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A decade of implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries for southern African fisheries

Posted on 11 November 2015
Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries for SA Fisheries
This is the third publication produced by WWF describing the progress made towards implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) region over the last decade. This publication builds on the two previous reports by Nel et al. in 2007 and Petersen et al. in 2010 and reviews those earlier assessments and updates them, presenting the reports of all the ecological risk assessments (ERAs) undertaken in Namibia and South Africa between 2010 and 2013, as well as the report of a training workshop held in Luanda, Angola on 18-19 May 2011. The report also tracks the history of EAF implementation and reviews the tools developed through the BCLME project. It includes a practical guide to facilitating ERAs and Review workshops and provides a set of recommendations to guide the future implementation of an EAF in the region.

During this third phase of the on-going assessment and review programme, ERAs were completed for 10 fisheries in South Africa and three in Namibia, encompassing a range of fisheries including the Patagonian toothfish fishery around South Africa’s Prince Edward Islands, the prawn trawl fishery on the east coast of South Africa, the demersal hake fishery in Namibia and a lot more in-between. Overall, in these three series WWF has reported on ERAs conducted on 29 fisheries, to which can also be added those undertaken on three Angolan fisheries under the BCLME-FAO project that ran from 2004-2006 (Cochrane et al.,2007). These reports provide an important window for the Benguela Current Commission, the governments of Namibia and South Africa in particular, and a range of stakeholders on progress being made in the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) in the region and the remaining priority threats and challenges.