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22 January 2019
Since 2017, the EAF Nansen Programme has included studies of ocean acidification as part of their measuring program. In this regard, the laboratory was equipped with instruments for measurement of seawater pH and alkalinity. When two parameters are measured all the other variables in the carbonate ocean system can be calculated. The aim of this workshop was to give an overview of ocean acidification and how it is studied. Melissa Chierici, IMR, gave an interesting introduction to methodology and how to measure chemical change in the ocean. Thus, it is important to train new participants...
21 January 2019
From 4 to 6 December 2018 a workshop was held at FAO, Rome, to explore the use and application of various bottom habitat mapping methods and techniques as well as modelling approaches in order to identify a suite of options for application in the EAF-Nansen Programme. Main workshop objectives were to provide an overview of habitat mapping in the context of the EAF-Nansen Programme, reviewing and learning from past mapping experiences and modelling approaches and tools, develop ‘best practice guidelines’ for exploratory habitat mapping and follow-up analyses in data-poor waters. 25 experts from 15 countries attended the meeting.
20 January 2019
From 5 to 7 December 2018 a meeting was held in Maputo, Mozambique, to prepare a baseline report on the physical and chemical properties (organic pollutants and heavy metals) of the sediment samples collected as part of Leg 1.3 of the survey undertaken by the RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen in northern Mozambique from 21 March to 4 April 2018. The results of the survey report were reviewed, the data and samples collected were presented and follow-up work i.e. collaborative projects and publications were planned. The meeting achieved its key objectives and the first draft of the baseline report on the physical...
29 November 2018
The EAF-Nansen Programme fielded a mission to Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Benin in November 2018 as part of the Programme’s support for the implementation of management plans for beach seine fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea. The objectives of the mission were to assess the status of implementation of the beach seine management plan in each country, to understand recent developments in the fisheries sector since 2013 when the plans were completed and approved for implementation and the need for possible updates, to identify other projects and initiatives in place that could be...
20 November 2018
A group of 20 experts from 10 countries, FAO and the World Fish Centre met in Bergen on 13 to 15 November to discuss research priorities related to food safety and nutrition in the context of the EAF-Nansen Programme. The Institute of Marine Research hosted the meeting. This area of work is new to the EAF-Nansen Programme and its inclusion was motivated by the poor information on nutritional and food safety aspects available in developing countries, and the possibility of being able to opportunistically sample a wide...
13 November 2018
On November 6 to 9, 17 experts from Africa, the Bay of Bengal, Norway and FAO met to discuss various aspects of the ecology and the abundance of mesopelagic fish. This is a group of fishes living at depths of between two hundred and one thousand metres (called the twilight zone) throughout the world oceans. Because of their widespread distribution and the presence of high concentrations locally, they have been regarded as possible targets for industrial fisheries since the 70ies, although to date no major fishery has developed.
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