Owing to their position on the South East Atlantic coast, Namibian waters are amongst the productive fisheries areas in the Atlantic. This productivity has historically managed to sustain high fisheries yields, with the Hake fishery being of key economic importance. Initial work of the Hub in Namibia seeks to co-identify, through contextual analysis, the matters of concern to which the Hub research can focus. This ground work will include ethnographic mapping through interviews, oral histories and focus groups with woman and the silenced voices in the marine sector, subsistence, small scale and recreational fishers in identified sites (Walvis Bay and Luderitz). In addition, meetings and focus groups with Topnaar community and civil society partners will be undertaken to plan research and identify critical concerns. In parallel, fisheries data gap analysis will be undertaken to identify needs and priorities for further research to inform and support the sustainable development of this critical sector in Namibia.