Benchmarking knowledge-based adaptive management of estuarine fisheries in South Africa for sustainable development
South Africa’s enchanting coastline, with its sandy shores and rugged cliffs, protects hidden treasures in the form of dynamic estuaries where rivers meet the sea. These estuaries serve as crucial nurseries for both estuary and marine fish, sustaining aquatic life and offering a lifeline to economically-challenged communities. Amidst their serene beauty, however, a looming crisis unfolds as overfishing and habitat destruction jeopardize these invaluable resources, and the livelihoods of people relying on these systems.
This presentation by Dr Murray focuses on a project that builds on 20 years of research on the movements of important estuary fish species. The project incorporates crucial, yet often overlooked, socio-cultural and socio-economic research, setting this project apart from anything previously done in this field of estuarine fisheries in South Africa. This holistic, or socio-ecological, approach ultimately seeks to guide a more sustainable approach to the conservation of estuarine ecosystems and services, promoting more equitable yet sustainable use of estuary resources.
Date: Thursday 19 October 2023, 10.30am (Johannesburg)
The recording of this webinar is available on the SAIAB YouTube Channel below: