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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.



R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen returned home

After 23 years in the waters of 31 countries, the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen arrived yesterday in morning in Bergen.
Last time was in December 1993. About 50 IMR employees welcomed the vessel at the Nykirke pier, including the former Research Director of IMR, Odd Nakken the current Director, Sissel Rogne, and Gabriella Bianchi, former Senior Fisheries Officer at FAO.

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New R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen successfully lunched

On 23 December 2015 the new research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen was launched at the Spanish warf Astrelleros Gondan Shipyard.

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R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen Northwest Africa pelagic fishery resources survey

From 21 October to 12 December 2015, a regional pelagic resources survey was carried out in the Canary Current large marine ecosystem area by the research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen through a joint effort of the EAF-Nansen Project and the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem Project both executed by FAO. The survey covered the waters of The Gambia, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal.

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