The EAF-Nansen Project “Strengthening the Knowledge Base for and Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Marine Fisheries in Developing Countries” (GCP/INT/003/NOR) is an initiative to support the implementation of the ecosystem approach in the management of marine fisheries. The aim is to promote sustainable utilization of marine living resources and improved protection of the marine environment.
Notionally, the project started in December 2006 but substantively from early 2008 and has a five-year time frame. The project is executed by FAO in close collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway and funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
The EAF-Nansen Project is set to strengthen regional and country specific efforts to reduce poverty and create conditions to assist in the achievement of food security through development of sustainable fisheries management regimes and specifically through the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries in a number of developing countries. The initial focus of the project is on Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project is a means to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) related to eradication of poverty and hunger while simultaneously ensuring environmental sustainability.
Another Marine Species Named After Oddgeir Alvheim
In Volume 7 of the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, sept nouvelles espèces de labres sont décrites. One of them – Novaculops alvheimi – has been named after Mr Oddgeir Alvheim, who discovered the species when sorting a trawl catch on board R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen. The new fish species was discovered on the Mascarene banks between Mauritius and the Seychelles in 2008. Oddgeir is one of the longest-serving members of the Nansen scientific team and a few years ago Turbonilla alvheimi, a 2 mm long sea snail discovered in the waters off West Africa, was also named after him.
Approval of the Beach Seine fishery management plan for Côte d'Ivoire
Following the joint EAF-Nansen project, NFFP (NEPAD-FAO Fish Programme), FCWC (Fisheries Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea) mission to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the management plan for the beach seine fishery of the country was approved by the Minister of Animal and Fishery Resources Mr. Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani on Tuesday 18th of February 2014.
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EAF-Nansen project holds Forum and Steering Committee meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
From 7 to 12 October, the EAF-Nansen project organized a series of events in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On 7 October, the second joint meeting of the Regional Steering Committees of the project was held; it attended by 61 participants from 26 African countries and representatives of 10 agencies comprising Regional Fishery Bodies, Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) projects, Norad, IMR, FAO and other United Nations agencies.
The Steering Committee was followed by the Project Forum, the Norad/FAO/IMR semi-annual meeting and the meeting of the Task Force for the development of the second phase of the project.
The third Forum of the EAF-Nansen project was held on 8-10 October under the theme: Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries– Progress Made in Africa.