ENABLING PEOPLE TO CREATE CHANGE: CAPACITY BUILDING FOR ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO FISHERIES (EAF) IMPLEMENTATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Recent studies report that 80% of marine resources are fully or over exploited. In an attempt to address this, countries are moving towards implementing an Ecosystems Approach (EAF) to Fisheries management.
A strong component of an EAF is the involvement of fishing sector stakeholders in the making of decisions that affect them but, despite this, no formal or informal information exchange or training on this and other EAF concepts existed in South Africa prior to the development of the Responsible Fisheries Programme (RFP).
Engaging with Fisher communities in the Eastern Cape. This was part of academic research into how small scale fishers were able to engage with drawing up of the small scale fishing policy. (this research was written up as a Masters Thesis and is currently being prepared for publication).