The group around the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries (SARCHI ME&F) is concerned with developing methodology for the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) in the Benguela large marine ecosystem, and more generally, methodology for a systems approach to managing human interactions with the ocean. This includes coping with, and adapting to, climate change in marine social-ecological systems.

The interdisciplinary team is led by Associate Professor Astrid Jarre and Dr Lynne Shannon.

We provide leadership to UCT's Marine and Antarctic Research centre on Innovation and Sustainability (MARIS) and are affiliated with UCT’s Centre for Statistics in Environment, Ecology and Conservation (SEEC). We are grateful for core funding by the DST/NRF South African Research Chair Initiative, and additional funding from the CEC, UCT, the NRF and UKRI/GCRF. Our professional network includes colleagues in South Africa, southern Africa and world-wide.


Monday, 6 December 2021
Two papers in Ecology & Society from our SCIFR project

Huge congratulations to Catherine and Louise for publishing key results from their PhD research in Ecology and Society!

Publication Date:
Fri, 26 Nov 2021 - 09:15
Two Post-Doc opportunities in our team for 2022

We are offering two postdoctoral fellowships for 2022. One is related to our research on integrated ecosystem assessments where we are looking for a marine researcher with a keen interest in ecosystem processes and system-based approaches to management, and with a good understanding of anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems.  The other is related to our new NRF project Eco-ACE

Publication Date:
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 - 12:30
Better climate models predict worse outcomes for future marine ecosystems in our warming oceans

Lynne and Kelly are part of the Fisheries and marine ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project (Fish-MIP). The project’s most recent study, published in Nature Climate Change, uses new generation Earth System climate model projections as input to ecosystem models, showing “a greater decline in mean global ocean animal biomass under both strong-mitigation and high-emissions scenarios due to elevated warming, despite greater uncertainty in net primary production in the high-emissions scenario.”  

Publication Date:
Wed, 03 Nov 2021 - 09:00
As die see byt (Hooked by the sea)

We are very happy and proud to have finalised the film of our musical theatre “As die see byt”, co-produced with The Rainbow Exchange, and the documentary “The making of…” that goes along with it. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 - 15:15