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Capacity development in the Ocean Decade and beyond: Key questions about meanings, motivations, pathways, and measurements

“Capacity development is a major priority in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Decade). Persistent disparities in ocean science capacity illustrate the substantial challenges to achieving the Decade’s stated goal of eradicating inequality. We argue that a new conversation about capacity development is essential for the success of the Decade […]

A Seismic Shift: A coalition of fishing communities, activists and lawyers has come together to keep the coasts and oceans of South Africa free of the destructive Blue Economy agenda

“A Seismic Shift: A coalition of fishing communities, activists and lawyers has come together to keep the coasts and oceans of South Africa free of the destructive Blue Economy agenda” in Samudra, March, No.87, pp.4-7, ISSN 0973-1121 by Jackie Sunde.

Environmental Justice in the Ocean

“Environmental justice refers broadly to the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens, and the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in environmental decisionmaking and legal frameworks. The field of environmental justice initially developed out of a concern for the disproportionate distribution and impacts of environmental pollution and hazardous waste disposal on groups that […]

Challenges and Solutions to develop capacity for Deep-sea Research and Management in South Africa

“The deep sea in South Africa remains poorly studied with insufficient information to underpin the soundenvironmental management needed to support an expanding ocean economy. Many other countries face similar challenges in developing sustainable ocean economies and there are new global efforts calling for more inclusive and equitable deep-sea science and management. There are frequent requests […]

Plastics in the Indian Ocean – sources, transport, distribution, and impacts

“Plastic debris is the most common and exponentially increasing human pollutant in the world’s ocean. The distribution and impact of plastic in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have been the subject of many publications but not so the Indian Ocean (IO). Some of the IO rim countries have the highest population densities globally and mismanagement […]

The Glasgow Climate Conference (COP26)

“After over a decade of international efforts to include the ocean in the policy discussions at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual Conference of the Parties (COP), the ocean has finally been included by, inter alia, a reference to ‘ocean-based action’ in a series of COP outcomes, notable among which is […]

Issues of context, capacity and scale: Essential conditions and missing links for a sustainable blue economy

“The blue economy has roots in the international arena of sustainable development and sets out to unlock opportunities for economy and society whilst protecting and enhancing marine environments. To date there has been no analysis of how this overarching intention for sustainability has influenced the rapid development of blue economy policies at national and regional […]

Assessment of small pelagic fish stocks in Ghanaian and adjacent waters

“a) Five stocks of small pelagic fish important to Ghana are assessed for the period 1990-2017.These are based on the stock area as used by FAO that also includes catches from Côted’Ivoire, Togo and Benin. The stocks assessed include anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus),round sardinella (Sardinella aurita), flat sardinella (Sardinella maderensis), bonga shad(Ethmalosa fimbriata) and Cunene horse […]

Assessment of demersal fish stocks in Ghanaian and adjacent waters

“This report forms part of work package RP3 – Integrated Evidence for OceanManagement – as part of the Ghana Workplan. It contributes to deliverable 3.03“Part I Fisheries data collation” and “Part II Inshore fish stock assessment”. The workis based primarily on data collated by the Fishery Committee for the Eastern CentralAtlantic (CECAF) and reported in […]