Marine and estuarine fisheries of KwaZulu-Natal publication launched

  • 23 January 2015 | Ann Kunz

ORI scientist Bernadine Everett with the fisheries publication

In order to manage fisheries on a sustainable and equitable basis, a sound knowledge of them is required. It is also necessary to consider the combined impact of all fisheries on marine biodiversity, as well as their value to society in order to create a balanced management approach.

With this in mind, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife (EKZNW) requested the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) to collate all existing fisheries data for KwaZulu-Natal into a single, easily accessible publication.

ORI scientist Bernadine Everett took on the task and along with colleagues from ORI, EKZNW, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, compiled profiles for all the marine and estuarine fisheries of the province.

“This project, which took almost a year to complete, has been both challenging and rewarding. The intention of the publication, which includes contributions from twelve scientists, was that it should be informative, user-friendly and compact – I am very pleased with the result.”

The profiles are comprehensive and include aspects such as participation, user profiles, catches, effort, impacts on biodiversity, sustainability, monitoring and data collection, economic values and management strategies used.

The format of the publication is intended to be user friendly and targeted at a wide audience, making this information accessible to all interested parties. It is available for download here.

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