i) Develop a common understanding of estuarine ecology and biophysical variability of three estuarine systems typical of the WIO
ii) Identify natural resource use by communities that border on these estuaries, and the socio-ecological processes and feedback systems that have developed over time, with a focus on fisheries
iii) Develop decision-making tools that will allow for a better integration of resource use and management by public authorities
iv) Strengthen regional collaboration in the WIO among scientists and research institutes faced with similar challenges of resource assessment and provision of management advice.
The project will rely, as far as possible, on existing long-term data collected by partner research institutes and on remote sensing and satellite data obtainable from open internet sources (i.e. NOAA, NASA, SA Weather bureau). This strategy is expected to provide the bulk of information to describe the underlying variables affecting socio-ecological systems (i.e. precipitation; run-off; temperature; productivity; seasonality; land-use surrounding estuaries). We will rely on historical fishing effort and landings data to construct longer term trends. Where data are unavailable, or need to be augmented to fill specific gaps, field sampling will be undertaken. Short field trips to ground-truth existing data will be undertaken, as well as limited field sampling to ascertain gear selectivity, and species and size composition of landings. Field sampling will be undertaken by partner research institutes in each country to minimize costs of travel.
i) Rio dos Bons Sinais (Mozambique)
ii) Rufiji River delta (Tanzania)
iii) Tana Estuarine System (Kenya
Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI);
|Lead Institution:||Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI)|
|Year of Approval:||2016|
|Project Country:||Comoros, South Africa, Mayotte, and Somalia|
|Investigators:||Johan Groeneveld, Fiona Mackay, Jorge Santos, Baraka Kuguru, Antonio Hoguane, Paul Onyango, and Pascal Thoya|
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