the second round. More on

www.spcsrp.org/medias/csrp/projets/Awa/2nd_ANNOUNCEMENT_ICAWA2015.pdf

and

www.awa-project.org/inscription-conference/

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Duration

2.2013 - 1.2017

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Projekt type:
Project status: ongoing