The project is part of a strategic partnership to West African countries, putting forward a vision of ecosystem-based management of regional natural resources.
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.
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).
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
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2.2013 - 1.2017
Project status: ongoing